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Admissions Requirements: Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity Degree

When reviewing your application, we strive to get to you know you beyond requirements like GPA and transcripts to make sure we have a full understanding of your career aspirations and how our program can help you.

Take a look at our requirements below. We’re happy to provide you with any additional information you need if you have questions.

MSCS ADMISSION CRITERIA MSCS ADMISSION DETAILS
GENERAL MSCS REQUIREMENTS
  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
    • If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive provisional status in the program at the discretion of the MSCS program director.
PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK AND EXPERIENCE

You don't need prior work experience or a bachelor's degree in cybersecurity to be accepted. You can complete this prerequisite listed below at Saint Mary’s University.

CYBR590 Computer Networking
*Note: This course does not apply toward your degree.

This prerequisite can be waived with college courses, certificates, or work experience. Please speak with an enrollment counselor for more information.

GMAT AND GRE EXAM SCORES GRE or GMAT scores not required.
TRANSFER CREDITS

You can transfer a maximum of six credits you've earned before admittance to Saint Mary's.

Transfer credits are subject to graduate school and program criteria, as well as the recommendation of the program director and approval by the dean.

Work and life experience are not accepted as credit for this program.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Students with transcripts from universities located outside of the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) are required to take and pass English proficiency testing.

Saint Mary's accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0, the Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74 percent, the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 51, or the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Whether you apply through our online application, via hard copy, or in person with a Saint Mary's enrollment counselor, your application must include the following items:

  • $25 non-refundable application fee: Note that Saint Mary's alumni, students seeking readmission, veterans, and active military personnel are exempt from this application fee.
  • Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to info@onlineprograms.smumn.edu or mailed to:

    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    Online Processing Center
    1415 West 22nd Street, Suite 800
    Oak Brook, IL 60523
     

  • A written statement: Describe your personal background, training, career goals, and experience. Tell us why you're seeking admission to the MSCS program, what your personal and professional strengths are, and any other personal information you wish to share.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An up-to-date resume
APPLICATION DEADLINES

Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary's online MSCS:

  • December 20, 2019
  • April 17, 2020
  • August 14, 2020

Applications can be submitted online, via hard copy, or in person with a Saint Mary's enrollment counselor.

START DATES

Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary's online MSCS:

  • September 2, 2019
  • January 6, 2020
  • May 4, 2020
  • August 31, 2020
NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE You'll receive notice of acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

If you have questions, request more information or contact an enrollment counselor at 877-308-9954. Saint Mary's is here to support you every step of the way.