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MS in Systems Engineering with Certificate in Cybersecurity

The Systems Engineering (SE) Program at UMBC is designed to accelerate the development of systems engineers by providing practical experience that can be immediately applied on the job. Students learn from industry experts how to develop operable systems that meet customer requirements, while successfully navigating the complexities of system design.  The M.S. in SE program provides the broad background required for successful systems engineers in the 21st century.

Courses are developed and taught by senior systems engineers and address the entire systems engineering life cycle, including requirements analysis, systems architecture and design, modeling, simulation and analysis, and system implementation and test. Classes are held at convenient late afternoon or early evening times to meet the needs of working professionals.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity Strategy & Policy provides students the essential domain knowledge required to serve in decision-making roles throughout the cybersecurity industry. Students will learn how to analyze cybersecurity risks, develop appropriate protection & response options, and assess operational requirements for government, military, critical infrastructure, and commercial missions. Upon completing the certificate, students will possess advanced knowledge of the strategy, policy, and analytic aspects of cybersecurity.

Program Topics Include:

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, you will be able to:


The Master’s of Science in Systems Engineering program with a certificate in cybersecurity is a non-thesis program. Students must earn 30 credit hours, including ENEE 670: Systems Engineering Project. In the project course, students complete an industry-based SE project and write a related technical report.

The curriculum consists of five core SE courses that equip students with the processes, techniques, and tools required to practice systems engineering, four required courses in cybersecurity and one elective course that can be chosen from many technical or management electives.

Six Required Systems Engineering Courses

These six core systems engineering courses can be applied to a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in SE or the first half of a M.S. in Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Engineering Management. ENEE 672 is a required course for students entering in the Fall of 2015 and afterwards.

Four Required Cybersecurity Courses

Students are urged to confer with the Systems Engineering Program Director, Toby Gouker, for selection of elective courses to ensure that graduation requirements are met.

Examples of appropriate depth courses:

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy

This program is explained in more detail at

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