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Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity

from Georgia Tech
Top 10-ranked program
  • $9,920
  • 10 courses
  • Fully online
  • 2-3 years

Master's Overview

GRE/GMAT Scores are Optional for Your Application.

Admission is a competitive process and we carefully review all facets of your application. The information you include in your application assists our admissions committee in evaluating your potential for success in the program. Your application will not be reviewed until all of your supporting documents have been submitted.

Cybersecurity isn’t just about keeping your individual computers and devices safe, it’s about safeguarding our society and our world. Whether that’s from rogue criminals and gangs who want to steal your money or identity, or nation states and terror groups who want to disrupt defense systems, elections, or cripple our energy infrastructure, the need for well-trained cybersecurity professionals who can stop these attacks has never been greater.

Georgia Tech's OMS Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity is the only interdisciplinary degree in cybersecurity from a U.S. News & World Report Top 10-ranked public university that you can earn online, on your own schedule, for a tuition less than $10,000.

This online Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity provides the foundations so you can:

  • Understand the nature of risks and pathways of threats to cyber and cyber-physical systems.
  • Develop an awareness of vulnerabilities to software, networks, and computer systems.
  • Comprehend methods and strategies for protecting data on networks, in software, as well as other cyber and cyber-physical systems.
  • Examine the constraints and costs of cybercrime and espionage to privacy, communication, and use of technology.
  • Investigate the role that government, corporate, and coalition policies can have towards slowing and stopping cybercrime and surveillance.

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Details

Tuition

  • Tuition (32 credits at $310 each)
    $9,920
  • Additional fees per term
    $301

*Student fees billed by term. Total cost varies depending on how long it takes to complete the degree program.

*U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for financial aid, through federal loans.

Important dates & deadlines

Spring 2021

  • Early Decision Deadline
    June 15, 2020
  • Regular Decision Deadline
    August 1, 2020
  • Program Start Date
    January 11, 2021

Fall 2021

  • Early Decision Deadline
    Feb 1, 2021
  • Final Application Deadline
    Mar 15, 2021
  • Program Start Date
    Aug 23, 2021

*The application fee for domestic applicants is $75; the application fee for international applicants is $85.

*The application deadline includes all application materials—including unofficial transcripts, letters of recommendation, and TOEFL scores (if applicable).

Prerequisite coursework

For admission into the Information Security Track of the OMS Cybersecurity program, all applicants are expected to have:

  • A Bachelor of Science from an accredited institution in Computer Science or Computer Engineering.
  • A good understanding of computer science fundamentals such as processor architectures, operating systems, and networking protocols.
  • At least one college-level course or equivalent knowledge in discrete mathematics.
  • Strong programming skills.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Qualified applicants with other degrees and relevant work experience in cryptography, secure computer systems, and/or network security are also encouraged to apply.

For admission into the Cyber-Physical Systems of the OMS Cybersecurity program, all applicants are expected to have:

  • A Bachelor of Science from an accredited institution in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Electrical Engineering.
  • Basic familiarity with energy systems fundamentals and systems and controls is preferred.
  • Strong programming skills.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Qualified applicants with degrees in related fields and relevant work experience in cyber-physical, power, and/or embedded systems are also encouraged to apply.

For admission into the Policy Track of the OMS Cybersecurity program, all applicants are expected to have:

  • Technical backgrounds:
    • A Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution in Engineering or Computer Science.
    • Relevant experience in information system security management in a government, military, or business setting.
    • Two- to-three college-level courses in political science, law, public policy, economics, or international relations.
    • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Non-technical backgrounds:
    • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Business, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, or Public Policy. Pre-law or law degrees.
    • Practical experience in information management and programming.
    • At least one college-level course in computer science or programming.
    • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
    • Applicants who are accepted into the program, and lack a sufficient technical background, are encouraged to take a computer science course to ensure success in the program (we recommend Introduction to Computing in Python). It your responsibility to start the program with this foundation knowledge.

Application requirements

  • Official transcripts for each institution attended.
  • Lawful present document (U.S. Citizens Only)
  • TOEFL Score (International Applicants Only. Minimum score of 100 required.)
  • 3 Personal References
  • GRE or GMAT scores (Optional)
  • Program-Specific Questions/Materials
  • Personal Statements
  • Professional Resume

Curriculum

The OMS Cybersecurity degree requires 32 hours of coursework. Core and elective courses are each 3 credit hours, with the practicum being 5 credit hours.

Full curriculum breakdown:

  • Introductory Core – 9 hours
  • Specialized Tracks – 12 hours
  • Electives – 6 hours
  • Practicum – 5 hours

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FAQs

  • We do not offer any scholarships for our online graduate programs, but students can apply for federal loans.
  • Yes, a TOEFL score is required for international applications. A minimum score accepted is 100.
  • Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this program: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this program in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.