Admission to the ACES Minor

The ACES Minor is a two year minor in cybersecurity, housed in the Honors College and open to juniors and seniors in all majors. This minor takes a multidisciplinary approach to cybersecurity education as students gain knowledge about many of the intersecting fields in cybersecurity - law and public policy, criminal justice, journalism, and computer science and engineering.

Student Eligibility

Students should apply in the spring semester of their sophomore year to enter the program in the Fall of their junior year and must meet all of the following requirements at the time of application to be eligible for consideration:

  • Minimum of 30 university credits completed (sophomore standing; not including AP/IB credits);
  • Strong academic record (minimum GPA of 3.0); and
  • At least four semesters remaining at the University of Maryland prior to graduation.

Students of all majors are eligible to apply and prior admission to the Honors College is not required. While there are no pre-requisite courses for participation, ACES recommends that students have completed at least one or more of the following:

  • Completion of the Honors College Citation in Cybersecurity (ACES Living-Learning Program);
  • Completion of relevant introductory coursework, including one or more of the following, with a grade of B- or better:
    • Calculus I (MATH130, MATH140, MATH220)
    • Introductory Statistics (including STAT100, BMGT230, CCJS200, PSYC200, SOCY201, AP Statistics, etc.)
    • CMSC131 Object-Oriented Programming I 
    • ENES100 Introduction to Engineering Design; and
  • Previous practical experience (such as internships and/or research) related to cybersecurity.

Application Process

Applications become available online during late fall with an application deadline in early spring. Students applying will complete an application form, including short answer responses, and will be asked to submit additional material including recommendation letters and a resume.

An admission committee comprised of ACES program faculty and staff will review applications and select students for the entering cohort each year. In selecting students to participate, ACES emphasizes academic achievement, extracurricular achievement, level of demonstrated interest in cybersecurity, and diversity of academic disciplines and student backgrounds.

Important Dates

Spring 2017:

  • Interested students must submit a completed application by 11:59pm on March 1st
  • Admission decisions will be communicated electronically by March 31st


Answers to frequently asked questions are available here. Please direct additional questions to the ACES program at

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