New York University Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Why New York University?

New York University, a large private research university in New York, New York,  recruits applicants for its online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program. Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree, preferably in computer science, mathematics, science or engineering. The degree should include coursework in programming (preferably C++)  and data structures and algorithms. Applicants are also expected to have completed at least one year of courses in a university-level science subject.  

The GRE is optional, and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is expected.  Students without the necessary technical skills can enroll in a Bridge Program prior to admission.

Program Snapshot

University Name New York University
Location New York
State New York Grade A+
Name of Degree Master of Science in Cybersecurity
School or Department Administering Program School of Engineering
Credits 30
Cost per credit $2021.00
Tuition for Entire Program $60,630.00
Test Requirements GRE optional
Minimum GPA 3.0
Campus Visit Required? No
Typical Time to Complete 2 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations Cyber Defense; Cyber Operations
Synchronous Classes Some
Required Courses · Information Security and Privacy

· Network Security

· Applied Cryptography

· Application Security

· 3 Breadth Electives

· 3 Depth Electives

· Capstone Project

· Optional Research Project or Thesis

Does the Program Include a Capstone? Yes
Does the Program Include a Practicum or Internship? No
Other Features that Make the Program Unique NYU Cyber Fellows program – 75% tuition scholarship and work experience in the National Science Foundation-funded Offensive Security, Incident Response, and Internet Security (OSIRIS) laboratory; courses taught by internationally known experts; Designated as an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations and Cyber Defense Research; fast application process and expedited decision  time; Bridge Program available for those without necessary background;
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program) As a graduate of the program, you’ll be ready for a career as a developer of security products, security application programmer, security analyst, and penetration tester. You can also pursue work as a security researcher, vulnerability analyst, or security architect, or continue your studies toward a doctorate.
Program Description Consisting of 30 required credits, this program emphasizes engineering topics Students choose between two concentrations. In order to consolidate their learning in the program, all students complete a capstone experience. Following a traditional course schedule, the program is designed for students wishing to work and study at the same time.

 What will I Learn?

The NYU Cybersecurity program offers two concentrations: Cyber Defense and Cyber Operations. Students in both concentration areas can expect to be prepared for careers in software development, security application programming, security analysis, and penetration testing. Some graduates pursue careers in research, vulnerability analysis, and security architecture. 

The following courses are required for the degree: Information Security and Privacy, Network Security, Applied Cryptography and Application Security. Students then take six elective courses. Three  of these electives are Depth Electives, taken within the concentration area. Three electives are Breadth Electives, taken outside of the area of specialization. A capstone is required in the form of a research project or thesis.

The NYU program is distinguished by students’ access to world-renowned expertise in the area of study, supported by internationally known faculty. The program has been designated as an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations and Cyber Defense Research.  Students may apply to the NYU Cyber Fellows program, which offers a 75% scholarship for the Cybersecurity M.S. online, as well job opportunities within the National Science Foundation-funded Offensive Security, Incident Response, and Internet Security (OSIRIS) Laboratory. 

How much will the program cost?

The typical time for completion of the degree is 2 years of study. Students pay $2,102.00 per credit for a total of 30 credits, or $60,630.00 in total. Funding is available for students without the necessary means.

How does the program fit into my life?

Some courses are synchronous, meaning that students attend “live” class sessions online each week at a scheduled time. Some courses are asynchronous, meaning that students complete coursework on their own schedule each week. Course activities can include pre-recorded video materials, online discussion, and lab exercises. The typical time for completion of the degree is 2 years of study. Students can enter the program in Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.


The higher-cost cybersecurity master’s degree at this prestigious university may be an attractive option for those who wish to combine professional education with the opportunities of a highly-ranked research university. The program emphasizes engineering topics and has commensurate high expectations in terms of undergraduate coursework and academic performance. 

Following a traditional course schedule, the curriculum provides an attractive balance of required courses, depth electives, and breadth electives. The program will be especially attractive to applicants wishing to pursue specialized research due to  the faculty’s depth of expertise in many research areas.