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 college or university
  • 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: 

Admission Procedures

The following materials are required for admission review by the submission deadline: Please note that the cut-off dates for Admission to the Fall Term is July 1, and for the Spring Term is November 1. Even though the student may have paid a late fee of $15.00 after these date for late processing there does come a time when processing stops. If the University does not have your complete package (application, transcripts and other required documents) by August 1 for the Fall Term, and December 1 for the Spring Term you have passed the deadline date for processing and it stops. At this point you will need to re-apply with a new application for the next term.

  • Apply via Cal State Apply ►
  • Contact your previous college(s) to request official transcripts.
    Applicants must provide an official transcript from each postsecondary institution attended (post-baccalaureate course work included) be sent to the Admissions Office at If the institution providing the transcript can only mail the transcript, mail it to:
    Admissions Office
    CSU Dominguez Hills
    1000 E. Victoria Street
    Carson, CA 90747
  • Send two letters of support and a Statement of Purpose (why you want to be in the program) for your application to Mohsen Beheshti at

Special Instructions Regarding Transcripts

  • If you are applying and have used other names on your transcripts be sure to include a list with your current name (as on the application) and include all names on your transcripts so that we can group the transcripts when presenting them to the Admissions and Records office with the prospective student’s application ID number.
  • Transcripts that have been faxed, accidentally opened, or are unofficial/student copies are NOT acceptable. Compilation-style transcripts (such as those from University of New York Regents, Thomas Edison State College, or similar programs) are not sufficient for evaluation because these schools tend to delete pertinent academic information from the student's records. Therefore, individual transcripts from ALL schools are required.
  • International Students: See special instructions below regarding transcript submission

International Students

Students residing in foreign countries:

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a Bachelor's degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Students Educated Outside of the United States

Students who attended institutions outside the U.S. must have earned an undergraduate degree, which has equivalency to a four-year degree program in an accredited U.S. institution.

International Transcript and Credential Evaluation Services

Prospective students with foreign transcripts will need to have their transcripts evaluated by NACES.ORG. Please go to this website NACES.ORG for the foreign approved credential evaluation associations. The CSUDH Office of Admissions and Records will accept transcript evaluations from these companies to assist with their evaluation of the students foreign transcripts for bachelor and master degree programs. The Admissions evaluation process will not begin until the Admissions and Records office has received the students NACES approved evaluation of the student’s foreign transcripts. They are also approved by the California Commission on Teacher credentialing for foreign transcript evaluations for credential applicants.

Note: If you are a student from outside of the United States, please apply to the program as an "Internet Student," not an "International Student."

The GRE, GMAT or other entrance exams are not required.

Financial Aid

Scholarships may be available through the ISSA Education Foundation

Information about federally-backed loans are also available at:

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