Programs

UMBC students interacting in the courtyard of Erickson Hall.  Photo by Chris Hartlove.

The Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department offers B.S. programs in both Computer Science and Computer Engineering,  M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering, and graduate M.P.S.and certificate programs in Cybersecurity.  All of our programs are open to both full and part-time students.

UMBC is highly ranked in the U.S. for its degree and certificate granting in the computing sciences. The university is fourth among U.S. research universities in the production of IT degrees and certificates, according to the most recent data (2007-08) from the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, which is available from National Science Foundation’s WebCASPAR site. The data also shows that UMBC ranks second among U.S. research universities in undergraduate IT degrees awarded, and it is the largest producer among those universities of IT graduates in Maryland, DC and Virginia. According to the same data, UMBC is second in Maryland and 31st nationally in the number of PhDs granted in IT.

The National Research Council's 2010 Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs recently evaluated the Ph.D. programs in Electrical Engineering and in Computer Science. The Electrical Engineering doctoral program was ranked at the 68th percentile among the 136 EE Ph.D. programs evaluated and the Computer Science doctoral program was ranked at the 62nd percentile among 128 CS programs studied.

The MPS program in Cybersecurity is designed to help students enhance their technical and business skills in order to be more successful in their profession. The program is ideally suited to engineers employed in technology-oriented enterprises or government agencies.