Frequently Asked Questions
Find out answers to frequently asked questions for the Cybersecurity, M.S. Online program.
- What are the entrance requirements for the Cybersecurity, M.S.?
Please visit the Cybersecurity, M.S. page for detailed information on admission requirements.
- Is the GRE test required for admission?
Applicants who satisfy one of the following conditions are not required but encouraged to submit a GRE score:
- Applicant has successfully completed the Bridge to Tandon program with a B+ or better.
- Applicant completes 9 credits under Visiting Student Registration from an approved list of CSE courses and maintains an average grade of B+ or better.
- Applicant has a BA or BS degree in computer science or computer engineering from NYU, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Students who are lacking the computer science skills needed for the Cybersecurity Master's Degree are encouraged to enroll into the preparatory Bridge to NYU Tandon program. Pending satisfactory completion, students would be considered for admission towards the master's degree program.
- My previous degrees were not in computer science. Can I still apply?
Yes. You can apply to the Cybersecurity program if your background is not in computer science. An advisor will review your background and if you are eligible, you can be admitted conditionally. Conditionally admitted students will need to take a few computer science prerequisite courses.
- What courses are required to complete the M.S. in Cybersecurity program?
Please visit the Cybersecurity, M.S. page for the curriculum and program requirements.
- How long will it take me to complete the Cybersecurity Master's degree?
To complete the cybersecurity program, you will need to finish 30 credits (10 courses). If you attend as a full-time student and take 3 courses per semester, you will complete the program within 2 years. If you attend as a part-time student and take 1 or 2 courses per semester, you will complete the program within 2-3 years. As stipulated in the university catalog, master's students have 5 years to complete their degree requirements. Please visit NYU Tandon School of Engineering Bulletin for more details.
- Is the program's curriculum flexible? Can I choose some courses outside the computer science department?
You can select elective courses that may be outside of the computer science department. However, you should talk with your advisor before enrolling in them to make sure you are on track to complete your required courses.
- How many credits do I need to take to qualify as a full-time student?
Full-time: you have to take 9 credits (3 courses) per semester to qualify as a full-time student. Part-time: you can take 1 or 2 courses per semester to qualify as a part-time student.
- I took certification courses in CISSP, CISA, CISM, CCNA, SCSA, SCNA, are they transferable?
No. Credit for certification courses in CISSP, CISA, CISM, CCNA, SCSA, SCNA are not transferable to this program.
- Can I get NSA certificates upon completing the Cybersecurity, M.S. program?
NYU Tandon School of Engineering is one of the select institutions recognized by the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C). Courses taken within the Cybersecurity Master's Degree online program qualify for designations in Cyber Operations and/or Cyber Defense. Students also may elect to specialize by taking specific courses in an area of concentration.
- I have been admitted to the Computer Science, M.S. program at the School of Engineering. Can I transfer into the Cybersecurity, M.S. program?
Pending approval from the department, you may be able to transfer into the Cybersecurity, M.S. program. See Request to Change Major form here for more details.
- I already have a master's degree in computer science and I am interested in Cybersecurity, M.S. program. Can I substitute classes I took for my computer science degree for the cybersecurity degree?
Sorry, but we do not allow substitutions from other programs. Pending approval from your academic advisor, you may qualify to take a more advanced course or elective in its place.
- Can I complete the entire M.S. degree online?
Yes, you can complete the degree fully online. Almost all electives are offered online now.
- Are there any upcoming information sessions or seminars I can attend?
To receive notifications about online seminars and info-sessions, please visit our Digital Learning events page.
- Whom should I contact with additional questions?