Admission Requirements

Entrance requirements

  1. Admission to the MS, Cybersecurity program is competitive.  Applications are reviewed and decisions are made on a rolling basis when application packets are complete.  Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as seats often fill quickly.
  2. The Program Coordinator looks at a variety of criteria that measure a candidate's potential for being a successful student.  The following characteristics are considered in making admission decisions:
    • Admissibility to the Graduate College. 
    • Professional work experience.
    • Past academic performance as evidenced by official transcripts.
    • Official GMAT or GRE scores. The GMAT may be waived for candidates who satisfy ALL of the following requirements:
      1. Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above.
      2. Prior admission to or graduation from a Missouri COB business unit major in the past five years OR graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an AACSB-accredited college or university.
      3. Completion of a minimum of 80 hours at the time of application.
      4. English proficiency requirements met.
    • To be considered for admission, students are required to submit the following.  Additional documents may be required for international students:
      • Official transcript.
      • Offical GMAT or GRE scores
      • Resume
    • Students who do not meet the admission requirements, but who show indication of high promise, will be considered for probationary admission.
    • All other University and Graduate College requirements for admission to a degree program will also apply. Qualified applicants may enter the program at the beginning of any semester. For information on GMAT or GRE, please contact Graduate Admissions (417-836-5331) or the Missouri State University Counseling and Testing Center (417-836-5116).

Accelerated Master's Degree option

Undergraduate majors in the College of Business may apply for admission to the Master of Cybersecurity program during the second semester of their junior year. If accepted, up to 6 hours of 600- or 700-level COB classes taken in the senior year may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. For example, upon admission into the Accelerated Master’s program a student could take CIS 683 and have that course count for credit for CIS 583; CIS 660 could be taken for credit as CIS 560 and/or CIS 664 could be counted as credit for CIS 564. But, again, only 6 hours (2 of these previously listed courses) can be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Before enrolling in a course that will apply to both the undergraduate program and the master’s program, an undergraduate student must:

  • Be accepted into the accelerated program.
  • Receive prior approval from the graduate advisor, department head of the undergraduate program, and the Dean of the Graduate College. This is done by using a mixed credit form. 

Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s). See the Graduate College for further information.

Admission requirements

  • Completion of 80 or more hours at time of application
  • An overall GPA of 3.00 or better
  • A competitive score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or meet the requirements for a GMAT waiver (see Admissions Requirements for MS in Cybersecurity Program).