MS Network and Computer Security - Admissions Guidelines

Fall start only.  Spring admission is available for part-time candidates only.

Admission Guidelines

To be considered for admission, all applicants to the MS Network and Computer Security program must possess a baccalaureate degree with a major in cybersecurity, network and computer security or a related field from an accredited university or college. In addition, coursework in each of the following areas is required:

  • computing fundamentals
  • UNIX/linux programming
  • computer organization
  • networking of information systems
  • discrete math
  • calculus
  • statistics. 

Applicants must generally have an average of B or better (a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale). Applicants not meeting the above admission criteria will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with deficiencies in any area may be required to take appropriate pre-requisite coursework beyond the 33 graduate credit hours required for the MS program. Required pre-requisite coursework can be determined before the time of admission. Pre-requisite coursework is required to be completed before starting the graduate program.

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Application Materials Checklist To apply submit the following materials to the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Graduate Admissions Office, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502:

*The application fee is waived for military veterans, active-duty military, reserve and guard members, and their spouses and dependents; SUNY Poly alumni; and current matriculated students.

** All domestic applicants with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or greater will have the GRE requirement automatically waived once the official transcripts are received.

The GRE is required for International Applicants.


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