Admission to the ACES Minor

The ACES Minor in cybersecurity is housed in the Honors College and open to students 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 must meet all of the following requirements at the time of application to be eligible for consideration:

  • Minimum of sophomore standing (30 university credits completed not including AP/IB credits);
  • Strong academic record (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0); 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 prior to applying. Previous related experiences, such as internships, research, and/or completion of the Honors College Citation in Cybersecurity (ACES Living-Learning Program) may also be helpful preparation, and will be considered during the admission process.

Application Process

The application is available online during fall and spring. Students applying will complete the application form, short answer questions, and submit additional materials 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 semester. 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

Fall 2017:

  • Interested students must submit a completed application by 11:59pm on Wednesday, October 11th
  • Admission decisions will be communicated electronically by October 18th


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

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