Scholarship Opportunity

M.S. Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

The Spring Scholarship Deadline Has Passed

USD is proud to announce the availability of limited scholarship funds for new students admitted to the M.S. in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership (CSOL) program for the  Spring 2022 term. Scholarship awards of up to $2,500 will be granted to applicants whose unique academic, personal and professional experience will enhance the online CSOL community. In short, scholarship recipients will be professionals who are positioned to become student leaders who raise the bar for everyone.

Scholarship Information

Eligibility and Process

  • Standard program admission requirements apply:
    • Online application for admission must be completed and submitted by October 6, 2021. Your designated start term must be Spring 2022. (Classes start in January).
    • Official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution must be sent to [email protected]
    • Resume showing information technology experience as demonstrated through academic or career experience
    • Statement of purpose
    • Letter of support from your employer, or two letters of reference
    • Note: You may be required to provide additional supporting materials if your undergraduate GPA was lower than 2.75 or was conferred by a university outside the U.S.
  • In addition to the standard application materials outlined above, applicants who wish to be considered for the merit scholarship must write a 350-word essay based on the following prompt:  Describe the unique academic, personal, and professional qualities and experience that you bring to the classroom that will enhance and enrich the CSOL program.

Additional Details

  • The scholarship funds are only available to new students applying to the M.S. in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership with a start term of Spring 2022
  • All applicants must work with a USD enrollment advisor to apply for the scholarship. Fill out the form on this page to be assigned to an advisor.
  • Applicants who were admitted to the program for a prior start term (whether or not they enrolled) are not eligible to apply for scholarship funds
  • Recipients of scholarship funds must register for the Spring term by December 13th. The merit scholarship funds will be deposited in the student’s account and applied to tuition for the first term.
  • Recipients of scholarship funds must remain enrolled in the semester to receive funding. A drop or withdrawal from the semester results in the forfeiture of scholarship funding.
  • All application materials, as well as the scholarship essay, must be submitted by October 6, 2021 as follows:
    • Application submitted online
    • Scholarship essay submitted via email to your enrollment advisor
    • Official Transcripts sent to the Graduate Admissions Office


Will everyone who applies for the scholarship by the deadline receive an award?

No, not everyone will receive the scholarship.

How do I receive my award?

Your funds will be deposited directly into your student account so that you can apply them toward your first term’s tuition.

I don’t know if I can apply for the Fall term. Will there be a scholarship available in the Spring?

We don’t yet know if and when another scholarship opportunity will be available. Currently, the funds available for the merit scholarship are designated for students starting the Fall 2022 term only. Future scholarships, if available, may vary in amount as well as selection criteria.

If I submit my essay and application before the June 6th deadline will I be notified earlier?

You will be notified of your admission decision within a few days of applying. However, you will not be notified of your scholarship decision until after the submission deadline.

What happens after I apply for the program and submit my scholarship essay?

We review applications as soon as they are complete and all supporting documents (official transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc) are received. You will be notified of our admission decision by your enrollment advisor, and this generally happens within three days.

The scholarship award process follows a different timeline. All scholarship essays will be reviewed by a selection committee, and you will receive an email notification from the Academic Director.