Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

MS in Cybersecurity FAQs

What are the defining characteristics of your program?
Our program favors practice-based teaching that applies the latest research, theory, and knowledge to current threats. The courses focus on actual scenarios, using on-site computer labs with virtual cloud-based simulation to teach the students the latest in cybersecurity malware detection, protection, and ethics.

How many credits are required to complete this program?
Thirty credit hours are required (10 courses). The program begins with a one-week intensive course, followed by 3 courses in each of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

What is the checklist for admission?

  1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  2. Official Transcripts (3.0 GPA preferred)
  3. Resume or CV
  4. Personal statement
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students (TOEFL 79 or IELTS 6.0)
  7. Admission interview
  8. Application fee of $60

Why is an interview required?
The interview is to make sure that there is a good fit between the applicant and the program. The interview will be conducted by the program coordinator or a member of the executive committee; this can be done in person, by phone, or through Skype.

Do you offer conditional admission? My GPA was 2.7 but I graduated many years ago.
We do offer conditional admission. Your GPA is only one component of the admission decision. During the first semester in the program, conditional admits must achieve a GPA of 3.0.

Do you offer admission to international applicants? Could I apply for OPT upon completing this degree?
Yes, we welcome international applicants, and they can apply for OPT after completing this degree.

Must both letters of recommendation be from an academic source?
It depends on your current status. For applicants who finished their degrees in the last 5 years, it is advisable that one letter be from an academic reviewer. For applicants who finished their degrees more than 5 years ago, both letters can be from professionals in the field.

Does this program require the GRE?
No GRE is needed to apply.

How much does the program cost?
Tuition is paid by credit. Each credit costs $1000.

Do you offer financial aid?
Yes. Students are eligible for state and federal financial aid by filling out the FAFSA. In addition, scholarships may be available for qualified students.

How can I fulfill the prerequisite courses?
You can meet the prereq requirements by having taken similar courses (based on content) within the last ten years (please see list of Courses and Degree Requirements for a description of the material covered in the prerequisites). If the equivalent courses were more than 10 years ago, you can meet these requirements by taking our in-house project-based evaluations in the relevant areas.

I have not taken the prerequisite courses, but I have equivalent knowledge from my work experience. Can I waive some prerequisites?
You can show your mastery of the subject-matter though project-based evaluations in the different areas.

What are the project-based evaluations like?
You must complete a project, which you will have 14 days to finish. If the faculty concludes that you have finished 70% of it correctly, you will have met the pre-req requirement in that area.

Do you have sample exam projects for the prerequisite courses?
Yes, we do have sample exam projects. Please contact the Program Coordinator, Professor Han, for more information.

Do you offer graduate course credit transfer?
Yes, you are allowed to transfer a maximum of 6 credits of graduate coursework taken at an accredited institution, provided you have earned a grade of B (3.0) or better in the course.

I am a Fordham CIS student and I already took some undergraduate cybersecurity courses; can I transfer these courses to my cybersecurity master study?
No. We only accept graduate-level credits.

I am in the Master of Computer Science program at Fordham University; can I take courses in this program?
Yes. You may take several courses (i.e., 3 courses) from this program and declare cyber security as your area concentration.

I am a graduate student in another program at Fordham; can I enroll in your program in addition to pursuing my current degree?
No, students may not be matriculated in two different programs at the same time.

Can I do a thesis track?
Yes the thesis track consists of one 3-credit course. You would need to arrange to work with an appropriate faculty member in the program for this option.

In addition to face-to-face meetings, will professors hold office hours?
Yes, they will have online office hours.

Do you offer assistance with cybersecurity certificate exams (e.g., CompTIA Security+, CISSP)?
Our program covers the specified areas of the CISSP and other certificate exams, giving student solid training for the exams. It should not be hard for you to pass these exams after you complete your degree.

Contact Us

Fordham Cybersecurity
Program Coordinator

Henry (Xiaoxu) Han, Ph.D.

Lincoln Center
Glen Redpath

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