The University of Maine System board of trustees on Monday approved a new bachelor of science degree in cybersecurity at the University of Maine at Augusta.

The degree will combine computer science, communications and ethics courses, according to a press release from UMA. It will be offered as part of a partnership among UMA, the University of Maine at Fort Kent, University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine.

UMA will hold an information session on the new degree at 4 p.m. May 27 at the Katz Library at UMA that will be broadcast live to the UMA Bangor campus and University College Centers.

In the press release, the university describes cybersecurity as “an evolving discipline that involves the study of strategy, policy and standards regarding the security of and operations in cyberspace.” Those who complete the program would be eligible for jobs in security analysis, information assurance, digital forensics, intelligence and cyber defense.

The new four-year program is not expected to cost UMA any additional money because it takes advantage of existing resources. Students can take courses online or through a combination of live, online and Interactive Television system courses.

The curriculum has been designed to meet academic standards set by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

The May 27 information session is free and open to the public, although registration is recommended. To register, call 1-877-862-1234 or go online at

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