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 degrees in other fields are considered individually for admission. You must also satisfy the following:
- Knowledge of mathematics through calculus
- At least 1 year of university-level science
- A working knowledge of a high-level, general-purpose programming language (preferably C++) and of data structures
- Demonstrated ability to communicate in written and spoken English. Foreign students and others for whom English is a second language may be required to undertake preparatory work to improve their language skills before admission into the graduate program.
- Statement of Purpose: You should submit a special purpose statement with your application that states your experience in cybersecurity and your motivation for applying to the program.
- A basic understanding of computer fundamentals such as computer organization and operation, data structures, and computer architecture.
- GRE scores
Students who have superior academic credentials but lack sufficient background will be evaluated on a case by case basis. In some cases a student may be admitted with a conditional status pending the satisfactory completion of preparatory bridge courses with a B or better average.
Admission with advanced standing is accepted in accordance with the School of Engineering regulations published in the bulletin. A maximum of 9 credits may be applied to the MS degree from previous graduate work at an acceptable institution.
Transfer of Courses
Students with a prior MS or an advanced degree from another institution may be allowed to transfer at most 2 courses taken less than 3 years ago. The Cybersecurity MS Program Committee will determine the course equivalence of the transferred coursework. For each course to be transferred, you must provide a complete description, along with the lecture and assignment materials.
Transfers from Other the School of Engineering Programs
Qualified MS students registered in other the School of Engineering master's programs (e.g., the Computer Science master's program), who can demonstrate adequate skills in the area of cybersecurity, may be permitted to transfer to the MS in Cybersecurity program per the admissions requirements outlined on this page.
Transfers to the PhD Program in Computer Science
Qualified Cybersecurity MS students can transfer to the PhD program in Computer Science. The MS Program Committee must first recommend the applicant to the PhD Admissions Committee.