Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all master’s degree candidates.
  • Your prior education must include the following prerequisites: (1) one year of Calculus (2 semesters or 3 quarters); (2) one semester/term of advanced math (Discrete Math is strongly preferred but Linear Algebra and Differential Equations will be accepted); (3) one semester/term of Java (C++ will be accepted but the student must be knowledgeable in Java); (4) one semester/term of Data Structures; and (5) one semester/term of Computer Organization (e.g., assembly language and machine organization).
  • If your prior education does not include the prerequisites listed above, you may still be admitted under provisional status, followed by full admission once you have completed the missing prerequisites. Missing prerequisites may be completed with Johns Hopkins Engineering (all prerequisites are available) or at another regionally accredited institution. A grade of B– or better must have been earned in each of the prerequisite courses.
  • You may submit a detailed résumé if you would like your academic and professional background to be considered.
  • The four focus areas have additional requirements: You should have had a course in networking prior to taking courses in the Networks focus area, a course in operating systems prior to taking courses in the Systems focus area, and a course in both before taking courses in the Analysis focus area. If necessary, 605.612 Operating Systems and 605.671 Principles of Data Communications Networks can be taken and applied toward the master’s degree in Cybersecurity.
  • If you are an international student, you may have additional admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

  • Ten courses must be completed within five years.
  • Students are required to choose a focus area to follow.
  • The curriculum consists of three foundation courses and five courses from the Cybersecurity program, which includes selected courses from the Computer Science ( program, the Information Security Institute (, and Applied Mathematics and Statistics ( programs.
  • At least three courses must be from the same focus area, at least three courses must be at the 700-level, and at least one 700-level course must be in the chosen focus area.
  • Up to two electives may be selected.
  • Courses not listed in the Courses section are considered electives for Cybersecurity.
  • Transfer courses will be considered electives. Transfer courses must meet all general Engineering for Professionals requirements for transfer, must be directly applicable to Cybersecurity, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Only one C-range grade (C+, C, or C−) can count toward the master’s degree.
  • Course selections outside of the foundational and track/concentration lists below are subject to advisor approval.
  • Graduate students who are not pursuing a master’s degree in Cybersecurity should consult with their advisor to determine which courses must be successfully completed before 600- or 700-level courses may be taken.

Course Planning and Search

Wondering what course to take when or which courses are required? Use these helpful course planning and course search tools to help map out your path to degree completion.

Academic Calendar

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Certificate in Cybersecurity

If you are not quite ready to commit to another master’s degree, take a look at pursuing our post-master’s certificate option. You can earn this certificate in 5 courses.