Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering

The following elements are the standard admissions expectations for the on-campus Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering or computer science
  • Bachelor’s GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • The completion of a standardized test, such as the GRE, GMAT, Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or LSAT may be submitted to strengthen an application if the undergraduate GPA is lower than 3.0, or upon recommendation of the admissions committee.
  • TOEFL scores of 120 or above (if applicable)
  • Statement of purpose (minimum 500 words)
  • Letter of support from the candidate’s employer or two letters of reference
  • Resume showing information technology experience as demonstrated through academic or career experience
  • Students are required to bring a laptop to all courses

Please note we are unable to accommodate international students who require the F1 student visa. Contact an enrollment advisor if you are interested, but do not meet all published admissions requirements.

It is expected that all applicants will become members of InfraGard before starting the program. InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. It is an association of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S.

USD is unable to accommodate international students who require an F1 student visa. Contact an enrollment advisor if you are interested in our program, but do not meet all listed admissions requirements.

General Admission Information and Requirements

Students are admitted throughout the year for admission into one of three semesters (Spring, Summer, and Fall). Each semester two courses are offered, with students focusing intensively on one course at a time – a total of 7 weeks for each course. An academic calendar for the first year follows.

Admission application packets are accepted on a rolling basis. A decision will be recommended by the Review Committee within 1 week from submission.

View the academic calendar below:

Completed Application Deadline
August 8, 2017
Registration Deadline
August 22, 2017
First Course Start Date
September 5, 2017
First Course End Date
October 23, 2017
Second Course Start Date
October 24, 2017
Second Course End Date
December 11, 2017
Completed Application Deadline
December 8, 2017
Registration Deadline
December 18, 2017
First Course Start Date
January 23, 2018
First Course End Date
March 12, 2018
Second Course Start Date
March 13, 2018
Second Course End Date
April 30, 2018
Completed Application Deadline
April 24, 2018
Registration Deadline
May 8, 2018
First Course Start Date
May 22, 2018
First Course End Date
July 9, 2018
Second Course Start Date
July 10, 2018
Second Course End Date
August 27, 2018

Student Support

USD provides support services from your initial inquiry through graduation and placement. As a nationally ranked Catholic institution, the University of San Diego is focused on an unwavering expectation: academic excellence. We want to help you become the Changemaker you want to be!

Enrollment advising

When you first inquire about one of our graduate degree programs, you will be assigned a personal Enrollment Advisor. Your Enrollment Advisor is available to answer your questions, help you assess your eligibility for admission, and guide you through the application process. Your advisor will help you every step of the way from the moment you indicate your interest in a program through the entire application process. Our team of Advisors can even help order your undergraduate transcripts, guide you through the process of writing your admission essay, and ensure you are staying on top of deadlines.

program advising

A Program Advisor will be your primary point of contact for support once you are admitted and have formally registered for classes. When you first enroll, your Program Advisor will schedule a 15-minute introductory call to review technology/equipment requirements, connect you with resources for finanacial aid, GI Bill/VA funding, payment plans etc. and help you sign up for the Online Orientationl. Over the course of your program, you’ll work with your Program Advisor to add/drop classes, coordinate credit transfers, and address any technical challenges you might be experiencing. In fact, you can direct most university-related questions to your Program Advisor; if they do not have the answer, they will point you to the available resource that does.

academic advising

Each of our graduate degree programs has an Academic Advisor, who is responsible for evaluating applications and admitting new students, monitoring your academic progress and providing guidance as needed. Program Advisors also serve as instructors for their respective programs.

additional support to help you complete the program
  • Instructor Support –Instructors facilitate your studies throughout the course and will respond to your questions and coursework through the course site.
  • Library Support – You will have access to Copley Library’s online digital databases and other library resources, including the library’s reference services either by phone or email.
  • Technical Support – If you have any troubles with the online learning environment, you’ll find USD’s help desk technical support to be responsive and effective.
graduate placement

Career Services at the University of San Diego (USD) serves as a centralized resource for USD students, alumni and employers. Career Services can provide you with online career tools and other resources to help you with your job search.