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.

May 2019

Admissions Deadlines
Deadline Date
Early Action Deadline December 11, 2018
Priority Application Deadline January 8, 2019
Final Application Deadline February 13, 2019
Classes Start May 6, 2019

Admissions Requirements

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

  • GRE or GMAT scores required.
  • 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.

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:

  • Scores in the top 15 percent in the quantitative section of either the GRE or GMAT
  • Five years of significant work experience that demonstrates your quantitative abilities
  • Technical or quantitative undergraduate or graduate course work

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 data structures and discrete mathematics

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

  • Exposure to data structures can be demonstrated with a passing grade in an undergraduate computer science course on this topic or the equivalent.
  • Exposure to discrete mathematics can be demonstrated with a passing grade in a course in any of the following topics: combinatorics, probability, number theory, abstract algebra, symbolic and abstract logic.
  • Work experience that demonstrates understanding of data structures and discrete mathematics can be substituted if there is clear evidence of mastery.

A working knowledge of 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 working knowledge of computer architecture (e.g., the Intel x86-64 bit architecture).

Applicants can acquire this knowledge from academic coursework in computer science, information science, or related fields, from professional experience, or it can be self-taught.

A proficiency in computer programming

Proficiency in at least one, and ideally two, programming languages, such as C, C++, Java, Javascript, or machine/assembly language as demonstrated by prior work experience or advanced coursework.

An ability to communicate effectively

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

  • Strong scores in the verbal and writing sections of either the GRE or GMAT
  • Academic performance
  • Professional experience
  • Well-written, thoughtful application essays

See application requirements here.