Common Searches

M.S. in Cybersecurity with Information Systems and Technology Emphasis

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary program jointly provided by the departments of Information Systems and Technology (College of Business Administration) and Computer Science (College of Arts and Sciences).

The Information Systems and Technology emphasis is geared toward management of cybersecurity. This emphasis is designed for professionals from a diverse set of undergraduate backgrounds who wish to transition into management of information security or general IT management related work roles. Entry requirements include basic technical foundations and/or work experience related to Information Technology (IT).

The MS Cybersecurity with Information Systems and Technology Emphasis is a validated Program of Study under the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) in Cyber Defense (CD) designation

Quick Facts

  1. Program Length: 30 Credit Hours (10 courses); 1 to 1.5 years full-time; or 3 years part-time
  2. STEM Designation: Yes. [CIP Code 11.1003 (Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance)]
  3. NCAE-CD Validation: Yes
  4. Admission Requirements:
    • UMSL Graduate School admissions requirements
    • Information Systems and Technology Emphasis area specific requirements (see details below)

Information Systems and Technology Emphasis Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements apply for the Information Systems and Technology Emphasis.

  1. Undergraduate Degree and GPA: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in any major with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Students whose GPA is between 2.75 and 2.9 may be admitted under a restricted status within the terms specified by the Graduate School.
  2. Competence: Prior to entry, students must demonstrate competence in the following areas (through prior course work or professional experience) or take coursework at UMSL to fulfill the entry requirements.
    1. Business Statistics (similar to undergraduate course SCMA 3300). Students without a background in statistics could take SCMA 5300 as a graduate student to fulfill this requirement.
    2. At least one semester of computer programming coursework or application development work experience (similar to undergraduate courses INFSYS 3806 or INFSYS 3844). Students without programming background can take either INFSYS 6805 or INFSYS 6806 as a graduate student to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Entrance examinations:
    1. GMAT/GRE: Not Required.
      • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are not required for admission. However, they may be used by students to strengthen their application when their overall GPA is below 3.0.
    2. English Proficiency: Non-native speakers of English must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score. The minimum TOEFL score for graduate admission is 79 iBT. The minimum IELTS score is 6.0.


Application Materials/Process

  1. Complete Graduate School Application: https://mba.umsl.edu/prospective/index.html
  2. Recommendation Letters (Optional): You may include your recommender's name and email address in your online application. Recommendation letters are not required, but can strengthen an application, particularly for applicants with a GPA below 3.0
  3. Submit official transcripts from all universities attended
    • Successful applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree before beginning the master’s program.


Application Deadlines

Applications may be submitted anytime and are processed as they are received. However, applications that are not received by the dates below may delay admission until the following semester.

For domestic applicants:

Fall Semester: July 1 | Spring Semester: December 1 | Summer Semester: May 1

For international applicants:

Fall Semester: May 1 | Spring Semester: October 1


Application Fee

$50 for domestic applicants; $40 for international applicants



Office of Graduate Business Programs

Ms. Francesca Ferrari, Director of Graduate Studies
104 Anheuser-Busch Hall
Phone: (314) 516-5885
Email: mba@umsl.edu


Information Systems and Technology Emphasis Degree Requirements

Students must meet all University of Missouri–St. Louis Graduate School degree requirements.

See Bulletin for current:

MS Cybersecurity with IST Emphasis Requirements