UMBC Center for Information Security and Assurance


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What IA scholarships does UMBC offer?
  2. How do I apply for an IA scholarship at UMBC?
  3. Who is eligible for these IA scholarships?
  4. What are the scholarship benefits?
  5. How do I join the IA educational program?
  6. Is there a separate degree program in IA?
  7. Is there a formal certificate program in IA?
  8. How can I contribute to research being conducted at CISA?

  1. What IA scholarships does UMBC offer?

    UMBC currently offers the Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) and the Federal Cyber Service Scholars for Service (SFS) program. More information may be found on this web page.

  2. How do I apply for an IA scholarship at UMBC?

    Follow the instructions on this web page. You must fill out and submit an application by the stated deadline. A concise list of reminders and frequently asked questions regarding the SFS scholarship may be found here.

  3. Who is eligible for these possible IA scholarships?

    Students must be pursuing degree programs at UMBC at the B.S., M.P.S., M.S., or Ph.D. level. Undergraduates must have attained junior status or higher. Read the instructions for other important requirements (e.g. USA citizenship, ability to obtain the minimum security clearance required by the scholarship, and a U.S. Government service agreement).

  4. What are the scholarship benefits?

    In addition to the full-ride scholarship, students will also be given immediate appointments under the Student Career Experience Program as federal civilian Information Assurance Scholars (part-time interns) in a variety of defense agencies and locations nationwide. During breaks in your academic studies, you will receive progressive, hands-on experience via full-time information security related internships.

  5. How do I join the IA educational program?

    You must apply for an existing degree program in Computer Science (CMSC), Electrical Engineering (ENEE), Computer Engineering (CMPE), Information Systems (IS), Mathematics (MATH), Physics (PHYS), or Public Policy (PUBL) at the B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. level.

  6. Is there a separate degree program in IA?

    There is a separate Master's in Professional Studies degree program in Cybersecurity offered by the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.

    Students pursuing an undergraduate or research graduate degree can take IA courses as part of an existing ddegree program in CMSC, ENEE, CMPE, or IS.

  7. Is there a formal certificate program in IA?

    The Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering offers a Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy.

    Students enrolled in degree programs at the B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. level whose degree programs include four approved CISA courses can receive a letter of recognition from the Dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology certifying that they have completed the requirements of a track of study in Information Assurance at UMBC.

  8. How can I contribute to research being conducted at CISA?

    A list of active research projects is available on this web page. Students may join an active project and/or propose their own security-related research project. Interested students should contact the Director, Dr. Sherman.