Cybersecurity Bridge Program | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Cybersecurity Bridge Program

A pathway for individuals without a STEM background to a graduate degree in cybersecurity and a career in an in-demand field.

With the vast amount of sensitive data now stored in the digital universe—everything from social security numbers to matters of national security—it’s critical that we ensure this information is secure and protected. For computer networks and electronic infrastructures, cybersecurity experts stand as the last and most effective line of defense against malicious cyber attacks.

The cybersecurity field is expected to generate many new jobs over the next decade as industry and government continue to emphasize safe data and information systems. Cybersecurity professionals can thrive in a career as a developer of security products, security application programmer, security analyst, and penetration tester. You can also pursue work as a security researcher, vulnerability analyst, or security architect, or continue your studies.

Cybersecurity Bridge

Pathway to a Master’s in Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity Bridge Program is your pathway to pursuing a Cybersecurity Master's Degree (including the Cyber Fellowship program) at NYU Tandon and a career in this essential field.

The M.S. in Cybersecurity at NYU Tandon is a two-year, 30-credit program, offered on-campus, online, or blended. Please note that the Cyber Fellowship program, which offers a 75% tuition scholarship, is only available online. Our Cybersecurity program curriculum is rooted in the belief that theory and research must translate into real-world solutions. Our classes are taught by internationally known experts and we have been designated an NSA Center of Excellence in Information Assurance, a Center of Excellence in Research, and a Center of Excellence in Cyber Operations.

This program is offered in the following ways (choose your preference):

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*Blended Learning: As a student, you also have the option to take courses both on-campus and online; however, you must apply as either an online or on-campus student. You should apply to whichever format you plan to take the majority of your classes in.

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Accepting Summer 2020 Applications NOW!

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Bridge Program Details

Students must have a four-year bachelor's degree to apply to the Bridge program. Basic proficiency in college algebra and some exposure to programming is recommended for success in the course. Learning a simple programming language like Python prior to starting will help you become familiar with the notion of programming.

Certificates are issued to individuals who receive a grade of C or better. Students who receive a B+ or higher will receive a certificate with Distinction and will be eligible for admittance and receive a GRE waiver for any of the qualifying NYU Tandon master’s degrees, including Cybersecurity. Applicants will need to meet all other Graduate School of Engineering admission requirements.

Bridge Program Topics

  • Fundamentals of system hardware
  • Number Systems
  • Compilation and Execution process
  • Data types and Expressions
  • Iterative Statements
  • Propositional logic
  • Predicate logic
  • Proving techniques: Rules of inference, Proof by contradiction, Induction
  • Sets basics
  • Intro to algorithm analysis and Order of growth
  • Functions, Abstraction and Runtime stack
  • Pointers and Dynamic allocation
  • Recursion
  • Searching and Sorting
  • Object Oriented Programming concepts
  • File Processing
  • Linked Lists
  • Data Structures
  • Trees and Binary Search trees
  • Computer Organization
  • Assembly language basics
  • Intro to OS Concepts
  • Processes & Threads
  • Thread concurrency and deadlocks
  • Memory Management

Upcoming Deadlines

Last updated on: 1/17/19.
Please check back for future deadline updates.

Semester Course Duration Course Start Date Defer/Withdraw Deadline Date Course End Date Next Master’s Degree Start Semester
Winter 2020 17-Week January, 6, 2020 February 3, 2020 May 1, 2020 Online:
Summer 2020

Fall 2020

Winter 2020 24-Week January 6, 2020 February 3, 2020 June 19, 2020 Online & On-Campus:
Fall 2020
Spring 2020 24-Week March 30, 2020 April 27, 2020 September 11, 2020 Online & On-Campus:
Spring 2021
Summer 2020 17-Week July 6, 2020 August 3, 2020 October 30, 2020 Online & On-Campus:
Spring 2021
Summer 2020 24-Week July 6, 2020 August 3, 2020 December 18, 2020 Online & On-Campus:
Spring 2021

How to Apply to Bridge



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