Admissions

The Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS) program starts three times throughout the year (January, May, and September). Applications are reviewed as they are received, so you are encouraged to submit your completed application as soon as possible.

September 2020 Admission Deadlines

September 2020 Admission Deadlines
Deadline Date
Early Action Deadline April 1, 2020
Priority Application Deadline April 29, 2020
Final Application Deadline May 27, 2020
Classes Start August 24, 2020

January 2021 Admission Deadlines

January 2021 Admission Deadlines
Deadline Date
Early Action Deadline August 12, 2020
Priority Application Deadline September 9, 2020
Final Application Deadline October 7, 2020
Classes Start January 4, 2021

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for the Master of Information and Cybersecurity, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree. The recognized equivalent to a bachelor’s degree is also accepted, if earned from an accredited institution.
  • A superior scholastic record — normally well above a 3.0 GPA.
  • Optional: Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores.

You must also be able to demonstrate the following:

A high level quantitative ability

This should be demonstrated by at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Work experience that demonstrates your quantitative abilities.
  • Academic coursework that demonstrates technical or quantitative aptitude.

A problem-solving mindset

A sophisticated ability to reason analytically and a problem-solving mindset as demonstrated by academic and/or professional performance.

An understanding of - or, a proven aptitude for and commitment to learning - data structures and discrete mathematics

This should be demonstrated by at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Completed coursework in data structures and discrete mathematics.
  • Work experience that demonstrates understanding of data structures and discrete mathematics.
  • Proven technical aptitude, demonstrated by high level technical work experience or academic coursework.
  • Proven commitment to learning concepts, demonstrated by review of MICS self-assessment and preparatory resources, and clear indication in application of progress made towards gaining this foundational knowledge.

A working knowledge of - or, a proven aptitude for and commitment to learning - basic computer concepts: operating systems and architecture

This includes working knowledge of at least one operating system (e.g., Windows, MacOS, Linux, or UNIX) and of computer architecture (e.g., the Intel x86-64 bit architecture). Applicants can demonstrate qualifications in the following ways:

  • Through relevant academic coursework and/or professional work experience.
  • Through evidence of technical aptitude, demonstrated by high level technical work experience or academic coursework.
  • Through proven commitment to learning concepts, demonstrated by review of MICS self-assessment and preparatory resources, and clear indication in application of progress made towards gaining this foundational knowledge.

Experience with computer programming

Knowledge of at least one, and ideally two, programming languages, such as C, C++, Python, Java, Javascript, or machine/assembly language as demonstrated by work experience or coursework.

An ability to communicate effectively

This should be demonstrated by at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Academic performance.
  • Professional experience.
  • Strong essays that demonstrate effective communication skills.

See application requirements here.