Master of Science in Cyber Security

Cyber Security FAQs

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 $6,500 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.

Financial aid is not available for masters level programs.

Are there Student-based clubs or organizations available?

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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