Master of Science in Cybersecurity

General

Program Description

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity explores key issues in information security and how technology can help resolve them. The program enables you to take courses tailored to your experience. Have a social science or another background? You will build and strengthen your technical skills. Have prior technical experience? You will add to your understanding of the context in which cybersecurity technology is applied.

Northeastern’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity program provides the critical knowledge you need to help fill the growing cybersecurity talent gap in Canada.

Key differentiators of our program:

  • Learn how to protect an organization’s information assets and systems.
  • Make strategic decisions about information security issues including identity theft, computer viruses, and electronic fraud.
  • Choose the learning format that meets your needs (100% online or flexible hybrid format that combines online and in-class instruction).

Students may be considered on an individual basis for a waiver of particular application requirements, such as the GRE and the TOEFL / IELTS language requirement.

Please Note: This program is offered under the written consent of the Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities for the period from October 28, 2015, to October 27, 2020. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).

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The Power of Your Degree

Our Master of Science in Cybersecurity combines an understanding of information security technology with relevant knowledge from the law, the social sciences, criminology, and management. The MS in Cybersecurity program is designed for working professionals and recent graduates who want knowledge they can apply in their workplaces to assess and manage information security risks effectively.

Specific learning outcomes include:

  • Building core knowledge surrounding computer system security and network security theory, processes, and practices.
  • Planning and implementing security strategies to reduce risk and enhance the protection of information assets and systems.
  • Identifying and addressing legal and ethical issues associated with information security, privacy, and digital rights and identifying how they inform specific cybersecurity plans and decisions.
  • Communicating effectively, verbally and in writing, with corporate management on cybersecurity-related issues.

Our MS in Cybersecurity graduates have found career success at a range of companies and government organizations, including:

  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Amazon
  • Synopsys
  • Dell
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • MITRE Corporation
  • Raytheon
  • US Army, Navy, and Air Force
  • US Department of Justice
  • US National Security Agency

Program Objectives

  • Build core knowledge surrounding computer system security and network practices.
  • Plan and implement security strategies to reduce risk and enhance the protection of information assets and systems.
  • Understand the legal and ethical issues associated with information security, privacy, and digital rights.
  • Enhance communications skills for effective interaction with corporate management on information-assurance-related issues.

Admission Requirements

Cybersecurity MS degree candidates are required to possess:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Academic or professional understanding of discrete mathematics, programming, systems administration, and computer communications.
  • When the knowledge mentioned above cannot be adequately verified, the Admission Committee will assign the necessary prerequisite courses.

Students must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 or above (or 8/10, 80/100, or equivalent on an international scale).

Test score minimums are as follows:

  • GRE:
    • Verbal = 147
    • Quant = 152
    • AW = 3.5
    • Will super score by subsection
  • TOEFL
    • 100 total
    • No Superscore
  • IELTS
    • 7.5 total
    • No Superscore

Cybersecurity applicants are eligible for the GRE waiver after 7 years of experience. To qualify, applicants must submit their applications in its entirety first. Afterward, they will be reviewed by the admissions committee. If eligible, they will be granted a GRE waiver.

Toronto applicants will be required to take a hands-on Linux test after they have submitted a preliminary application. A GRE waiver will be granted if the applicant passes the Linux test and if the admissions committee determines that the applicant’s work experience and technical background is sufficient.

Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a top 50 global research university and the recognized leader in experiential learning, anchored in the world’s largest and most innovative cooperative education progr ... Read More

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a top 50 global research university and the recognized leader in experiential learning, anchored in the world’s largest and most innovative cooperative education program. We integrate classroom studies with opportunities for professional work, research, service, and global learning in 128 countries. Read less
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