Online Master's in Cybersecurity

Why SMU?

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Real-world Learning

Learn the real-world skills necessary for today's cybersecurity professional.

Small Classes

Average: 15 students

Maximum: 20 students

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Technology

Combination of cutting-edge online content and live online classes.

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Interaction

Interact directly with real SMU faculty and researchers.

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Connections

Connect with professionals from leading companies around the world.

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SMU-based Support

SMU faculty and staff support you as a SMU student.

A Thriving Field with a Limitless Future

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63%

Percentage of organizations reporting a demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals

Source: ISC2 2018 Cybersecurity Workforce Study

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~500,000+

North American need for cybersecurity experts


Source: ISC2 2018 Cybersecurity Workforce Study

Cybersecurity Program Information

Overview

SMU’s online cybersecurity courses are ideal for busy professionals who need the flexibility to work anytime from anywhere without losing the individual mentoring, networking, and teamwork of small class sizes and strong alumni ties.

The online master’s degree allows you to take time to review recorded material and learn the content of cutting-edge cybersecurity courses at your own pace before attending live, online class meetings where you discuss your ideas with peers and some of the best professors in the industry.

Your Master’s in Cybersecurity from SMU will involve you in meaningful projects with profound corporate and national security implications to prepare you to do the important, innovative work of the next generation of cybersecurity. Will you be a future leader in cybersecurity? 

Led by cybersecurity experts with a world of experience.

The SMU Master’s in Cybersecurity program is taught through the SMU Lyle School of Engineering, a prestigious educational and research center for engineering and technology. The program is housed in SMU’s Computer Science department, chaired by Dr. Frederick Chang, former Director of Research at the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and the Executive Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cybersecurity.

SMU’s Online Master’s in Cybersecurity program features:

  • 10 courses (30 credits)
  • Program can be completed in less than two years
  • Applications now being accepted
  • Program start for first cohort: January 2020
  • Three start dates per year: fall, spring and summer term starts available

Courses will be taught by some of the best minds in the field, covering a wide range of current security issues, including but not limited to:

  • Secure Encryption Systems
  • Malware Delivery
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Software Testing and Quality Assurance
  • Compliance
  • Risk analysis
  • Computer System Security
  • Data and Network Security

Earning a Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity will enhance students' professional success as they achieve an understanding of crucial issues including cyber risk mitigation, compliance and organization-wide strategy for cybersecurity.

Real-World Experience 

Professors in the program collaborate with government and industry to help solve some of the world’s most pressing cybersecurity threats and challenges, taking advantage of highly advanced technology and the innovation ecosystem fostered at SMU.

Professors are able to bring the latest research and best practices to students to effectively prepare them for a successful career in a fast-growing field.

When you graduate from SMU with your Master’s in Cybersecurity, not only will you leave equipped to make courageous changes in your workplace, but you will also become a member of our extensive alumni network.

Cybersecurity_Chang

Dr. Frederick R. Chang

Dr. Frederick R. Chang is the chair of the Computer Science Department in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He is also the Executive Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cybersecurity, the Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cybersecurity, and Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU. He is a Senior Fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in SMU’s Dedman College. Additionally, Chang’s career spans service in the private sector and in government, including as the former Director of Research at the National Security Agency.

Dr. Chang was elected as a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering in 2016.  He is currently a member of the Intelligence Community Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and he has served as a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies. He is the lead inventor on two U.S. patents and has twice served as a cybersecurity expert witness at hearings convened by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology.  Dr. Chang received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He has completed the Program for Senior Executives at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been awarded the National Security Agency Director’s Distinguished Service Medal.


Frank P Coyle

Dr. Frank P. Coyle

Dr. Frank Coyle has over 40 years of technical experience in computer science. He received his Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University, his M.S. from The Georgia Institute of Technology and his B.S. from Fordham University. His career has spanned both academia and the private sector in the areas of software engineering, programming languages and artificial intelligence.

Dr. Coyle's software development experience includes systems software development for Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and for the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He has also developed strategic planning software as a contractor for the U.S. Army in Reston, Virginia, and served as an expert witness for several software-related litigations.

At SMU, Dr. Coyle is a Senior Lecturer and serves as Program Director for the Computer Science Program. In 1995, he was involved in creating the M.S. Program in Software Engineering. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate classes in programming, software engineering, data structures, operating systems, mobile computing, and artificial intelligence and has been the recipient of several Outstanding Instructor Awards.

Dr. Coyle has published numerous articles and several books including "The Wireless Web: A Manager's Guide" and "XML, Web Services and the Data Revolution". He is a member of the IEEE and ACM.

In his spare time he plays acoustic and electric guitar and keyboards.


Aaron Estes

Dr. Aaron Estes

Dr. Aaron Estes is an expert in cybersecurity architecture, security risk assessment and application security. Dr. Estes has 17 years of experience in cybersecurity, software development and security engineering. He is the lead cyber architect for the LM Space Future Enterprise Program team and is the Military Space LoB cyber lead. Dr. Estes provides cybersecurity subject matter expertise for multiple Space programs including NextGen OPIR.

Dr. Estes has held key security engineering roles on several of Lockheed Martin’s flagship contracts including the F-35 Lightening II, F-22 Raptor, and Department of Homeland Security programs. Dr. Estes is a Lockheed Martin Technical Fellow alumnus—a title that he earned for his extensive contributions in application security. He has performed critical security analysis for top US financial, energy and telecommunications customers.

Dr. Estes earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, his Master of Science degree in Software Engineering and his Doctor of Engineering in Software Engineering. Dr. Estes has 10 years of teaching experience at Southern Methodist University at the undergraduate and graduate level. He teaches various courses in security engineering and has developed new curricula for the program in Advanced Software Security and System Security Engineering.


Mark Hoffman

Professor Mark D. Hoffman

Professor Mark D. Hoffman has a long history in information technology, information security and physical security. Professor Hoffman holds a Master of Science degree in Security Engineering from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University. His certifications include: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) certifications. Dr. Hoffman has also attended special training at the BlackHat security conference for Digital Forensics and Incident Response as well as Attacking SCADA and Industrial Control Systems.
 
In his professional career in computer security, Professor Hoffman has been an Incident Responder on the Computer Emergency Response team for a major defense contractor, has been part of and led Cyber Threat Intelligence teams and has been a Threat Hunter for a Fortune 50 company. Currently he is a Penetration Tester for a major consulting firm. 
 
Professor Hoffman has been teaching graduate and undergraduate classes in Security Engineering for the SMU Lyle School of Engineering since 2013. He has taught a variety of subjects including, Advanced Data and Network Security, System Security, Security Economics, Software Security and has assisted in teaching the Digital Forensics class. He has also taught classes at the University of North Texas.
 
While teaching at Southern Methodist University, Professor Hoffman has been involved in the SMU Security Cyber Club, (SC)2 and has acted as coach and faculty representative for the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and Department of Energy sponsored CyberForce competition teams. 

Sohail Rafiqi

Dr. Sohail Rafiqi

Dr. Sohail Rafiqi is a sales consultant at Oracle focusing on Database, Cloud and Big Data solutions. He is the creator of the MSDS Clouds computing course and an active adjunct faculty member since 2016.

He received a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from Southern Methodist University in 2015, where he was co-advised by Dr. Suku Nair, Dr. Eric Larson and Dr. Ephrem Fernandez (UTSA). He also holds a B.S. in computer science and mathematics as well as an M.S. in computer science and engineering from Southern Methodist University.

His doctoral research involved an interdisciplinary study of pervasive cognitive load measurement using pupillometry. He is currently developing a platform, under the supervision of Dr. Eric Larson, that can detect the cognitive load of a person using a mobile phone without the aid of any specialized hardware.

Before joining Oracle, Dr. Rafiqi was head of product development and support at Optimal Path Inc., a database-on-demand company delivering a full suite of communications management applications to enterprises. He has been involved in product management and development for the last 20 years. Before Optimal Path, he held senior management positions in AudioCodes, Westwave Communications and Alcatel. He has also co-founded two startups and participated in two successful M&As.

We’re using the latest education technology to make your online class every bit as personal and interactive as the classroom. You may not be driving to campus—but, fair warning, your teachers will still be calling your name. The benefits of this online program include:

Live, Online Cybersecurity Classes

Classmates and instructors come face-to-face to engage in weekly live classes on the online platform. Classes are kept small and are taught in a dynamic seminar style that facilitates close collaboration.

live, online cybersecurity classes

Self-Paced Coursework

Coursework can be completed anywhere at any time. This includes recorded video lectures, quizzes, case studies and video lectures by guest speakers that students can access during their busy schedules.

Online networking and collaborating

24/7 Accessible Mobile App

Online resources can be accessed from anywhere with a phone or tablet. Students stay organized with note taking and scheduling features, and can use the app’s offline mode to view lectures and assignments without an internet connection. 

Online Networking and Collaboration

The Cybersecurity@SMU community stays connected through the online platform. Students collaborate with classmates on group projects, talk one-on-one with professors and network with other professionals in the cybersecurity field.

The SMU Master of Science in Cybersecurity program comprises a rigorous, comprehensive, curriculum specifically designed to prepare graduates for successful careers in this expanding field with topics such as:

  • Computer System Security 
  • Data and Network Security 
  • Software Security 
  • Software Testing and Quality Assurance 
  • Introduction to Data Mining and Related Topics 
  • Hardware Security and Trojan Detection 
  • Digital Forensics 
  • Security Economics 
  • Computer Architecture 
  • Operating Systems and System Software

Admission Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in statistics, applied mathematics, computer science, engineering or other quantitative discipline
  2. Experience with a programming language (R, JAVA, C++, Python, etc.)
  3. At least two courses completed in calculus (i.e., Calculus I & II)

Exceptions:

  • The GRE may be waived under certain circumstances
  • Work experience in technical fields may be substituted for some pre-requisites for admission, pending faculty approval 

Tuition: January 2020 Inaugural Class

Apply before Sept 13, 2019 to secure the priority pricing outlined below:
Cost
Per Term
Load Courses/
Term
# Hrs/Week
Live Online
Classes
# Hrs/Week
Online Video
& Homework
Time to
Finish Degree
$9,824 Recommended 2 3 10 - 12 Less than 2 Years
$4,912 Light 1 1.5 5 - 6 Depending on # of
courses/term
$4,912 Summer 1 1.5 5 - 6

  • Special financial awards will be given to students enrolling in our inaugural program year
  • Scholarships of up to 30% are available to qualifying students
  • Special corporate rates are available for companies  enrolling more than one person in the program
  • Payment Plan Options available

If you plan to apply for financial aid to help fund your studies at SMU, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)The SMU school code is 003613. Be sure to sign your FAFSA application electronically upon submission.

 

Application Instructions

Please use this checklist as your guide for ensuring all your application materials are complete.

  1. Complete the graduate application
    Fill out all required fields and submit the online application.

  2. Pay the $75 application fee ($10 fee for Priority 1 and $45 for Priority 2 Date Submission)
    After submitting your application, you will be able to pay this fee from your online application page. Your application will not be processed until the fee is paid. 

  3. Order transcripts (upload unofficial transcripts to application)
    Request from the Registrar of each college or university attended that an official transcript of your work be sent directly to the address below or if you are submitting official digital transcripts please email them to online@smu.edu

    Graduate Application Processing
    PO Box 750275
    Dallas, TX 75275-0275

  4. GRE test scores (provide on application, these will be verified - use SMU-Global and Online code 4459)
    *GRE test scores may be waived if applicant has at least one year of industry experience in a related field for the SMU Cybersecurity Master’s Program. Must submit updated résumé.

  5. Letters of Recommendation
    For master's degree applicants, the recommendation letters are optional and not required. If you wish to have them considered, please have the person writing your letter of recommendation email it to online@smu.edu.
    Letters of recommendation should be written by current or past professors or employment supervisors.

  6. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted (provide on application, will be verified)

    If English is not your native language:
    • For the TOEFL, we require a minimum overall score of 80 out of 120
    • For the IELTS, we require a minimum overall score of 6.5
    • TOEFL or IELTS tests are waived if you received a degree from an American university

  7. Professional Résumé (upload to application)

  8. Statement of Purpose (upload  to application)

Start Your Online Application


Overview

SMU’s online cybersecurity courses are ideal for busy professionals who need the flexibility to work anytime from anywhere without losing the individual mentoring, networking, and teamwork of small class sizes and strong alumni ties.

The online master’s degree allows you to take time to review recorded material and learn the content of cutting-edge cybersecurity courses at your own pace before attending live, online class meetings where you discuss your ideas with peers and some of the best professors in the industry.

Your Master’s in Cybersecurity from SMU will involve you in meaningful projects with profound corporate and national security implications to prepare you to do the important, innovative work of the next generation of cybersecurity. Will you be a future leader in cybersecurity? 

Led by cybersecurity experts with a world of experience.

The SMU Master’s in Cybersecurity program is taught through the SMU Lyle School of Engineering, a prestigious educational and research center for engineering and technology. The program is housed in SMU’s Computer Science department, chaired by Dr. Frederick Chang, former Director of Research at the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and the Executive Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cybersecurity.

SMU’s Online Master’s in Cybersecurity program features:

  • 10 courses (30 credits)
  • Program can be completed in less than two years
  • Applications now being accepted
  • Program start for first cohort: January 2020
  • Three start dates per year: fall, spring and summer term starts available

Courses will be taught by some of the best minds in the field, covering a wide range of current security issues, including but not limited to:

  • Secure Encryption Systems
  • Malware Delivery
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Software Testing and Quality Assurance
  • Compliance
  • Risk analysis
  • Computer System Security
  • Data and Network Security

Earning a Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity will enhance students' professional success as they achieve an understanding of crucial issues including cyber risk mitigation, compliance and organization-wide strategy for cybersecurity.

Real-World Experience 

Professors in the program collaborate with government and industry to help solve some of the world’s most pressing cybersecurity threats and challenges, taking advantage of highly advanced technology and the innovation ecosystem fostered at SMU.

Professors are able to bring the latest research and best practices to students to effectively prepare them for a successful career in a fast-growing field.

When you graduate from SMU with your Master’s in Cybersecurity, not only will you leave equipped to make courageous changes in your workplace, but you will also become a member of our extensive alumni network.

Cybersecurity_Chang

Dr. Frederick R. Chang

Dr. Frederick R. Chang is the chair of the Computer Science Department in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He is also the Executive Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cybersecurity, the Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cybersecurity, and Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU. He is a Senior Fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in SMU’s Dedman College. Additionally, Chang’s career spans service in the private sector and in government, including as the former Director of Research at the United States National Security Agency (NSA).

Dr. Chang was elected as a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering in 2016.  He is currently a member of the Intelligence Community Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and he has served as a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies. He is the lead inventor on two U.S. patents and has twice served as a cybersecurity expert witness at hearings convened by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology.  Dr. Chang received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.  He has completed the Program for Senior Executives at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He has been awarded the National Security Agency Director’s Distinguished Service Medal.


Frank P Coyle

Dr. Frank P. Coyle

Dr. Frank Coyle has over 40 years of technical experience in computer science. He received his Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University, his M.S. from The Georgia Institute of Technology and his B.S. from Fordham University. His career has spanned both academia and the private sector in the areas of software engineering, programming languages and artificial intelligence.

Dr. Coyle's software development experience includes systems software development for Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and for the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He has also developed strategic planning software as a contractor for the U.S. Army in Reston, Virginia, and served as an expert witness for several software-related litigations.

At SMU, Dr. Coyle is a Senior Lecturer and serves as Program Director for the Computer Science Program. In 1995, he was involved in creating the M.S. Program in Software Engineering. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate classes in programming, software engineering, data structures, operating systems, mobile computing, and artificial intelligence and has been the recipient of several Outstanding Instructor Awards.

Dr. Coyle has published numerous articles and several books including "The Wireless Web: A Manager's Guide" and "XML, Web Services and the Data Revolution". He is a member of the IEEE and ACM.

In his spare time he plays acoustic and electric guitar and keyboards.


Aaron Estes

Dr. Aaron Estes

Dr. Aaron Estes is an expert in cybersecurity architecture, security risk assessment and application security. Dr. Estes has 17 years of experience in cybersecurity, software development and security engineering. He is the lead cyber architect for the LM Space Future Enterprise Program team and is the Military Space LoB cyber lead. Dr. Estes provides cybersecurity subject matter expertise for multiple Space programs including NextGen OPIR.

Dr. Estes has held key security engineering roles on several of Lockheed Martin’s flagship contracts including the F-35 Lightening II, F-22 Raptor, and Department of Homeland Security programs. Dr. Estes is a Lockheed Martin Technical Fellow alumnus—a title that he earned for his extensive contributions in application security. He has performed critical security analysis for top US financial, energy and telecommunications customers.

Dr. Estes earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, his Master of Science degree in Software Engineering and his Doctor of Engineering in Software Engineering. Dr. Estes has 10 years of teaching experience at Southern Methodist University at the undergraduate and graduate level. He teaches various courses in security engineering and has developed new curricula for the program in Advanced Software Security and System Security Engineering.


Mark Hoffman

Professor Mark D. Hoffman

Professor Mark D. Hoffman has a long history in information technology, information security and physical security. Professor Hoffman holds a Master of Science degree in Security Engineering from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University. His certifications include: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) certifications. Dr. Hoffman has also attended special training at the BlackHat security conference for Digital Forensics and Incident Response as well as Attacking SCADA and Industrial Control Systems.
 
In his professional career in computer security, Professor Hoffman has been an Incident Responder on the Computer Emergency Response team for a major defense contractor, has been part of and led Cyber Threat Intelligence teams and has been a Threat Hunter for a Fortune 50 company. Currently he is a Penetration Tester for a major consulting firm. 
 
Professor Hoffman has been teaching graduate and undergraduate classes in Security Engineering for the SMU Lyle School of Engineering since 2013. He has taught a variety of subjects including, Advanced Data and Network Security, System Security, Security Economics, Software Security and has assisted in teaching the Digital Forensics class. He has also taught classes at the University of North Texas.
 
While teaching at Southern Methodist University, Professor Hoffman has been involved in the SMU Security Cyber Club, (SC)2 and has acted as coach and faculty representative for the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and Department of Energy sponsored CyberForce competition teams. 

Sohail Rafiqi

Dr. Sohail Rafiqi

Dr. Sohail Rafiqi is a sales consultant at Oracle focusing on Database, Cloud and Big Data solutions. He is the creator of the MSDS Clouds computing course and an active adjunct faculty member since 2016.

He received a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from Southern Methodist University in 2015, where he was co-advised by Dr. Suku Nair, Dr. Eric Larson and Dr. Ephrem Fernandez (UTSA). He also holds a B.S. in computer science and mathematics as well as an M.S. in computer science and engineering from Southern Methodist University.

His doctoral research involved an interdisciplinary study of pervasive cognitive load measurement using pupillometry. He is currently developing a platform, under the supervision of Dr. Eric Larson, that can detect the cognitive load of a person using a mobile phone without the aid of any specialized hardware.

Before joining Oracle, Dr. Rafiqi was head of product development and support at Optimal Path Inc., a database-on-demand company delivering a full suite of communications management applications to enterprises. He has been involved in product management and development for the last 20 years. Before Optimal Path, he held senior management positions in AudioCodes, Westwave Communications and Alcatel. He has also co-founded two startups and participated in two successful M&As.

We’re using the latest education technology to make your online class every bit as personal and interactive as the classroom. You may not be driving to campus—but, fair warning, your teachers will still be calling your name. The benefits of this online program include:

Live, Online Cybersecurity Classes

Classmates and instructors come face-to-face to engage in weekly live classes on the online platform. Classes are kept small and are taught in a dynamic seminar style that facilitates close collaboration.

live, online cybersecurity classes

Self-Paced Coursework

Coursework can be completed anywhere at any time. This includes recorded video lectures, quizzes, case studies and video lectures by guest speakers that students can access during their busy schedules.

Online networking and collaborating

24/7 Accessible Mobile App

Online resources can be accessed from anywhere with a phone or tablet. Students stay organized with note taking and scheduling features, and can use the app’s offline mode to view lectures and assignments without an internet connection. 

Online Networking and Collaboration

The Cybersecurity@SMU community stays connected through the online platform. Students collaborate with classmates on group projects, talk one-on-one with professors and network with other professionals in the cybersecurity field.

The SMU Master of Science in Cybersecurity program comprises a rigorous, comprehensive, curriculum specifically designed to prepare graduates for successful careers in this expanding field with topics such as:

  • Computer System Security 
  • Data and Network Security 
  • Software Security 
  • Software Testing and Quality Assurance 
  • Introduction to Data Mining and Related Topics 
  • Hardware Security and Trojan Detection 
  • Digital Forensics 
  • Security Economics 
  • Computer Architecture 
  • Operating Systems and System Software

Admission Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in statistics, applied mathematics, computer science, engineering or other quantitative discipline
  2. Experience with a programming language (R, JAVA, C++, Python, etc.)
  3. At least two courses completed in calculus (i.e., Calculus I & II)

Exceptions:

  • The GRE may be waived under certain circumstances
  • Work experience in technical fields may be substituted for some pre-requisites for admission, pending faculty approval 

Tuition: January 2020 Inaugural Class

Apply before Sept 13, 2019 to secure the priority pricing outlined below:
Cost
Per
Term
Load Courses/
Term
# Hrs/Week
Live Online
Classes
# Hrs/Week
Online Video
& Homework
Time to
Finish Degree
$9,824 Recommended 2 3 10 - 12 Less than 2 Years
$4,912 Light 1 1.5 5 - 6 Depending on # of
courses/term
$4,912 Summer 1 1.5 5 - 6

  • Special financial awards will be given to students enrolling in our inaugural program year
  • Scholarships of up to 30% are available to qualifying students
  • Special corporate rates are available for companies  enrolling more than one person in the program
  • Payment Plan Options available

If you plan to apply for financial aid to help fund your studies at SMU, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)The SMU school code is 003613. Be sure to sign your FAFSA application electronically upon submission.

 

Get Started

Complete the form below to get in touch with a Program Advisor.

Questions?

Talk to a Program Advisor.

Melvin Alvarenga

Phone: 214-768-1186
Email: Online@SMU.edu

Application Instructions

Please use this checklist as your guide for ensuring all your application materials are complete.

  1. Complete the graduate application
    Fill out all required fields and submit the online application.

  2. Pay the $75 application fee ($10 fee for Priority 1 and $45 for Priority 2 Date Submission)
    After submitting your application, you will be able to pay this fee from your online application page. Your application will not  be processed until the fee is paid.      
  3. Order transcripts (upload unofficial transcripts to application)
    Request from the Registrar of each college or university attended that an official transcript of your work be sent directly to the address below or if you are submitting official digital transcripts please email them to online@smu.edu

    Graduate Application Processing
    PO Box 750275
    Dallas, TX 75275-0275

  4. GRE test scores (provide on application, these will be verified - use SMU-Global and Online code 4459)
    *GRE test scores may be waived if applicant has at least one year of industry experience in a related field for the SMU Cybersecurity Master’s Program. Must submit updated résumé.

  5. Letters of Recommendation
    For master's degree applicants, the recommendation letters are optional and not required. If you wish to have them considered, please have the person writing your letter of recommendation email it to online@smu.edu.
    Letters of recommendation should be written by current or past professors or employment supervisors.

  6. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted(provide on application, will be verified)

    If English is not your native language:

    • For the TOEFL, we require a minimum overall score of 80 out of 120
    • For the IELTS, we require a minimum overall score of 6.5
    • TOEFL or IELTS tests are waived if you received a degree from an American university

  7. Professional Résumé (upload to application)

  8. Statement of Purpose (upload  to application)

Start Your Online Application

 

Key Dates and Deadlines

Calender with check mark

June 17, 2019

Priority 1 Application Deadline

Application Fee: $45 $10
Calender with check mark

September 13, 2019

Priority 2 Application Deadline

Application Fee: $75 $45
Calender with check mark

November 8, 2019

Final Application Deadline

Application Fee: $75

Cybersecurity at SMU

Two cyber security professionals working collaboratively in front of a computer

“Today's students will be responsible for tomorrow's cyber infrastructure. We need a large and capable pool of men and women to staff these positions for the future. Terrific university students around the country are graduating every year to pursue careers in cybersecurity. But their numbers barely make a dent in closing the cyber-skills gap. It feels like we are trying to fill a swimming pool with an eye dropper.”

Dr. Frederick R. Chang
Executive Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cybersecurity
The Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cybersecurity
SMU Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering

Dr. Frank P. Coyle, Senior Lecturer and Cybersecurity Program Director - SMU Lyle School of Engineering

“Companies today face a wide array of cybersecurity challenges ranging from protecting valuable infrastructure and data to guarding end-user privacy. The SMU Master's in Cybersecurity program will prepare individuals to help companies meet these challenges through a program of study geared to those just entering the security arena as well as security professionals looking to update their cybersecurity skill-set. ”

Dr. Frank P. Coyle
SMU Senior Lecturer and Program Director 

Harold Collum, SMU Cybersecurity Advisory Member

Cybersecurity is the most dynamic field of study that traverses multiple disciplines. The Dallas region is also the most dynamic growth area in the United States. As the #1 technology marker, it is the natural place to be the leader in cybersecurity education.”

Harold Collum
SMU Cybersecurity Program Advisory Member 
Co-founder & Executive Director, Cyber Future Foundation

Daren Dunkel, SMU Cybersecurity Advisory Member

Cybersecurity is a mission-critical industry that our country has to get right. It’s constantly changing. Having SMU as a partner in this cutting-edge field is exciting and makes a lot of sense for Dallas.”

Daren Dunkel
SMU Cybersecurity Advisory Member  
Chief of Staff for CTO, McAfee

Paul Horn, SMU Cybersecurity Advisory Member

I am extremely honored and humbled to help drive the next generation of cybersecurity practitioners.  In today’s age, the cyber domain is a critical component to the success of any organization and will only become more important over time.”

Paul Horn
SMU Cybersecurity Advisory Member  
Chief Information Security Officer, HD Vest Financial Services

Lynne Howison, SMU Cybersecurity Advisory Member

Cyber and Data security continue to rank as some of the highest concerns among companies. SMU is not only keeping up with these concerns but also has leaders who are at the forefront of cyber thought leadership.”

Lynne Howison
SMU Cybersecurity Advisory Member  
CPA, Senior Director of Internal Audit, Brinks Home Security

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