Cybersecurity Master's Degree | Online | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Cybersecurity, M.S.


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Why Cybersecurity at NYU?

Cybersecurity theory and research are critical today; your ability to get to new levels in your career and become a cybersecurity professional adept at tackling evolving threats has never been more important.

At the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, our MS in Cybersecurity program's curriculum is rooted in the belief that  an accessible path to career advancement and learning to build real-world solutions are essential. To this end, we created NYU Cyber Fellows to provide, a 75% scholarship for the Cybersecurity M.S. online and operate the National Science Foundation-funded Offensive Security, Incident Response, and Internet Security (OSIRIS) laboratory.

  • NYU Tandon has a distinguished history of research and education in the field of cybersecurity.
  • Classes are taught by internationally known experts.
  • Designated as an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations and Cyber Defense Research.
  • The Application process has been streamlined to as little as 15 minutes to apply, receive a decision in 15 business days.


This section reflects the most recent program requirements. Students enrolled prior must adhere to the catalog requirements originally enrolled into.

Program Requirements

Sample Plan of Study

One goal of the MS program in Cybersecurity is to introduce students to the exciting research in the area of cybersecurity, which you can use as a stepping stone to pursue a PhD degree. To this end, we offer a semester-long advanced project (CS 9963) in the area of cybersecurity as an elective. If you choose this option you will work under the guidance of a research professor and gain invaluable research experience.

In addition to the above semester-long research experience, the program also offers research-oriented MS students to take up the master's thesis option. If you select this option, you will need to take 6 credits of CS 9973 working with a faculty advisor on some research problem in cybersecurity in lieu of 2 out of the 3 required electives.

The research need not be original, but should adequately demonstrate your proficiency in the subject material. An oral defense of the master's thesis with at least 3 professors in attendance is required. The 6 credits of master's thesis must span over a period of exactly 2 consecutive semesters. Whenever relevant, 3.00 credits of CS 9963 may be used as 3.00 credits of CS 9973, subject to the approval of your faculty adviser(s).

Cyber Ops Specialization

NOTE: Please refer to the Course Catalog to view course descriptions by course number if information is not listed above.


National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Designation Tracks

NYU Tandon School of Engineering is one of the select institutions recognized by the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C). The following courses taken within the Cybersecurity Master's Degree online program qualify for the following two designations.

Students also may elect to specialize by taking specific courses in an area of concentration. Two tracks are available:

  • Cyber Defense
  • Cyber Operations

Admission Information

You need a superior undergraduate record from an accredited institution in order to be considered for entrance into the program. Preferably, you should have an undergraduate degree in computer science, mathematics, science, or engineering. However, applicants with a minor in CS, relevant technical experience, or with degrees in other fields are considered individually for admission.


Students must show equivalency of all of the following in previous academic work.

  • Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving, CS-GY 5303
  • Data Structures and Algorithms, CS-GY 5403

If you come from a non-engineering background you can prepare to apply for the Cybersecurity Master’s Degree by taking the NYU Tandon Bridge Program.

NYU Tandon's NYU Cyber Fellows program is an affordable part-time and full-time online M.S. in Cybersecurity with a curriculum designed in cooperation with elite corporate partners. Now offering scholarships of as much as 75% off tuition to both U.S. and non-U.S. residents.

If you come from a non-engineering background you can prepare to apply for the Cybersecurity Master’s Degree through out Tandon Bridge program.

NYU Tandon Bridge

The 100% online NYU Tandon Bridge course prepares students without a Cybersecurity degree or other related experience to apply for select NYU Tandon Master’s Degree programs. In the course, students will learn computer science fundamentals and programming with C++. Students’ performance in the Bridge will count toward their Master’s degree application decisions. The Bridge is a non-credit certificate course, and those who complete the Bridge with a final grade of C or above will earn a Certificate of Completion, and those who earn a B+ or above will receive a Certificate of Completion with Distinction. Note: regardless of performance, successful completion of the Bridge course does not guarantee admission to any academic program.

The NYU Tandon Bridge course is taught by faculty members of the Computer Science department at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, aided by NYU Tandon Graduate student teaching assistants. Students will participate in interactive online modules, live webinars, assignments, and tests.

NYU Tandon Bridge

Applications for transfer credits must be submitted for consideration before the end of the first semester of matriculation. Courses with grades below B are not eligible for transfer. Transfer credits for courses taken after matriculation at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering are rarely accepted and must be approved by the student’s academic department and by the Office of Graduate Academics before the course is taken. Grades for transferred credits or courses are not recorded and are not included in GPA calculations.


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