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With the vast amount of sensitive data now stored in the digital universe — everything from social security numbers to financial records and matters of national security — it’s critical that we secure and protect it from malicious interests. For vital computer networks and electronic infrastructures, cybersecurity experts stand as the last and most effective line of defense against such attacks.

At the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, our MS in Cybersecurity program curriculum is rooted in the belief that theory and research must translate into real-world solutions. To this end, we operate the National Science Foundation-funded Offensive Security, Incident Response, and Internet Security Lab (OSIRIS). We’ve also built a remotely accessible and virtual laboratory called VITAL, which serves as a shared, central facility for a consortium of universities in New York City.

NYU Tandon has a distinguished history of research and education in the field of cybersecurity, and our classes are taught by internationally known experts. We’ve been designated an NSA Center of Excellence in Information Assurance, a Center of Excellence in Research, and a Center of Excellence in Cyber Operations. Our curriculum meets the National Training Standards set by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

The cybersecurity field is expected to generate many new jobs over the next decade as industry and government continue to emphasize safe data and information systems. As a graduate of the program, you’ll be ready for a career as a developer of security products, security application programmer, security analyst, and penetration tester. You can also pursue work as a security researcher, vulnerability analyst, or security architect, or continue your studies toward a doctorate.

This program is also offered online.

Admission Requirements

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 (see below for waiver details)

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.

GRE Requirements

Applicants who satisfy one of the following conditions are not required but encouraged to submit a GRE score:

  1. Applicant has successfully completed the Bridge to Tandon program with a B+ or better.
  2. Applicant completes 9 credits under Visiting Student Registration from an approved list of CSE courses and maintains an average grade of B+ or better.
  3. Applicant has a BA or BS degree in computer science or computer engineering from NYU, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The following option for a GRE waiver is only available to NY Cyber Fellow and otherwise qualified applicants:

  1. A qualifying applicant can be granted a conditional admit, in which a grade of B or better must be obtained in the first two courses of the lock-step program. Students who do not satisfy the conditions of their admission will be academically disqualified.

Bridge to NYU Tandon

Students who are lacking the computer science skills needed for the Cybersecurity Master's Degree are encouraged to enroll in the preparatory Bridge to NYU Tandon program. Pending satisfactory completion, students would be considered for admission towards the master's degree program.

For more details visit Bridge to NYU Tandon

NY Cyber Fellows

NYU Tandon's NY Cyber Fellows program is an affordable part-time online MS in Cybersecurity in partnership with New York City Cyber Command, with a curriculum designed in cooperation with elite corporate partners. It offers scholarships of as much as 75 percent of tuition to U.S. residents.

For more details visit NY Cyber Fellowship

Transfer of Courses

Applications for transfer credits must be submitted for consideration before the end of the first semester of matriculation. Courses with grades below B are not eligible for transfer. Transfer credits for courses taken after matriculation at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering are rarely accepted and must be approved by the student’s academic department and by the Office of Graduate Academics before the course is taken. Grades for transferred credits or courses are not recorded and are not included in GPA calculations.

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 Ph.D. Program in Computer Science

Qualified Cybersecurity MS students can transfer to the Ph.D. program in Computer Science. The MS Program Committee must first recommend the applicant to the Ph.D. Admissions Committee.

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