With the vast amount of sensitive data now stored in the digital universe — everything from social security numbers to financial records and matters of national security — it’s critical that we secure and protect it from malicious interests. For vital computer networks and electronic infrastructures, cybersecurity experts stand as the last and most effective line of defense against such attacks.
At NYU Engineering, our MS in Cybersecurity program molds these experts, who safeguard the information of individuals, businesses, and government organizations. Our curriculum is rooted in the belief that theory and research must translate into real-world solutions.
To this end, we operate the National Science Foundation-funded Information Systems and Internet Security (ISIS) laboratory. In addition to being the nerve center of our research, ISIS acts as a forum for the exchange of ideas between our students and others interested in cybersecurity. We’ve also built a remotely accessible and virtual laboratory called VITAL, which serves as a shared, central facility for a consortium of universities in New York City.
NYU Engineering has a distinguished history of research and education in the field of cybersecurity. We’ve been designated an NSA Center of Excellence in Information Assurance, as well as a Center of Excellence in Research. Our curriculum meets the National Training Standards set by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).
The cybersecurity field is expected to generate many new jobs over the next decade as industry and government continue to emphasize safe data and information systems. As a graduate of the program, you’ll be ready for a career as a developer of security products, security application programmer, security analyst, and penetration tester. You can also pursue work as a security researcher, vulnerability analyst, or security architect, or continue your studies toward a doctorate.
You need a superior undergraduate record from an accredited institution in order to be considered for entrance into the program. Preferably, you should have an undergraduate degree in computer science, mathematics, science, or engineering. However, applicants with degrees in other fields are considered individually for admission. You must also satisfy the following:
- Knowledge of mathematics through calculus
- At least 1 year of university-level science
- A working knowledge of a high-level, general-purpose programming language (preferably C++) and of data structures
- Demonstrated ability to communicate in written and spoken English. Foreign students and others for whom English is a second language may be required to undertake preparatory work to improve their language skills before admission into the graduate program.
- Statement of Purpose: You should submit a special purpose statement with your application that states your experience in cybersecurity and your motivation for applying to the program.
Students who have superior academic credentials but who lack insufficient background are admitted with conditional status, pending satisfactory completion of preparatory bridge courses. In some cases, such students are interviewed to determine the necessary preparatory courses they need. Successful completion of the preparatory courses with a B or better average grade is a necessary condition for transfer to regular status.