Master of Science in Cyber Security Admission Requirements
- Apply online or call an admissions counselor at (800) 424-9596.
- A non-refundable, non-transferable $50 application fee will be posted on the current application upon enrollment (waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required).
- Fax/scan unofficial college transcripts. Please Note – Unofficial transcripts can be used for acceptance purposes with the submission of a transcript request form.
- Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copies or via a direct electronic transcript system). Admission requires regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree in a computer science-related field (see list below) with at least a 3.0 for admission in good standing. Students with a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered for admission on caution. Applicants who have earned a master’s degree or at least 12 graduate credits from an accredited institution will be assessed on the basis of the masters-level degree work. Transcripts must show a bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas:
- Information Systems
- Information Systems Management
- Information Technology
- Management Information Systems
- Computer Science
- Computer Programming
- If the student does not have the appropriate bachelor’s degree, then the transcript will require at least 3 credit hours and a minimum grade of “C” in each of the following course subjects (examples of Liberty equivalents are in the parentheses below):
- Computer Programming (CSIS 209; other languages may be accepted)
- Algebra (Math 121 or higher)
- Statistics (Math 201)
- Networks (CSIS 331)
If students do not have these credits on their conferred bachelor’s transcripts, they may fulfill the courses through Liberty (offerings may be limited) or at another institution. Once completed, the student will need to submit transcripts showing the completed coursework. If these requirements are not met, then students will need to submit a résumé which shows at least six years of IT experience, along with certificates in the subject area, showing significant competency and knowledge of the subject.
- Applicants whose native language is other than English must submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an approved alternative assessment. For information on alternative assessments or TOEFL waivers, please call Admissions or view the official International Admissions policy.
If you are sending in a preliminary transcript for acceptance, you must:
- Be in your final term and planning to start your master’s degree after the last day of class for your bachelor’s degree.
- Submit an official/unofficial transcript to confirm that you are in your final term. The preliminary transcripts must show a minimum of 105 completed credit hours.
- If you are a current Liberty University student completing your undergraduate degree, you will need to submit a Degree/Certificate Completion Application.
- Send in an additional, final official transcript with a conferral date on it by the end of your first semester of enrollment.
Please see the Online Dual Enrollment page for information about starting graduate courses while finishing your bachelor’s degree.
Unofficial College Transcript Policy
An unofficial copy of the college transcript can either be faxed from the institution, printed from the school’s official site or an opened copy that you may have in your possession.
Before sending unofficial college transcripts, please make sure they include the following:
- Your previous school’s name or logo printed on the document
- Cumulative GPA
- A list of completed courses and earned credit broken down by semester
- Degree and date conferred (if applicable)
Official College Transcript Policy
An acceptable official college transcript must be issued directly from the institution in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back. If you have one in your possession, it must meet the same requirements.
Official college transcripts are not required initially for acceptance if unofficial transcripts are provided; however, if the student uses unofficial transcripts to earn acceptance, all official transcripts must be received within 60 days of the admissions decision. Failure to send all official transcripts within the 60-day time frame will prevent registration.
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