Students desiring to pursue the joint MS in IS&TM/MS in Cybersecurity must apply directly to the degree program and must meet the admissions requirements of both programs (see this catalog for those requirements). The admissions directors for each program will evaluate the application separately and will apply the same criteria as specified in their respective programs. The prospective student is encouraged to see the admissions policies for both programs in the graduate catalog. Whereas the MS in IS&TM program accepts both the GMAT and GRE exams, scores for the GRE will be required for admission to the dual degree program. All application materials must be submitted by way of the Office of Graduate Studies online application process.
The MS in IS&TM/MS in Cybersecurity is a joint degree program. As such, the joint programs must be completed and the dual degree is conferred simultaneously. Students admitted to the program who later decide they only want to complete one of the degrees must apply separately to the desired program for admission as a candidate in that program. Students who complete the single degree (MS in IT&TM or MS in Cybersecurity) may not at a later date be admitted to the dual degree program. In such case the student would be required to complete all requirements for the second degree. A student who is initially admitted to either degree and who decides to pursue the dual degree must apply for admission to the dual degree prior to receiving the first degree and must complete the requirements for the dual degree prior to any degree being granted.
Admission to the MS in IS&TM/MS in Cybersecurity program is highly selective and is based upon a combination of professional work experience, prior academic grades, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and an interview. Please refer to the Graduate Admissions section in this catalog. Applicants are required to send a copy of their recent resume along with the completed application. Two letters of recommendation and an essay are required. Students in the dual degree are admitted for initial enrollment in either the fall or spring semester. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year. To expedite consideration for admission, applications should be submitted by February 1 for full-time applicants seeking financial aid, May 1 for applicants seeking fall admission, and November 1 for applicants seeking spring admission. Admission decisions may be made after these dates if space is still available; however , students are strongly encouraged to apply early.
The dual degree combines the core courses of both programs with a selected number of advanced courses from both programs. Candidates must complete a total of 48 credits. Full-time students should be able to complete the program in 24 months including courses during the winter and summer terms. Part-time students normally take from three to four years to earn their degrees.