University of the Cumberlands


Vision & Mission


The vision of the University of the Cumberlands is to be the premier liberal arts university that encourages intellectual and spiritual growth, leadership and service.

Cumberlands will capitalize on its history, location, and close student and faculty bonds to become a forerunner institution, a distinctive kind of learning center, an independent pioneering 21st century university that is unusually devoted to preparing young people for the future.

To do so, Cumberlands will:

  • Remain a relatively small undergraduate university, with approximately 1600 undergraduate students.
  • Continue growing the graduate and adult programs oriented toward emerging professional opportunities, each of which features superior teaching, applied learning and experiences.
  • Be grounded in the liberal arts while continuing to develop delivery methods that work to improve student learning outcomes.
  • Create and sustain an environment for learning and professional development.


University of the Cumberlands has historically served students primarily, but not exclusively, from the beautiful mountain regions of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Alabama which have traditionally been described as Appalachia. The University's impact can be seen in the achievements of its graduates who have assumed roles of leadership in this region and throughout the nation.

While located in the resort like area of Appalachia, with emphasis primarily on serving the beautiful mountain area, the university now reaches into every state and around the world through its student body and alumni.

UC continues to offer promising students of all backgrounds a broad based liberal arts program enriched with Christian values. The University strives for excellence in all of its endeavors and expects from students a similar dedication to this pursuit. Its commitment to a strong academic program is joined with a commitment to a strong work ethic. Cumberlands encourages students to think critically and creatively so that they may better prepare themselves for lives of responsible service and leadership. This focus of its undergraduate programs is extended and extrapolated into its graduate programs. These programs also nurture critical and creative thinking in pursuit of the “life-more-abundant” for both the individual and society. At Cumberlands, graduate study prepares professionals to be servant-leaders in their disciplines and communities, linking research with practice and knowledge with ethical decision-making.

Commitment To Liberal Arts

In the belief that freedom is the result of respect for truth and concern for humanity, University of the Cumberlands, through a traditional liberal arts program, attempts to foster in its students a heightened awareness and sensitivity to the search for truth and a deepened responsibility toward mankind.

The University seeks to graduate men and women with Christian values derived from spiritual and intellectual experience within the university community as well as from the traditional academic disciplines.

Self-Help Through Work-Study

Since its founding in 1888, the self-help feature has been an integral part of University of the Cumberlands.

Cumberlands believes the privilege of a university education should be based upon motivation, ability, character, and purpose rather than upon the amount of money a student or his parents might have. The most wholesome type of financial assistance consists in helping the student to help himself. A student aid program should develop qualities of thrift and self-reliance, as does the work-study plan at Cumberlands.

Much of the financial assistance at Cumberlands is given in form of remunerative employment. The work program is optional and the amount of work depends on ability and need.

In recent years many students have earned their college expenses. Continued employment and promotion depend upon the quality of work done. At Cumberlands students receive a formal education for minimal cost and if they don't have the money, they pay for a large portion of their education by doing daily work in the college cafeteria, in the maintenance department, in Appalachian outreach programs-as student assistants, photographers, postal clerks and part-time secretaries.

Self-help opportunities are afforded to over six hundred students who work an average of twelve hours per week under guidance and supervision. These students are taught the value of promptness, industry, dependability, and initiative.

Growth Through Service And Work

The Mission Statement of University of the Cumberlands clearly states the University's position on the value of work and service to others. The Service/Work and Leadership Program is centered in the belief that students must be placed in positions where they may experience opportunities for service and leadership. Students are required to become involved in a planned activity of campus or community service, concurrent leadership activities, and work prior to graduating. Each student must propose an acceptable plan for at least forty hours of campus/community service or take part in the College Workstudy Program.

To provide all students with leadership training as an integral part of the program, each student involved in the service or work activity will also be required to take part in several leadership seminars. The goal of this activity is to not only make students aware of their responsibilities to others through the service/work experience but also to provide the students with the skills to organize and lead others in similar activities.

In order to record the full range of activities in which a student has been involved at University of the Cumberlands, a "Service Leadership Transcript" will be developed for each student. This transcript will be a permanent part of each student's record and will be forwarded upon the student's request along with his/her academic record.


University of the Cumberlands is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, education specialist and doctorate degrees. Initial accreditation date was 1964. Recent reaffirmation date is 2006. Next reaffirmation date is Class of 2016. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of University of the Cumberlands. To view the current status of University of the Cumberlands, go to this link on the SACCOC website:

University of the Cumberlands is a private, faith based institution that is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board is formed by highly esteemed individuals from around the state of Kentucky and the United States. University of the Cumberlands complies with all applicable federal and state non-discrimination statutes and does not engage in prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, age, handicap or genetic information. The University may discriminate on the basis of religion in any position of employment in order to fulfill its purpose.

University of the Cumberlands’ Education programs are further state accredited through Kentucky's Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Online Master of Science in Information Systems Security

Online Part time 18 - 18  January 2017 USA Williamsburg

University of the Cumberlands (UC) is pleased to offer the Master of Science in Information Systems Security (ISEC) degree program. This program is intended for those who have earned their baccalaureate degree and who are already working in the Information Technology (IT) field in a traditional campus setting. [+]

Master of Science in Information Systems Security Take the Next Step and Advance Your Information Technology Career University of the Cumberlands (UC) is pleased to offer the Master of Science in Information Systems Security (ISEC) degree program. This program is intended for those who have earned their baccalaureate degree and who are already working in the Information Technology (IT) field in a traditional campus setting. Students who are interested in continuing their education as well as enhancing their credentials will find UC's information systems security degree program is designed to help them accomplish their professional goals. Through the Master of Science in Information Systems Security (ISEC), University of the Cumberlands seeks to develop individuals to be leaders in the field of Information security. As a discipline, information security is dedicated to the pursuit of preventing or mitigating the risk of loss of data. With the combination of the ubiquitous nature of electronic information and the associated security risks, the field of information security has become a critical need for every organization. The online degree in information systems seeks to: Prepare candidates with the knowledge to develop and implement security policies Prepare candidates to manage compliance with the various federal regulations that apply to information security (such as Sarbanes-Oxley, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Prepare candidates to create disaster prevention and recovery plans Prepare candidates to recognize and prevent exploitation due to hardware, software and network configurations Earn your M.S. in Information Systems Security and prepare to be a leader in the IT industry. Mission and Goals Upon completion of this program, you can be ready for upper-level positions in the information security field, and become proficient at preventing or mitigating the risk of loss of data. This program seeks to: Prepare you to develop and implement security policies Prepare you to manage compliance with federal regulations that apply to information security Teach you to create disaster prevention and recovery plans Help you learn to recognize and prevent problems that occur due to hardware, software and network configurations Sample Schedule Access Control Telecommunications and Network Security Information Security and Risk Management Application Security Cryptography Security Architecture and Design Operations Security Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning Legal Regulations, Compliance, and Investigation Physical Security Special Topics Information Security Project Admission Requirements: Completed graduate application form with application fee. A completed undergraduate and/or graduate degree from a regional accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Submission or an official transcript is required. o The transcript must include the degree and date on which it was conferred and a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. o Any international course work completed must have official transcript evaluation completed and submitted to the university by the evaluation firm. Evaluations must include GPA for admission. Approved Evaluation firms are: ♣ World Education Services (WES) ♣ Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) ♣ International Education Research Foundation (IERF) Eval Direct ♣ Educational Perspectives (EP) Documentation of language fluency for non-native speakers of English, such as a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission are: Paper-based TOEFL (PBT): 550 Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 79 IELTS: 6 [-]

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6191 College Station Drive
Williamsburg, Kentucky, KY 40769 US
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