Program eligibility requirements
The Masters of Science in Cyber Operations (MSCyOps) program bases admission decisions on the applicant's prior academic work, professional background/experience in computing/cybersecurity, and recommendation letters. The graduate director determines admission into the master's program and transfers coursework equivalency.
The following items are the minimum requirements for potential admission into the program. Meeting these requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
- A bachelor's degree (preferably in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Information Technology, or Computer Forensics) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. GPA exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis for those applicants who demonstrate a potential for academic success through other ways.
- A competency statement (two pages maximum) that describes the following:
- Applicant's knowledge and interest in cybersecurity discipline and human factors impacting personal use policies and monitoring.
- Applicant's ability to identify and analyze problems, distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical decisions, and provide solutions to individual and organization problems.
- Applicant's ability to make clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups; listens effectively, and clarifies information as needed; facilitates an open exchange of ideas and fosters an atmosphere of open communication.
- Two letters of recommendation from people (faculty, supervisor, etc.) qualified to judge the applicant's ability for graduate study in Cyber Operations.
- English language proficiency or permanent resident status, documented/demonstrated in one of the following ways:
- The applicant is a US citizen or permanent resident
- The applicant has a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from an English-speaking institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
- The applicant has a minimum TOEFL score of 80 (Internet-based) or 550 (paper-based) achieved within 24 months of intended matriculation.
- The applicant has an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher achieved within 24 months of intended matriculation.
Applicants who have a bachelor's degree in a non-technical field may be admitted to the program if they meet the following conditions:
- Completed undergraduate courses in Discrete Mathematics and Statistics with a minimum grade of B.
- Completed cyber-related undergraduate courses with a minimum grade of B and demonstrated competency in Python Programming, C Programming, Assembly Language, PowerShell, Basic Data Structures and Algorithm, Systems Administration, Computer Networking, and Linux Fundamentals.
- Have at least one year of proven IT or cybersecurity industry experience. Exceptions can be made based on the overall application package.
Deadlines—Fall semester start only
- June 15—United States applicants
- May 1—Overseas international applicants
- There are no spring or summer admissions.
- The MSCyOps program director will inform applicants of the admission decision for fall semester by July 1.
- Applications not complete by the deadline will be cancelled
A complete application file consists of two parts (three for international students.) Begin the application process by first applying online using the online graduate application. All application materials become the property of Metropolitan State University and are not returned. All application materials must be received in the Graduate Studies Office by the application deadline, and will be made available to the MSCyOps Graduate Admissions Committee for review.
Part one - apply online
- Complete the Online Graduate Programs Application. You will use your Minnesota State StarID to complete the application. If you don't have a Minnesota State StarID, you will create one at the beginning of the application. If you encounter difficulty with the online application please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pay the non-refundable application fee online using the online application. The current fee of $20 is waived for graduates of Metropolitan State University.
- Submit official transcripts or transcript evaluation showing a baccalaureate degree or equivalent earned from an accredited institution with grade-point average or narrative description describing courses completed.
- Transcripts from ALL schools attended after high school and from any graduate or professional programs are required.
- All transcripts from non-U.S. schools must be evaluated (course-by-course) by:
- Educational Credential Evaluators (third-party website) (preferred)
- World Education Services (third-party website)
- Electronic transcripts (preferred) sent to email@example.com
- Paper transcripts sent directly from the sending institution (preferred) to:
Metropolitan State University
Attn: Graduate Admissions
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul MN 55106
Part Two - Upload Remaining Documents
Once you've applied online you can login to the Applicant Portal using your StarID and password and upload remaining documents and check on the status of your application. To be considered for admission you must provide:
- Current Resume
- A competency statement essay (two pages max) outlining your:
- Knowledge and interest in cybersecurity discipline and human factors that impact personal use policies, and monitoring. For applicants without a computer science or related major, address why you feel you have the necessary background to succeed in the graduate program
- Ability to identify and analyze problems, distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical decisions, an provide solutions to individual and organization problems;
- Ability to make clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed; facilitates an open exchange of ideas and fosters an atmosphere of open communication
- Two letters of recommendation from people qualified to judge the applicant's ability for graduate studies, one from a current or former college instructor and at least one from a current or former work supervisor.
- From professional sources, at least one of which is a current or former college instructor, and at least one of which is a current or former work supervisor.
- Official minimum recommended GRE scores are 150 on verbal and 155 on quantitative or a total of 305.
Part three - international students only
In addition to parts one and two, international applicants in the U.S. or abroad, on any type of visa, are required to provide this information for admission to the university.
- Proof of English proficiency (official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score)
- Minimum scores: TOEFL 80 IBT, 213 CBT, 550 PBT, IELTS 6.5, or Duolingo 105-110
- IBT=internet based; CBT=computer based; PBT=paper based
- Financial statement (F1 visa only)
- Immunization records
- Copies of passport, visa, I-94, and international home address and phone numbers
International Student Services
Metropolitan State University
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106-5000
Questions about applying to the Cyber Operations program? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or call 651.793.1302.
Questions about the program, please contact email@example.com.