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CS 7339 Computer System Security

Investigate current issues in computer security and learn how cutting-edge technology is being used to prevent cyber threats.

CS 7349 Data and Network Security

Explore private and public key encryption, IP security, web security, and more to better understand modern data and network security.

CS 7359 Software Security

Dive deep into foundational security goals and principles that must be built into software systems. Apply these concepts to real-world systems.

Dr. Frank Coyle
  1. A bachelor’s degree in one of the quantitative sciences, mathematics or computer science or in one of the engineering disciplines.
  2. A minimum of one year of college-level calculus.
  3. A minimum of two years of industry experience or submission of official GRE general graduate school admission test scores.

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 application fee (Application fee waived for 2020)
    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

    ATTN: Allison Sibbitt
    SMU GO 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 two years 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
    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. Personal Statement (upload  to application)

$1,704 per hour. 30 hours of core and approved elective courses are needed for completion of the program. This price is good for Summer 2020 – Summer 2021.

  • Special pricing available for current and former members of the military as well as individuals with access to VA Educational Benefits 
  • Special corporate rates are available for companies enrolling multiple students in the program
  • Payment Plan Options available

If you plan to apply for VA benefits, learn more here.

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.