FCC and MSMU Partner for Cybersecurity & Biology Transfer Opportunities


signingFrederick Community College (FCC) and Mount St. Mary’s University (MSMU) have partnered to offer two new articulation agreements that will make it easier for FCC graduates from two STEM-related fields to transfer to MSMU to complete a bachelor’s degree in biology or cybersecurity.
“We know biology and cybersecurity programs at FCC and Mount St. Mary’s University are popular programs that prepare students to enter critical, in-demand career fields,” said FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster. “Setting our students up for success is a top priority at FCC, and this articulation agreement with Mount St. Mary’s University provides a great opportunity for students to further their education.”
The articulation agreements are the first between FCC and the Mount’s School of Natural Science and Mathematics. The two institutions also have an articulation agreement for their criminal justice programs. The agreements ensure students know exactly what courses at FCC can be applied toward the bachelor’s degree requirements at MSMU.
“We’re excited to continue to shape and develop educational opportunities that truly benefit students in their pursuit of a meaningful and productive career,” said Mount St. Mary’s University Interim President Timothy Trainor, Ph.D. “Thanks to the collaborative efforts of President Burmaster and Frederick Community College, students interested in cybersecurity or biology have another choice in helping them achieve their career goals.”
FCC students who earn an A.S. degree in STEM with a concentration in biology and meet GPA requirements will be able to transfer up to 60 credits toward their Bachelor of Science degree at the Mount. Once in the program, students can also apply up to 32 transfer credits to required components of the major. Students who earn an A.A.S. degree in cybersecurity at FCC and meet GPA requirements will also be able to transfer up to 60 credits to the Mount and can apply up to 24 transfer credits to required components of the major.
“Often transferring to a four-year college from a two-year college can be confusing and full of hurdles,” says Jeffrey Simmons, Ph.D., dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics at Mount St. Mary’s University. “Our goal is to remove barriers and red tape so that these motivated students are encouraged to make the transition and not get discouraged. Both institutions are committed to the success of students.”
For more information
- FCC STEM program - Marc Frankenberry, Ph.D. - 301-846-2606 or
- FCC cybersecurity program - Andy Yao, Ph.D. - 301-846-2410 or
- MSMU programs - Jeffrey Simmons, Ph.D. - 301-447-8399 or
About Frederick Community College
Frederick Community College, located in Frederick, Maryland, offers comprehensive courses and convenient learning options to more than 16,000 students of all ages each year. FCC proudly embraces and showcases more than 85 degree and certificate programs, workforce training, continuing education, arts, and athletic opportunities to meet the needs and interests of all its community members.
About Mount St. Mary’s University
Mount St. Mary’s University is a private, liberal arts, Catholic university in historic Emmitsburg, Maryland, with a satellite campus in Frederick, Maryland’s second largest city. The university offers more than 40 majors, minors, concentrations and special programs for its 1,600 traditional undergraduate students, and 17 adult undergraduate and graduate level programs. Of them, eight are featured in the Mount’s School of Natural Science and Mathematics for undergraduates, as well as a biotechnology and management program offered for graduate students. To learn more please visit