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Choose from dozens of degrees and certificates. Learn in-demand expertise from industry thought leaders and connect with an amazing network of alumni to start claiming your future today.

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UMBC’s Biotech program at the Shady Grove campus is just steps away from leading life sciences companies. The curriculum offers advanced instruction in the life sciences, plus coursework in regulatory affairs, leadership, management, and financial management. The degree prepares science professionals to fill management and leadership roles


With over 250k cybersecurity jobs currently unfilled, there’s never been a better time to earn your professional credential in the booming field of cybersecurity. Conveniently located between the cybersecurity hubs of Baltimore and Washington D.C., UMBC’s applied graduate programs are uniquely equipped to set you up for success. With dual-designation as an NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence for Cyber Defense Education (CDE) and Information Assurance Research, our Master’s and Certificate programs are designed to equip you with the real-world skills that employers seek.

Data Science

Organizations in all sectors are awash in Big Data and require employees who understand how to manage and interpret their data. UMBC’s applied graduate program in Data Science will equip you with a deep understanding of the principles behind data science, preparing you for success in this lucrative and in-demand industry. Our classes are taught by industry experts who possess a deep understanding of the field, allowing you to unlock amazing networks and build a future-focused career.

Geographic Information Systems

Explore every angle of the field with UMBC’s graduate program. Go beyond by getting technical leadership experience as well as advanced knowledge of the development of advanced GIS applications. The growing job market demands the next generation of GIS professionals are ready to achieve excellence in a variety of industries. Discover the next phase of your career with a degree or certificate at UMBC.

Health IT

To prepare for this vital, growing field, at UMBC you will learn how to combine knowledge in such disciplines as computer science and information systems to improve the quality of health care. We will prepare you to impact public health and make breakthroughs that can save lives. You’ll learn to use technology that can reduce costs, improve quality of care, and create better health outcomes.

Software Engineering

Improve your knowledge and skills that are widely sought after in today’s economy. After successfully completing these programs, you will acquire strong competencies in modern approaches to software development, implementation, quality assurance, and software testing.


Engineering Management

Curious about how to connect practical business ideas with critical technical expertise? UMBC’s Engineering Management graduate programs are designed to teach students how to manage complex projects in their specific technical areas. Choose from a variety of specialized degree options or a certificate to support your unique path.

Integrated Product Development & Manufacturing

Learn how to take your product from concept to market in our 1-year certificate Integrated Product Development & Manufacturing program. Ideal for practicing engineers, designers, and marketers, our program will connect you with industry insiders and equip you with the skills needed to bring your idea to life.

Project Management

Project management skills and certifications are in high demand across many industries. At UMBC you can join a community of practitioners who will share their experiences in project management. This 12 credit post-baccalaureate certificate is designed for working professionals and is based on the best practices developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Software Engineering

Explore software engineering, technologies, and skills that are widely sought after in today’s economy. You’ll acquire strong competencies in modern approaches to software development, implementation, quality assurance, and software testing. Make deep connections to coursework in leadership, communications, management, and ethics.

Systems Engineering

Join classes taught by industry leaders in 4 different tracks and certificates to focus on exactly what you need to succeed. Our Systems Engineering program is designed to help you bring together knowledge about mechanical and electrical systems to create innovative new products. Collaborate with students and professors to learn about how you can make big breakthroughs in the field.

Technical Management

Explore every angle of knowledge and leadership with UMBC’s flexible Technical Management degree. Whether you’re a professional in cybersecurity, data science, information systems, computer science, or engineering, you can fit this degree to align with your needs. You’ll also be able to earn additional certificates along with the master’s degree.

Education & Training

Education MA

If you’re a certified elementary, middle, or high school teacher you can expand your content knowledge in computer science, mathematics, and STEM. Study topics like culturally responsive instruction, equity in education, educational research, and more. The computer science content area is the first and only program of its kind in Maryland. This content area was created in response to the Maryland state mandate for a computer science teacher to be in place at 100% of Maryland high schools by 2021.

College Teaching & Learning Science

Current and aspiring faculty can earn a post-master’s certificate to learn how to reach, retain, and successfully educate college learners. Study online and complete the Quality Matters Rubric workshop at the same time to get certified in online teaching. This one year program covers key topics like reaching students with motivation strategies, assessing college-level learning, and designing courses using innovative practices.

Learning and Performance Technology

Are you dedicated to constant learning through innovative and engaging curricula? One of UMBC’s most established graduate programs is designed to create professionals who are qualified to design, deliver, support, and measure training, learning, and performance within organizations. Through LAPT degrees and certificates, you can have far-reaching impact close to home and around the world.

Social Science & Leadership

Community Leadership

The Community Leadership program at UMBC is designed to prepare aspiring and practicing leaders with the skills and experience needed to enact transformative social change. The interdisciplinary program emphasizes highly applied coursework, relationship building, and hands-on practical experiences which are essential components for developing strong leadership skills.

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Leadership

Whether you want to innovate within your current organization or unlock your potential to launch your own business, UMBC’s applied Master’s program in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership will get you where you want to be. Our program is focused on a peer learning model, allowing you to collaborate across diverse perspectives in order to fuel true innovation. With courses led by thought leaders and industry experts, you’ll unlock amazing networks and uncover your deepest potential.

Industrial & Organizational Psychology

With a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from UMBC, you’ll gain a deep base of knowledge in topics such as Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Organizational Behavior and Development, and Training and Development. You’ll leave our program with real-world skills, a professional portfolio, and a network of peers, alumni, and faculty to help you find your path in this exciting industry.

Shady Grove Campus

Professional Graduate Programs

• Biotechnology
• Cybersecurity
• Data Science
• Industrial / Organizational Psychology
• Organizational Consulting
• Training and Talent Development

Undergraduate Transfer Programs

• Computer Science
• History
• Mechanical Engineering
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Social Work
• Translational Life Science Technology

Two Locations and Online

Courses are designed to fit the busy schedule of the working professional and many are conveniently offered in hybrid & online formats and in-person at our Catonsville campus and The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD.

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Note: UMBC-Shady Grove only offers upper-level coursework for their programs.