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Educating Future Cyber Leaders

The ACES Minor in cybersecurity is housed in the Honors College and is open to 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.

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. While there are no pre-requisite courses for participation, ACES recommends that students consider completing relevant coursework in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and/or Statistics. Previous related experiences, such as internships, research, and/or completion of the Honors College Citation in Cybersecurity (ACES 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 diversity of academic disciplines and student backgrounds.

For Fall 2020 entrance:

  • Interested students must submit a completed application by Tuesday, March 17.