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The MS in Cybersecurity program at Hood College is designed to provide students with a rigorous academic program and cutting-edge instruction, while partnering with industry and government institutions to offer hands-on experience. Situated near Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Hood College is in a strategic geographic position to supply real-world opportunities to students and bring a skilled workforce to the area.

The MS in Cybersecurity builds on the college's existing graduate certificate in cybersecurity, and is designed to address the core subject areas and skill sets identified in the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS).

The program prepares students for advanced cybersecurity positions by offering a comprehensive cybersecurity education that includes (1) exposure to the theoretical foundations of cybersecurity, (2) practical experience in the technical aspects computing, and (3) training in real-world cybersecurity settings.

The program is accessible to both technical and non-technical students with bachelor's degrees. Students without prior computing background can enter the degree program by enrolling in the two prerequisite foundation courses that introduce computing fundamentals. Students will then progress through the program by taking <link: http://www.hood.edu/Graduate-School/Programs/Cybersecurity,-M-S/Program-Overview.html> 10 courses. These courses cover topics including telecommunications and networking, computer forensics, information security, network security, cryptography, security policies, ethics and law, information assurance, and penetration testing. The program includes a Capstone experience course that allows students to work on cybersecurity by being embedded in regional high-tech organizations and research labs or complete a significant research project.

Part-time or full-time

By taking one or two courses a semester, students can complete the 30-credit program in three years. Or as full-time students, they can take combination of hybrid and on-campus classes and graduate in 18 months. Both formats provide instruction from highly qualified faculty and adjunct instructors with proven professional Cybersecurity experience.

Admissions Requirements

For students applying to the masters in cybersecurity program, please submit the following to the Graduate School: (a) One copy of official transcripts from each institution attended, and, (b) Résumé/CV that provides educational and professional experience

This program is designed for students who have a solid background in computer science or information technology, including database and telecommunications concepts, either through formal study or professional experience. Students who do not have the necessary background will be required to complete one or both of the foundation courses in addition to ensure they are well prepared for the required coursework. The program director determines the required foundation courses based on a thorough evaluation of transcripts and other supporting documents.

Computing and Cybersecurity at Hood College

Hood introduced its first computer science course in 1972. Today, its Department of Computer Science & Information Technology offers several undergraduate (B.S. in Computer Science, minor in computer science, and minor in web development) and graduate programs (M.S. in Computer Science, M.S. in Information Technology, M.S. in Management Information Systems, and Certificate in Cybersecurity) The graduate cybersecurity certificate program was developed in 2009 upon consultation with regional government and industry partners, including Fort Detrick, Department of the Army, Bechtel, BP, Life Sciences Corp., and Lockheed Martin. Graduates from the programs find jobs at top regional and national industry and government organizations, finding positions in cybersecurity as computer security engineers, security consultants, penetration testers, and auditors.

About the Hood College Graduate School

The Graduate School at Hood College ranks among the best for a high level of academic quality, cutting-edge resources, convenient scheduling and affordable tuition. In addition to 19 programs leading to master's degrees and 11 post-baccalaureate certificates and certifications, the school offers doctorates in organizational leadership and business administration. Studies are designed both to deepen intellectual understanding for life and to broaden competencies for career advancement. For enhanced professional skills and marketability, Hood's graduate school is the clear choice. Faculty members bring both scholarly and real-world experience to the classroom, affording students instruction that is grounded in academic knowledge and practical application. Small classes and an emphasis on collaboration stimulate lively exchanges of ideas and information. Professors know students by name and face, not by number. With students from more than 25 nations, the Graduate School benefits from a rich cultural diversity and a dynamic fusion of perspectives on world events.

Hood's close, long-standing ties to business and industry throughout Maryland enable students to gain practical experience and forge valuable, professional connections. The Graduate School has close ties to an exceptional network of world-class research and development, life science, biomedical, information technology, aerospace, engineering and other top industries, government institutions and military installations. Hood boasts easy access to the highest concentration of doctoral scientists, engineers, mathematical and biological scientists, health care providers and technical professionals in the United States. Maryland is an R&D powerhouse, ranking second nationally in annual federal government funding.

About Hood College: A Vision for Academic Excellence

Hood College is an independent liberal arts college located on a striking and stunningly picturesque campus in the vibrant and historic central Maryland city of Frederick. The College's well-regarded faculty and caring support staff provide a quality education at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a small-college environment that integrates the liberal arts with professional studies and experiential learning. Hood's core values and traditions, its commitment to continuous improvement, comparative excellence, and exceeding student expectations have made it a treasured institution to current students and to more than 23,000 graduates living in the United States and around the world.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
(Certificate) Cybersecurity
Master of Science (MS) Computer science
Master of Science (MS) Cybersecurity
Master of Science (MS) Information technology

Degrees Awarded

Master's Degrees 71
Other Advanced Degrees 17

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Master's Degrees Thesis Optional


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline August 15th August 5th Yes
Spring deadline December 1st December 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Master's Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 2.75, essay, resume
International Students Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 575
TOEFL IBT score: 89
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 7

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit FAFSA
Types of financial support available Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 2.38%
Black or African American 3.97%
White or Caucasian 23%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 3.17%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 0.79%
Unknown 1.59%


Male (62%)
Female (37%)


Total faculty
Full-time (6)
Part-time (4)
Male (8)
Female (2)


Focus of faculty research: Systems engineering, natural language, processing, database design, artificial intelligence and parallel distributed computing
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 401 Rosemont Avenue
Frederick, MD  21701-8575
United States
Contact Dr. April M. Boulton
Dean of the Graduate School
Email: gofurther@hood.edu
Phone: 301-696-3600