Q: What kind of jobs would this degree prepare students for?
Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing and highest-demand job specializations available in today’s workforce. Both private and public sector organizations across a broad range of industries have recently recognized the importance of cyber security to their mission. They also know that the current workforce lacks the requisite skills and expertise.
Graduates of the MS in Cybersecurity Professional Track will be prepared to design and implement technological controls that protect an organization’s digital assets. The program is designed to serve those working on the front lines operationally all the way up to chief information security officers. Potential career fields include information security operations managers, security architects, threat analysts, risk managers, and cyber security consultants.
Q: What are the admission requirements?
An applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, the following requirements must be met:
– A 3.0 undergraduate G.P.A.,
– At least 9 hours of mathematics and statistics at the level of calculus and above, and
– An acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
Students who do not meet these admissions requirements are still encouraged to apply, and may be admitted on a case by case basis.
Q: Is the GRE required?
Yes. However, it may be waived for experienced applicants who can demonstrate significant post-baccalaureate scholastic achievement. We are particularly interested in applicants who can demonstrate successful industry experience as a supplement to their academic performance.
Q: What is the background required to be successful? Do students need a background in IT?
The program is open to any students with an undergraduate degree that satisfies the admission requirements. A background in computer science or IT is not required, though it would certainly be helpful. The program curriculum covers a blend of technical and organizational concepts. Students who do not have a background in IT or computer science may be asked to take one or two leveling courses in IT and computer programming, to be completed before the end of the first semester.
Q: How could any leveling requirements be satisfied?
Leveling requirements can be satisfied in any number of ways, so long as they are approved by the faculty director. Examples include completing traditional or online courses at The University of Tulsa or elsewhere or passing a proficiency exam after completing self-study.
Q: What does the program cost?
The cost of the MS in Cybersecurity Professional Track is mostly driven by tuition. For 2017-18, the Graduate School tuition is $1,235 per credit hour, and the program requires 30 credit hours to complete. In total, then, tuition costs $37,050 to complete the program. For most students, this costs is spread over two years needed to complete the program. Students pay tuition as they are enrolled, meaning it is due at the start of each semester for the currently enrolled courses. The University of Tulsa is a private school, so there is no difference between in-state, out-of-state and international tuition. All students pay the same tuition rate.
In addition to tuition, books and instructional materials are estimated to cost $2,000 over the duration of the program. Travel expenses for students who travel to attend immersive courses are estimated at $6,000. These expenses only apply to those students who do not live in Tulsa and must travel to attend all immersive classes.
There are no additional required fees (such as student activity fees or health insurance).
Q: Are scholarships or other financial aid available?
Financial aid is available to qualified students. Additionally, a limited number of merit-based partial scholarships may be available. Note that the MS in Cybersecurity Professional Track is intended for professionals who will continue working while enrolled in the program. In traditional graduate programs, financial aid is awarded in the form of research or teaching assistantships, in which full-time students work part time in support of campus-based faculty. Students in the Professional Track are not eligible for research or teaching assistantships. Full-time students interested in an assistantship are encouraged to apply to the regular MS in Cybersecurity program.
Students may be able to request partial or complete reimbursement of tuition costs from their employers, and university can help facilitate this. Additionally, support under federal loan programs is available for U.S. students. Contact the university’s financial aid office for more information.
Q: How long does the program take to complete?
In a typical sequence, the program should take 24 months to complete. The course sequence is designed so that students who work full-time can still complete the process. See the example course sequence for more information.
Q: I’m not currently working. Can I enroll full time in order to complete the program faster?
Yes. Students can enroll in up to 12 credit hours per semester each in the fall and spring, with 6 credit hours in the summer. Full-time students can complete the program in as short as 12 months. See the example course sequence for more information.
Q: When can I start the program?
Students may begin the program during the Spring, Summer or Fall semesters. Applications are processed as they are received, and prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Q: I live in Oklahoma. Can I take some classes in person?
Yes, you can mix and match. Some courses are only offered online, and some cyber security courses not intended for the Professional Track are only offered on campus. If students wish to take these classes on campus based on interest and availability, they are welcome to do so.
Q: I live outside the United States. Am I eligible for the program?
Students who hold F-1 and M-1 visas are not eligible for the program, per US immigration rules. However, international students who remain in their home country without holding such visas can complete the program entirely online.
Q: Is the program restricted to students who are employed?
No. Anyone who satisfies the admissions requirements can enroll in the program. Such students who are not employed full-time may prefer to apply to the regular MS in Cyber Security, in which they attend classes on campus and may qualify for assistantships to support their studies.
Q: Is there an experience requirement?
No. Work experience is preferred, but not required.
Q: What is the weekly time commitment for each course?
All courses in the MS in Cybersecurity Professional Track are 3-credit hour courses, and they require the same level of time commitment as any other graduate courses at The University of Tulsa. For 100% online courses, students are expected to devote approximately 10 hours per week per course. For immersive courses, the time commitment is approximately 10 hours per week during the pre- and post-experience online sessions and 40 hours for the week spent on campus.
Q: Do I have to take immersive classes?
No. All immersive classes are electives. Students can complete the program by taking only online courses.