M.Sc. On Campus Online

Cyber Security Engineering

University of San Diego

20 months
1250 USD/credit 22500 USD/year
1250 USD/credit 22500 USD/year
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The Cyber Security Engineering program at University of San Diego provides essential knowledge and skills training for information security practitioners (public or private) who work to protect the safety and prosperity of companies, communities and the nation.


Cybersecurity Engineering for Real-World Applications

Offered through USD’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the MS-CSE program emphasizes a mission-centric focus while engaging students in academically rigorous training on the engineering aspects of software and hardware security. It is designed for industry professionals and bachelor-prepared students who want to effect positive change by developing and deploying engineering solutions to mitigate cybersecurity threats.

The Cyber Security Engineering program at University of San Diego is distinguished by:

  • An integrated approach to cybersecurity education developed in collaboration with industry, military, intelligence community and government stakeholders to deliver specific, in-demand knowledge and skill sets.
  • Dynamic, highly relevant curriculum designed by instructors with years of applied experience protecting national assets from the worst types of cyber threats.
  • Intensive, in-depth focus on the most critical issues and threats being confronted by cybersecurity professionals today.

Who is the CSE Degree for?

Our Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering program is ideal for bachelor-prepared students who are currently working in a wide range of cybersecurity roles or aspiring to work as a security engineer.

It is especially ideal for those with an engineering background who wish to effect positive change by developing and deploying engineering solutions to safeguard systems and networks, and mitigate cybersecurity threats.

Anyone interested in gaining a deep understanding of cybersecurity engineering concepts, theories and threat mitigation strategies will benefit from this program, which is designed to be an invaluable asset for career advancement.

Applicants come from varying backgrounds and fields including:

  • Traditional educational paths
  • Technology industries
  • The military
  • The intelligence community
  • Private industry
  • Government organizations
  • Law
  • Ecommerce
  • Private and public safety agencies

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Computational Roots of Cyber Security
  • Cybersecurity Concepts and Tools
  • Cybersecurity Network Defense
  • Cybersecurity Domain
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Security System Life Cycle

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 20 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Bachelor’s GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • The completion of a standardized test, such as the GRE, GMAT, Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or LSAT may be submitted to strengthen an application if the undergraduate GPA is lower than 3.0, or upon recommendation of the admissions committee.
  • TOEFL scores of 120 or above (if applicable)
  • Statement of purpose (minimum 500 words)
  • Letter of support from the candidate’s employer or two letters of reference
  • Resume showing information technology experience as demonstrated through academic or career experience
  • Students are required to bring a laptop to all courses (on-campus format only)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1250 USD per credit during 20 months.
  • National

    22500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1250 USD per credit during 20 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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