Advising: Cybersecurity M.S. | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Advising: Cybersecurity M.S.

Academic Advising information for the Cybersecurity M.S. (online program)

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To complete the Cybersecurity M.S. program,  students are required to take:

  • 4 core courses (12 credit hours)
  • 3 breadth electives (9 credit hours)
  • 3 depth electives (9 credit hours)

All Cybersecurity students are also required to complete a capstone project. It is recommended this course is taken in their final semester. Students can complete this requirement by taking one of the following courses: Information Systems Security Engineering & Management (CS-GY 6803), Application Security (CS-GY 9163), or Advanced Project in Computer Science (CS-GY 9963)

Policies for Cybersecurity M.S.

All Cybersecurity M.S students must adhere to all NYU university-wide and NYU Tandon graduate academic policies including maintaining:

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA in all coursework
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA in core classes and capstone
  • Continuous enrollment in the degree program (or receive an approved Leave of Absence)

In addition, all NYU Cyber Fellows are admitted into the Cybersecurity M.S. program under the admission condition, requiring students to earn a B or better in each of their first 2 courses:

  • Information Security & Privacy (CS-GY 6813)
  • Computer Networking (CS-GY 6843)

Failure to meet the admission condition results in academic disqualification.

*With sufficient justification and your advisor's approval, you will be permitted to withdraw from each conditional course (with W grade) one time without being academically disqualified.


Program Requirements                Sample Plan of Study

Recommended Course Order

Courses are divided into categories: Core, Breadth Electives, Depth Electives. This course order suggests one course per semester. We always recommend seeking advising guidance as each person’s situation is unique, so we can help tailor a personalized plan that aligns with your goals. 

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This graphic is a guide for which order we suggest completing courses to earn your Cybersecurity, MS degree.

Course Offering Pattern

National Centers of Academic Excellence (NCAE-C) 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 with designations in Cyber Defense and Cyber Operations.

The Cybersecurity M.S. degree allows students the opportunity to plan their course selection, within the curriculum requirements, following either the Cyber Defense or Cyber Operations tracks outlined below. Learn more about the NSA-CAE Certificates.


  • CS-GY 6843 Computer Networking

  • CS-GY 6233 Intro to OS

  • CS-GY 6573 Pen Testing


  • CS-GY 6813 Information, Security and Privacy

  • CS-GY 6903 Applied Cryptography

  • CS-GY 9163 Application Security

  • CS-GY 6823 Network Security

  • CS-GY 6843 Computer Networking

  • CS-GY 6233 Intro to OS

  • CS-GY 6803 ISSE&M

  • CS-GY 9223 Mobile Security

  • CS-GY 9223 Offensive Security