Applying for MS in Cybersecurity
For the graduate application, please go through UNO Graduate Studies Admissions.
- Complete and submit the graduate application form for admission.
- Submit a detailed resume indicating your work experience and background.
- Submit a writing sample from work or previous academic experiences. Alternatively, if you do not have a writing sample, please submit a two-page double-spaced word-processed essay that addresses the following two topics:
- Discussion of two accomplishments that demonstrate your potential for success in the graduate program
- Discussion of your unique personal qualities and life experiences that distinguish you from other applicants to our graduate program.
- Ask three references who can evaluate your work and/or academic achievements to write a letter of recommendation on official letterhead and send it directly to the Office of Graduate Studies.
- Send official transcripts of all college coursework. The minimum undergraduate grade point average requirement for the MS in CYBR program is 3.00 or equivalent score on a 4.00 scale. All applicants must have the equivalent of a 4-year undergraduate degree.
- International applicants who do not have a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an English-speaking institution of higher education in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, English-speaking Africa, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand are required to submit TOEFL and GRE scores.
- The minimum TOEFL requirement for the MS in CYBR program is 550 (paper-based) / 213 (computer-based) / 79 (Internet-based).
- There is no minimum GRE requirement, but the applicant's score will be one factor used in evaluating the student's portfolio. The GRE test requirement is waived if: the student is a graduate of the University of Nebraska system with a degree in Computer Science or Management Information Systems and a GPA of 3.5 or more, or the student has earned an M.S. or advanced degree in a closely-related discipline.
- Interview (optional): Although not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to arrange for an interview with one or more members of the Graduate Program Committee by directly contacting the Committee Chairperson. Telephone interviews are highly recommended for applicants outside the local area.
All applicants are considered on an individual basis. All applicants for the MS in CYBR program must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited four-year institution of higher learning or the equivalent foreign institution and earned a GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Since many factors influence the success of a graduate student, factors such as an applicant's maturity, motivation, employment history, writing samples, work experience, and other accomplishments will also be considered in making admission decisions. In addition, for International applicants, the GRE and TOEFL scores will be used along with other factors outlined above to make an admission decision.
Foundation courses ensure all students in the MS CYBR program have a solid groundwork upon which to build the rest of the program. These courses not only provide essential prerequisite knowledge and skills for other courses in the program, but they also contain a distinct body of knowledge that is an important part of the cybersecurity professional's education. All foundation courses are required for all students. However, students who have obtained an undergraduate cybersecurity degree will typically already have this foundation. In such a case, most, if not all, foundation courses are usually waived. Students with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines, including Computer Science, Management Information Systems, or Engineering, will usually require one or more foundation courses. Occasionally, a student's work experience may be sufficient to waive one or more of these foundation courses.
Waivers for foundation courses are granted by the chair of the graduate program committee upon the recommendation of the faculty member who is responsible for an individual course. Students requesting a waiver for a particular course should be prepared to meet with a faculty member and answer questions in the area of the course. They should bring to the meeting any relevant transcripts, course syllabi, course material, or evidence of practical experience. Some foundation courses may have an option for testing out.
Foundation courses cannot be used to satisfy the 33 semester hours required for the MS in CYBR degree. Students who have not completed all the foundation course requirements may be admitted on a provisional status until those requirements have been completed. All foundation courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with the first six hours of MS in CYBR graduate course work.
The Graduate College's Quality of Work standards shall be applied to foundation courses as well as courses taken as part of the degree program. In particular, the GPC will recommend to the Graduate College that any
- Student receiving a grade of "C-"or below on any foundation courses will be dismissed from the program or, in the case of unclassified or non-degree students, be automatically denied admission.
- Student receiving a grade of "C+" or "C" in any foundation course will be placed on probation or dismissed from the program.
- Student not maintaining a "B" (3.0 on 4.0 scales) average in foundation courses will be placed on probation or dismissed from the program.
NON-DEGREE STUDENTS: Students interested in taking courses without admission to the MS in CYBR degree program may do so with permission of the Graduate Program Committee.
PLAN OF STUDY: All students should contact a Graduate Advisor in their first month of admission to complete a Plan of Study (a listing of all courses planned for the degree and the semester in which each course will be taken). If you are going to deviate from the approved plan of study (i.e. change courses or semesters), request approval from your Graduate Advisor prior to registration. Changes to the official plan of study must go through the approval process or graduation may be delayed. Students can enroll in UNO courses online at mavlink.unomaha.edu. It is highly recommended that out-of-town and international students enroll in courses before coming to Omaha, after consulting with an advisor.
The Graduate Advisor is Leslie Planos and current students can schedule appointments at mavtrack.unomaha.edu. New and prospective students can call the College of IS&T at 402.554.3819 to schedule appointments.