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Cyber Security, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #1168 (BCR) Dayton, OH, United States
The Cyber Security program from Wright State University strengths include a unique blend of faculty expertise, well-equipped computer science and engineering laboratory facilities, and a balance of theory, practice, hardware, and software. 


The M.S. degree in Cyber Security program from Wright State University is designed for individuals who want to develop skills to identify and resolve cyber security threats. The degree is focused on developing knowledge and skill applicable to protecting computer systems and computer networks. 

Students with backgrounds in computer science, computer engineering, information systems or electrical engineering may apply to the program. Professionals working in the industry who have a strong technical background and related work experience are also encouraged to apply.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • The ability to integrate and apply graduate cybersecurity knowledge to solve complex cybersecurity issues and challenges.
  • The ability to understand and integrate new knowledge within the field of cybersecurity into their professional activities.
  • The ability to recognize the need for, and engage in, life-long learning.
  • A deeper understanding of the breadth and depth of cyberspace and the inefficiencies and shortcomings of our existing evaluation systems to deal with cybersecurity threats.
  • An understanding of the unique characteristics of cyberspace and how these unique characteristics affect/influence cybersecurity threats.
  • The ability to identify social, political, and economic factors/impacts of cyber threats and be able to identify and discuss ethical issues related to cybersecurity and privacy.
  • Recognition of the basic concepts of cyber security defense and be able to use software tools for malware identification and elimination, data encryption and transmission, and key-based authentication.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cyber Network Security
  • Host Computer Security
  • Information Security
  • Security Attacks and Defenses
  • Cloud Computing
  • Privacy Aware Computing
  • Visualization and Image Processing for Cyber Security
  • Trust Networks

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A 298 combined (verbal + quantitative) GRE score.

    This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related field
Students with a GPA below 3.0 may be eligible for admission if their combined GRE score exceeds 298.  Likewise, students with a combined GRE below 298 may be eligible if their GPA is higher than 3.0.

The GRE requirement is waived: 

  • For applicants with a bachelor’s degree in computer science or computer engineering from Wright State and a 3.3 minimum GPA
  • For applicants with a graduate degree in a science, math, or engineering field from a U.S. institution

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1125 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1125 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    660 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 660 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Dayton

  • 880 - 1360 USD/month
    Living Costs

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