Timelines and Requirements

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The Master of Science in Cyber Defense program has its own unique application timelines and admissions requirements, in addition to the overall graduate admissions requirements.

Admission requirements for MSCD

We admit students into the MSCD program in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

To apply, you need to have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, or software engineering from an institution with full regional accreditation for that degree.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).
  • An essay in response to a security problem scenario. You’ll find the scenario within the application form.
  • Satisfactory GRE scores on a test taken within the last five years.

If you don’t have an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or software engineering, you may be required to take additional coursework as a condition of admission.

If you’re an international student, you must have a bachelor’s degree that is equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree in the U.S.

Application deadline

Make sure you send in your application by:

  • June 15 for admission for the following fall semester. 
  • November 15 for admission for the following spring semester. 
  • April 15 for admission for the following summer semester. 

Please be aware that the application deadline is subject to change to accommodate available capacity and program needs. It’s why we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

Graduation requirements

Our MSCD program requires a total of 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate. This includes:

  • Successful completion of all courses listed on your MSCD Plan of Study within the 5-year time limit
  • Achievement of a GPA of at least 3.0 (a "B" average), with no more than 6 credit hours of a "C" grade and no grade below a "C" in the courses on your Plan of Study
  • Satisfaction of Regental standards for residency, this is satisfied by completing all but a maximum of nine credit hours of your coursework at DSU (distance courses count as "at DSU")
  • 18 credit hours of core courses
  • 12 credit hours of specialization coursework
  • A comprehensive exam

Please note that several courses will have a mandated lab component. These courses may require specialized hardware or software, which will be available in campus computer labs.

For more information, you can view our program courses or contact us.

Program completion

The MSCD can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students can usually complete the program in two years. For part-time students, the completion time really depends on the number of credit hours taken per semester.

Please do note that you are required to complete the MSCD program within five years of the semester of your first course.

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