October 25, 2010 | | Leave a comment The University of Maryland has established three cybersecurity degree programs to help alleviate the Homeland Security Department’s need for professionals in this field, reports DefenseSystems. Currently, the bachelor’s degree program in cybersecurity requires 120 credits, including 33 credits of major specific coursework. The curriculum is offered completely online or in a hybrid format. Furthermore, master’s degrees in cybersecurity and cybersecurity policy have become available, each of which require 36 credits of coursework that is to be completed through six six-credit online courses. Students must also complete an internship in order to graduate. Schools officials told the news source that they cannot just enroll traditional students. The average age of students in the program is 32 years old. The university also announced the creation of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center for students. College officials told the news source the center will help educators from the engineering and computer science fields work with members of the private sector to produce technology and service that can be commercialized. According a 2008 study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professionals in this field earned average annual wages ranging between $51,690 and $84,110.