Master of Science in Cyber Security

Admission Requirements

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The following general requirements must be met to be admitted to the program:

  • A bachelor's degree from a fully accredited
  • Good standing at the last institution
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on the last degree completed or at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted.
  • International Students must provide an evidence of one of the following:
    • A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL exam
    • A minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT)
    • A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL exam
    • A score of 5 or higher on the IELTS, or
    • A score of 53 or higher on the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

Depending on the type of the undergraduate degree held, the applicants may be admitted with either a classified or conditional admission status.

Classified Admission

In order to be admitted with a classified status, the applicant must meet all general admission requirements and hold a bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology (CT), Information Technology (IT), Computer Science (CS) or a related subject.

Conditional Admission

The applicants holding bachelor’s degrees in the fields not related to Computer Science, may be considered for a conditional admission. Conditionally admitted students may have to fulfill additional requirements before they attain a classified status. These additional requirements, which will be determined by evaluating applicant’s transcripts and work-related experience, include an evidence of mastery of the key concepts in the following topic areas:

IT Certification:

ModuleDescriptionDurationCourse #/Sect
(Summer 2018)
IT FundamentalsBasics of text editors, spreadsheets, internet, security
  • Programming Basics
  • Data Analysis, Probability and Statistics Basics
  • Batch Scripts Basics
  • Database Basics
  • Operating System Basics
  • Network and Network Security Basics
4 weeksCTC 195 01
Networking & 
Advanced topics on computer networks and hardware troubleshooting
  • Network Architecture and Infrastructure
  • Network Services and Protocols
  • Network Address Translation and Sub-netting, Network Analysis/Troubleshooting
  • Command Line Tools
  • Different hardware components of a computer system and respective functions
  • Operating system tools to manage disks, partitions and file systems
  • Network Data Transmission
  • Basic Computer Troubleshooting
4 weeksCTC 195 11
CybersecurityComputer security best practices, threat detection & avoidance, compliance
  • Information Assurance Fundamentals
  • Information Technology System Components
  • Introduction to Cryptography
  • Network Defense
  • Cyber Threats and Defense
  • Fundamental Security Design Principles
4 weeksCTC 195 21


These requirements may be met by successful completion of the necessary leveling courses identified by the Program Coordinator or passing of a placement exam. To view detailed course descriptions for the leveling courses above, please visit: