Cyber Security MS FAQs | CSUDH CEIE | Carson, CA


Who can apply for this graduate program?

Minimum requirement: Bachelor degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher

  1. Full Admission:
    Bachelor degree in Computer Technology from CSUDH or an equivalent program; or,
  2. Conditional Admission:
    Bachelor degree other than computer technology. Students with no background may need to take some leveling courses before admission to the program.

How do I apply for this program?

Apply Online Through Cal State Apply ►

What are the current career opportunities?

Source: Market Current Status and Forecast
"We expect worldwide spending on cybersecurity products and services to eclipse $1 trillion for the five-year period from 2017 to 2021,” says Steve Morgan, founder and Editor-In-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures. “We anticipate 12-15 percent year-over-year growth through 2021, compared to the 8-10 percent projected over the next five years by several industry analysts” adds Morgan. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. doubled its annual cybersecurity budget from $250 million to $500 million. Bank of America has gone on the record stating it has an unlimited budget when it comes to combating cybercrime. The U.S. government has increased its annual cybersecurity budget by 35%, going from $14 billion budgeted in 2016 to $19 billion in 2017. This is a sign of the times and there’s no end in sight.

Cybersecurity Job Market and Salary
More than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and postings are up 74% over the past five years. A report from Cisco puts the global figure at one million cybersecurity job openings. Demand is expected to rise to 6 million globally by 2019, with a projected shortfall of 1.5 million. Cybersecurity workers can command an average salary premium of nearly $65,000 per year, or 9% more than other IT workers. The most recent median pay for an information security analyst is $88,890 per year.

How long does it take to graduate?

The program may be completed in as little as 18 months:

Semester 1:3 courses
Semester 2:3 courses
Summer 1:1 course
Semester 3:3 courses

How many units/courses are needed?

30 units | 10 courses (3 units each)

Students with no background may need to take some leveling courses before admission to the program.

What is the cost of the program?

$675.00 per unit

Cost of the MS program: $20,250 + books and other fees

Cost of leveling courses (if needed): $4,050 + books & other fees

Please see the costs page at

Can we use financial aid or student loans?

Student loans are available through Sallie Mae. Scholarships are available through ISSA. Information at

Federal financial aid is not available for masters level programs.

Are there Student-based clubs or organizations available?

Does the program have any partnerships with employers of Cyber Security professionals in the local area such as Google, YouTube, companies in Silicon Beach or aerospace companies?

Yes, Google, Cisco, Northrop Gruman

Does this program continue from the Bachelor’s Homeland Security program?


How important will Cyber Certifications be in addition to the degree?

For those not taking any courses in Cyber Security is very important; as our certification (leveling course) better prepares students for the graduate program.

If I am taking leveling courses at the community college, does that mean that I have to take this class at CSUDH?

Usually this is the case; we need to look at the content of the courses you have taken to make sure all the required topics are covered.

Can the CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 certification substitute the leveling courses?

There are some basic programming and statistics material that are needed; so you may need to take one of those leveling courses only.

On average, how big are the classes? Do we need to worry about classes filling up?

About 15 to 25. We can add new sections as needed.

Can you walk us through the Capstone project? Is it an individual or a group and how will it be administered and taught?​

It is one project per individual to be completed during the semester.

There will be two progress reports due throughout the semester to allow the instructor provide feedback to students.

Contact Information

Computer Science Department (CSC)
(Curriculum, Advising, Admission)

310-243-3398 | |

College of International and Extended Education (CIEE)
(Registration, Payment, Application Process)

310-243-3741 |

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