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Educating Future Cyber Leaders

The ACES Minor in cybersecurity is housed in the Honors College. Students of all majors are welcome to apply. The Minor takes a multidisciplinary approach to cybersecurity education as students gain knowledge about many of the intersecting fields in cybersecurity - law, public policy, criminal justice, communications,  computer science, and engineering.

Students must meet following requirements to be eligible for consideration:

  • Strong academic record (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0);
  • 30 university credits completed (not including AP/IB credits) prior to enrollment; and
  • At least three 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. Previous related experiences, such as internships, research, and/or completion of an Honors College Citation and/or participation in any Honors College Living Learning Program will also be considered during the admission process.

Students applying will complete the online application form including short answer questions and submit a resume and recommendation letters.

An admission committee comprised of ACES program faculty and staff will review applications. In selecting students to participate, ACES emphasizes academic achievement, extracurricular achievement, level of demonstrated interest in cybersecurity, and a range of academic disciplines and experiences.

For entrance into the Minor:

  • Applications open each semester for entrance beginning the following semester
  • Student must submit completed application by the designated deadline
    • Spring Entry: Applications open in October each fall.
    • Fall Entry: Applications open in February each spring.
  • Students learn of acceptance status 2-3 weeks after applications close

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