M.Sc. On Campus


California State University San Marcos

12 months
16680 USD/year
16680 USD/year
7176 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science in Cybersecurity at the California State University San Marcos is a professional science degree program designed to meet the needs of the computing industry and associated organizations. 


Program of Study

The Cybersecurity program offered by the California State University San Marcos is a blend of technical courses and business courses with a capstone project. The objective of the program is to train an expertly skilled workforce to fulfill the imminent needs of the emerging and evolving cybersecurity industry. The program is designed to prepare those with strong background in computer science for management positions in cybersecurity such as the manager of the information security department, the director of risk assessment and compliance, the chief information security officer, the director of IT security, and project managers of security related projects.

Throughout the program, students will be exposed to real-world problems/cases, leading-edge technologies, managerial/interpersonal skills, ethics and governance knowledge, and problem-solving skills.

The rigorous program is taught online to accommodate the working student. The program design is a cohort model that requires students to go through the program together over a five-semester period with a predetermined course sequence. It is a non-thesis degree program requiring a rigorous “Internship or Semester-in-Residence” project as culminating experience.

Each student will be guided and evaluated by an Advisory Committee that will be made up of university faculty, program instructors, and industry mentors, as well as program advisors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cryptography
  • Security in Computer Networks
  • Secure Features in Operating Systems
  • Development of Secure Software
  • Information Security Governance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
143 (verbal)
155 (quantitative)
3.5 (analytical)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The program application form.
  • The statement of purpose outlining the reason or pursuing the degree.
  • One set of transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Two recommendation letters on a provided form.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16680 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    16680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16680 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7176 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for San Marcos

1100 - 1600 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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Updated over a year ago

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