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The University of Missouri–St. Louis is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity for Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD). 


Additionally, UMSL holds a "Security Policy Development and Compliance" focus area designation.

National Security Agency (NSA) Designated Program U.S. Department of Homeland Security Designated Program

According to the NCAE-C program description: "The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program is managed by NSA's National Cryptologic School. Federal partners include the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense Office of the Chief Information Officer (DoD-CIO), and U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM)."

Beyond demonstrating UMSL's commitment to meeting national standards for cybersecurity education, these designations provide students with additional opportunities.

  1. Students attending NCAE-C - CD schools typically have access to virtual and physical career fairs specifically designed for designee schools.
  2. Prestiguous industry certifications such as ISC2's CISSP, CISM etc. have work experience requirements. However, a NCAE-C school's credential could fulfill 1 year of the (typically) 5 year work requirement.
  3. Students may also have access to government scholarships geared toward NCAE-C designated schools.


Programs of Study

Currently validated Programs of Study for UMSL's CAE-CD designation include:


Other programs of study are currently preparing for revalidation.