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Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Spring 2019 decisions will be finalized by November

Degree Overview

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 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.

The OMS Cybersecurity program 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.

Looking for the on-campus program? Visit the On-Campus Master of Science in Cybersecurity page for more information.

Program-at-a-Glance

  • $310 per credit hour icon
    $310 per credit hour
  • 10 Courses icon
    10 Courses
  • 2-3 Years icon
    2-3 Years
  • 3 Tracks icon
    3 Tracks
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    Top 10 University
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    Online 24/7

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Admissions

  • Information Security Requirements
  • Energy Systems Track Requirements
  • Policy Track Requirements
  • Admission Deadlines
  • How to Apply
  • International Students
Information Security Requirements

Prerequisites 
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.

Online 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.  

International Students  
For international graduate applicants, please review the  international  student’s  tab for requirements.  

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Energy Systems Track Requirements

Prerequisites 
For admission into the Energy Systems Track 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.

Online 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.  

International Students  
For international graduate applicants, please review the international  student’s  tab for requirements.  

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Policy Track Requirements

Prerequisites 
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, will be required to take a free online computer science course to prepare for CS 6035.

Online 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.  

International Students  
For international graduate applicants, please review the  international  student’s  tab for requirements.  

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Admission Deadlines

Due to program size constraints, we cannot guarantee that all applications submitted by the Regular Decision deadline will be considered for admission for the applied semester. However, all qualified applicants will be considered for enrollment in the following semester.  

All application materials must be submitted by the deadline — including unofficial transcripts, letters of recommendation, and TOEFL scores (if applicable).

Fall 2019 Enrollment
Early Decision Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
Regular Decision Application Deadline: April 15, 2019

Spring 2020 Enrollment 
Regular Decision Application Deadline:  October 1, 2019

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How to Apply

Ready to apply? You're in the right place. Applications are accepted year-round.   

What You Need  
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:  

  • Official transcripts from each institution attended. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.  
  • Lawful Presence Document (U.S. Citizens Only). Applicants must verify their lawful presence in the United States prior to enrollment.  
  • English Proficiency (International Students Only). The  language of instruction at Georgia Tech is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum test scores and expectations are found on our International Students tab.  
  • References. You  will initiate the process through the online application by entering the name and email addresses of three references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to the recommender requesting a brief online recommendation. Please inform your references that they must submit the form for your application to be complete.  
  • Test Scores (Optional). You  may choose to submit standardized test scores, most commonly GRE or GMAT. This is not required for admission into the program.  

Program-Specific Questions/Materials  

  • Personal Statements. Describe your specific career goals and objectives, the decision to pursue an advanced degree, and other information that may be useful to the admissions committee.   
  • Professional Resume. A listing of your professional experience and uploaded to the online application.  

Start Your Application  
You can submit your application to the program at any time of the year. If you have any questions during the application process, please check our Frequently Asked Questions or contact the  Student Services Team. We also have an instructional guide to help navigate through the online application process.

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Please set aside sufficient time — usually about two to three weeks — for Graduate Studies to receive and process your supporting documents. We cannot guarantee applications received after the deadline will be reviewed in time for the applied semester.  

Application Fee  
A non-refundable application fee must be paid online with a credit card or electronic check if you have a U.S. bank account. The application fee is $75 for U.S. applicants and $85 for international applicants. Your application will not be received until the fee is paid.  

Status Checking  
Once your application is completed and submitted, you may monitor its progress through CollegeNet’s online status check system (using the same CollegeNet user ID and password created when you applied).  

Technical Requirements  
There are technical requirements for our online degree program. Please review the technology requirements.  

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International Students

Georgia Tech considers you an international applicant if you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident, regardless of where in the world you live.  

The admissions criteria applied in evaluating international applicants are essentially the same as those for U.S. citizens. All application materials, including transcripts and recommendations, must be submitted online and in English. You are also required to submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.  

International and domestic candidates that have relocated to the state of Georgia for purposes of full-time employment, as well as their spouses, may qualify for a waiver of the non-Georgia resident portion of tuition through the Economic Advantage Program. We strongly encourage all international applicants to submit application materials early to expedite the admissions process and to confirm eligibility for the Economic Advantage Program.  

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)  

Applicants must submit a valid TOEFL score if:  

  • They are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States.  
  • They are a citizen of a country where English is not the sole official language of instruction.*  
  • They have not successfully completed at least one year of study at an accredited university in the United States.  

*Countries where English is the sole official language of instruction include Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Canada — except Québec, Cayman Islands, Ghana, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, and Wales.  

TOEFL scores are valid for two years and the minimum required total score on the exam is 100 for the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT). For more information about these tests visit the  ETS official TOEFL website.  

Transcripts  

All applicants to the OMS Analytics Program must hold a U.S. bachelor's degree or equivalent to be considered for admission. A three-year degree is not equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree. Neither professional designations nor work experience will count toward the fourth year of study. We're unable to make exceptions to this policy.  

The Georgia Tech Graduate Studies Office does not accept any private evaluation of academic documents. Official transcripts and degree documents must be submitted at the time of application and the Georgia Tech Graduate Studies Office will evaluate them.  

The Georgia Tech Graduate Studies Office requires the following documents from international applicants:  

  • Official native language transcripts  
  • Official English translation of the native language transcript  
  • Official native language degree documents  
  • Official English translation of the native language degree document 
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Cost & Aid

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Payments and Refunds
  • Financial Assistance
Tuition and Fees

Tuition                                                $310 per credit hour*  
Mandatory Fees**  
           Institutional Fee                $194
           Technology Fee                 $107  
       
*Most OMS Cybersecurity courses will be three-credit hours, with the exception of the five-credit hour practicum course.  
​**Fees are assessed only for the terms in which students are enrolled in courses.

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Payments and Refunds

All payments of tuition and fees are handled by the Bursar’s office. For deadlines and instructions on how to pay, please visit the student payment portal.   

The Georgia Tech Bursar’s Office processes refunds via EFT, also known as Direct Deposit, Monday through Friday. Refunds and overpayments are electronically disbursed to the student’s checking or savings account and should be in the students account on the following day or sooner. You are not always eligible for a refund when dropping a course, so please read over the refund policy.  

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Financial Assistance

Education Loans  
U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for education loans. To learn more about graduate financial aid and loan programs, visit Georgia Tech’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.  

Employer Tuition Reimbursement  
Contact your employer’s human resources department for available tuition assistance programs and eligibility.  

The Post-9/11 GI Bill  
Effective August 1, 2011, qualified U.S. veterans may be eligible to receive financial support for tuition, mandatory fees, books, and housing. Additional information is available through the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Website.  

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Curriculum

Using multiple digital platforms and world-class instructors, you’ll have the opportunity to tailor your degree to your needs and interests by selecting a specialized degree track.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Accreditation
Accreditation

The Georgia Institute of Technology is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia Tech Institute of Technology. Additional information can also be found on the SACSCOC website.

NC-SARA Approval

The Institute has been approved by the state of Georgia to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establish comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.

Admissions
What is the admission criteria for the OMS Cybersecurity program?

Information Security Track 

  • 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.

Energy Systems Track (available Fall 2019)

  • 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.

Policy Track (available Fall 2019)

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, will be required to take a free online computer science course to prepare for CS 6035.

If I meet the admission criteria, am I automatically admitted?

No applicant is automatically admitted into the program. All applications are reviewed by a faculty committee to ensure those admitted can succeed in the program. 

Will there be a cap on admissions?

There is no hard cap on admissions. However, Georgia Tech is limiting Spring 2019 enrollments to 250 students. This number will scale up over time.

Application Process
What are the application requirements and deadlines?

View upcoming application deadlines and more details about application requirements.

How can I apply to the program?

Please review the information on our admissions section, which explains relevant dates, costs, and information necessary for application.

What materials must be on file before the application is considered complete and can be evaluated?

Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application: 

  • Official transcripts from each institution attended. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time. 
  • Lawful Presence Document (U.S. Citizens Only). Applicants must verify their lawful presence in the United States prior to enrollment. 
  • English Proficiency (International Students Only). The language of instruction at Georgia Tech is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum test scores and expectations are found on our International Students tab. 
  • References. You will initiate the process through the online application by entering the name and email addresses of three references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to the recommender requesting a brief online recommendation. Please inform your references that they must submit the form for your application to be complete. 
  • Test Scores (Optional). You may choose to submit standardized test scores, most commonly GRE or GMAT. This is not required for admission into the program. 

Program-Specific Questions/Materials 

  • Personal Statements. Describe your specific career goals and objectives, the decision to pursue an advanced degree, and other information that may be useful to the admissions committee.  
  • Professional Resume. A listing of your professional experience and uploaded to the online application. 
How can I check the status of my application?

You can check the status of your admission online at the Georgia Tech Graduate Studies website

Curriculum
How many courses are required to earn an Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity?

Students will take 10 courses (32 credit hours) to earn their degree.

Which tracks will be available with this program?

The Information Security track is currently offered. In Fall 2019, the Energy Systems track and Policy track will be added.

Are courses taught at specific times or can I learn at my own pace?

The courses are typically taught asynchronously, which means learners access and study content anytime, anywhere.

However, there may be synchronous virtual office hours with faculty and teaching assistants or for group project meetings, which students may need to attend in real time. These sessions are often recorded for later access.

Exams, in general, are open for a period of time, during which students take the exam in a shorter time period. For example, you would have two hours within a 48-hour period to take the exam.  

Cost and Aid
What are the tuition and fees?

View the current tuition and fees.

Are there opportunities for financial aid or assistance?

Yes, please visit our financial aid tab to view current opportunities.

International Applicants
Who is considered an international applicant?

Georgia Tech considers you an international applicant if you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident, regardless of where in the world you live.

What is the admissions process for international applicants?

International applications are evaluated in the same manner as U.S. applicants. Non-U.S. citizens may need to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. Application processing may take longer due to review of foreign academic transcripts and financial documents. We strongly encourage all international applicants to submit application materials early to expedite the admissions process.

Who is required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?

Applicants must submit a valid TOEFL score if: 

  • They are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. 
  • They are a citizen of a country where English is not the sole official language of instruction.* 
  • They have not successfully completed at least one year of study at an accredited university in the United States. 

*Countries where English is the sole official language of instruction include Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Canada — except Québec, Cayman Islands, Ghana, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, and Wales. 

TOEFL scores are valid for two years and the minimum required total score on the exam is 100 for the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT). For more information about these tests visit the ETS official TOEFL website

What is the minimum TOEFL score needed to be admitted?

The minimum required total score on the exam is 100 for the internet-based TOEFL (iBT).

Do I need to have my transcripts translated or converted?

You will be asked to provide an unofficial English translation of your transcript upon application. If your undergraduate institution does not grade on a 4.0 scale, you do not need to convert your GPA.

General Program Information
Do I have to declare a track specialization?

Yes. Each track specialization has its own admission requirements and application process. 

Is this the same program as the on-campus Master's of Science in Cybersecurity?

Yes. Online students earn the same degree and enjoy the same benefits as our on-campus Master of Science in Cybersecurity students, including the same academically challenging curriculum and outstanding faculty. View our program comparison chart to help you decide which program is best for you.

What will my transcript and diploma say?

Online students receive the same degree as our on-campus Master of Science in Cybersecurity students. The diploma and transcript will say "Master of Science in Cybersecurity."

How long does it take to complete and receive a degree?

The typical time for full-time students to complete the degree will be about one year, and two to three years for many part-time students. We will allow for longer enrollments—up to six years—for those students who need greater flexibility.

What are the benefits of the program?

The benefits of Georgia Tech's Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity are many, but some of the highlights include:

  • Learning from the same comprehensive on-campus curriculum without interrupting your career.
  • Flexibility to choose the number of courses to fit your schedule and complete your degree at your own pace.
  • Earning a degree recognized worldwide, and from a U.S. News & World Report top 10-ranked university.

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