Master's in Cybersecurity Admissions Overview and Application Requirements

There are five requirements for admission into the University of Arizona MS in Cybersecurity program:

  1. For domestic students, a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university OR for international students, a U.S. comparable bachelor's degree
  2. Undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0 or higher*
  3. At least one of the three items listed below:
    • Three years of technical work experience (does not include internships)
    • Relevant industry certificate (i.e., CISSP, CRISC, CISM, etc.)
    • Recent (within one year of MS Cybersecurity degree application) undergraduate degree in management information systems, electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, systems engineering, industrial engineering, or related field
  4. For international applicants only, TOEFL minimum score of 80 (internet-based testing)
    • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores (for international applicants only who have not graduated from a U.S. institution; degree must not be older than two years from the term of enrollment)
    • Test must have been taken within two years of the intended term of enrollment; minimum TOEFL score of 80 internet based testing, IELTS test composite score of 7 (no subject area below 6)
  5. Completed Graduate College application (including $85 processing payment)

Please note that before joining our program, students should have experience/knowledge of Python and probability and statistics. Students will be expected to successfully pass a Python and statistics skills test before they are able to take the courses noted that have Python and statistics as a prerequisite. If students do not successfully pass they are expected to take additional coursework or complete self-study until they are able to pass the skills test. Find out more here.

* Probationary option to start the program is available for those who do not have a 3.0 GPA. Learn more on our MISonline site.

Documents Needed for Application to the Program

The following documents are required for application to the MS in Cybersecurity:

  • Copies of transcripts (uploaded during the application process)
  • Official transcripts (sealed) from all institutions attended; send your official transcripts to the address below
    Official transcripts/academic records include:
    • From a US institution: Final, official transcript showing degree awarded with conferred date
    • From an international institution: Final, official transcripts/academic records showing degree awarded with conferred date and/or official degree/diploma certificate
      More details here on accepted transcripts/academic records
  • Current resume; include employment history, education, awards/honors, memberships, and participation in professional organizations (uploaded during the application process)
  • Purpose of Graduate Study: a document stating your goals and objectives of gaining this degree and how obtaining this degree will impact your career path (uploaded during the application process)
  • Three letters of recommendation (application system will ask for recommenders' contact information and it will send out the requests for you online)

Please send your official transcripts to:

MIS Department, Online Admissions
The University of Arizona
Eller College of Management
McClelland Hall Room 430
PO Box 210108
Tucson, AZ 85721-0108

We do accept official electronic transcripts; they must come directly from the institution to the University of Arizona. When ordering official transcripts use the email address brynf@email.arizona.edu and not the University of Arizona code.

Documents for International Students

In addition to the requirements above international applicants must also provide:

1. Copy of TOEFL scores; test must have been taken within the last two years of intended term of enrollment (uploaded during the application process)

2. Official TOEFL scores; test must have been taken within the last two years of intended term of enrollment and sent to University of Arizona (code #4832) from ETS

Admissions Checklist

Use the following checklist when completing your application:

Step

Task

1

Go to the Graduate College Online Application (GradApp) and create an account. Note: There is a $85 (domestic) or $95 (international) fee to complete the Graduate College application.

2

Gather the following to complete the sections of the application:

  • Citizenship information (if not a U.S. citizen)
  • Undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) GPAs
  • Names of previously attended colleges and dates attended
  • Names, title, and emails of three recommenders (preferably professional associates)

3

Choose your MS in Cybersecurity track: Information Systems or Physical Systems.

4

Submit the following supporting documents:

a. Transcripts

We require one official transcript from each university, college, or community college attended. International applicants must present one official copy of the transcript and one official copy of the diploma (degree certification) in both their native language and English during the formal enrollment process. Have one official copy of your transcripts sent to:

MIS Department, Online Admissions
The University of Arizona
Eller College of Management
McClelland Hall Room 430
PO Box 210108
Tucson, AZ 85721-0108

Submission of Electronic Transcripts: If you have an option to order electronic transcripts, please provide the following institution name: MIS Department Online Admission, University of Arizona. And provide the following email address: cybersecurity@email.arizona.edu. The electronic transcript must be sent to and received by a University of Arizona employee in order to be considered an official transcript by the Graduate College.

b. Prepare your recommenders information in order to fill out the three recommendation forms in the application. This will send the recommendation request to your references for completion.

c. Update your professional resume (make sure it reflects your technical skills and any professional certificates you hold).

d. Create your Purpose of Graduate Study essay. The personal statement should state your goals and career objectives of gaining this degree. Note: This document should be a minimum of one page, no more than two pages in length.

e. International students: Official TOEFL scores of at least 80 internet-based testing.

5

Prepare for a Python and probability/statistics skills assessment. Find out more here.

Admissions Deadlines

The Master’s in Cybersecurity is designed to fit into your own schedule with frequent, flexible start dates. We offer a “rolling admission” policy that allows students the flexibility to apply and start the program six times throughout the year.

Completed applications* are due three weeks before the start of any class and only completed applications will be reviewed. Those received by the deadlines below (or next business day for deadlines falling on weekends or holidays) are given the highest priority. All others will be considered based on space availability.

If your preferred term has reached capacity, you will be automatically considered for the next term.

* Completed applications refer to receipt of ALL required documents including official transcripts and letters of recommendation.

Semester: Date of First Class

Deadline to Apply

Fall 2: October 23, 2017 October 2, 2017
Spring 1: January 8, 2018 December 18, 2017
Spring 2: March 5, 2018 February 12, 2018

Program Cost

Earning your Master's in Cybersecurity from our accredited program will help you differentiate yourself from others; gives you the tools to assess, prevent, and manage information or systems security related risks; and enables you to boost your career.

The following are costs associated with our Master’s in Cybersecurity:

Application Fee

  • Domestic Applicants: $85
  • International Applicants: $95

Tuition

Each three-credit graduate course is $3,996. This amount does not include additional UA Bursar fees. Please visit the Bursar's Office for additional information regarding cost.

Tuition cost reflects Fall 2017 to Summer 2018 rates. Each spring the Arizona Board of Regents reviews and sets tuition fees for the University of Arizona. Therefore, possible new tuition rates may be applicable for Fall 2018 to Summer 2019.

Textbooks

Some cybersecurity courses require purchasing textbooks. Textbook information is listed under the course descriptions. Cost of textbooks is not included in the course fees.


Financial Aid and Veterans Resources

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available for the MS in Cybersecurity program. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for information on available financial aid and scholarships.

Veterans Education Benefits

The MS in Cybersecurity does qualify for Veterans education benefits. Please contact the University of Arizona's Veterans Affairs Office for details.

Apply Now

Thank you for your interest in applying to the University of Arizona's MS in Cybersecurity program.

The Departments of Management Information Systems, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Systems & Industrial Engineering look forward to working with you throughout the application process.

Click the button below to be directed to the UA Graduate College Online Application (GradApp):

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Each applicant is notified by email of receipt of any additional required material. Each applicant is also notified of the admission decision as soon as the Admissions Committee has completed its review of the applicant's file.


For additional information or assistance, please contact us.

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