Construct, manage and protect crucial computing systems

Learn to build secure systems, protect critical infrastructures, analyze and detect malware, and more with our M.S. in Cybersecurity.

10 Courses

With Industry-Leading Faculty

July 15

Application Deadline for Fall


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30 Credit Hours

To Complete Your Master's


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About the Program

Hands of an MBA student working on laptop computer with SMU Cox folder in the foregroundCybersecurity professionals remain in high demand across industries, called upon to anticipate, prevent and respond to cyber attacks, from assuring systems through the application of logic to analyzing and detecting malware. With our M.S. in Cybersecurity, learn to design and develop computer systems that are inherently secure, to protect crucial infrastructures, and to identify suspicious cyber behavior using data mining and anomaly detection. To learn more, contact Program Director Kasilingam Periyasamy.

The SMU Lyle Difference

  • Niche

    From ethical hackers to security risk managers, cyber security professionals have growing options for critical niche roles

  • Hands-on

    Participate in real-world research at our Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security.

  • Soft Skills

    Students gain a competitive edge by supplementing their technical education with leadership certification and soft skills training.

Student Experience


Industry-Leading Faculty


Students experience a curriculum designed by experienced faculty and highly experienced practitioners, and sync sessions for online students offer the chance to gain valuable face time with professors.


24/7 Resource Access


Students can access online resources - such as notes, course schedules, and even lectures, from anywhere.

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Diverse Coursework


Our coursework includes engaging lectures, quizzes, case studies, and more – accessible anytime, anywhere.



Flexible Learning


Tailor your experience with our LyleAnywhere™ flexible learning platform, providing a mixture of in-person or synchronous online classes. 

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Jobs I Can Land


Potential roles include:

  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • Cyber Security Operations Analyst
  • Cyber Security Risk Analyst
  • Cyber Security Architect
  • Cyber Security Tools Manager



Cybersecurity Research


Gain unique research experience at our Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, which exists to advance the science, policy, and application of cyber security through basic problem-driven, interdisciplinary research.

Admissions Requirements


Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree from an institution of standard collegiate rank, recognized by the accrediting agencies in whose jurisdiction the college is located, may apply for admission to the M.A. in Cybersecurity. In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements for an M.S. degree, applicants are required to provide a bachelor’s degree in one of the quantitative sciences, mathematics, or computer science or in one of the engineering disciplines, a minimum of one year of college-level calculus and a minimum of two years of industry experience or submission of official GRE general graduate school admission test scores.


Graduates of colleges not fully recognized will be treated as special cases and required to produce evidence attesting to the quality of their programs. Any student whose bachelor’s degree is not equivalent to the comparable baccalaureate degree from SMU may be required to take sufficient additional work to make up the deficiency. All applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.000 (on a 4.000 scale).

Tuition and Fees

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Application Deadlines

The next start date is August 2024. The deadline for applications is July 15.

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