MS in Cyber Security: Admission Requirements | CSUDH | Carson, CA

Admission Requirements

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The following general requirements must be met to be admitted to the program:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Good standing at the last institution
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on the last degree completed or at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted.
  • International Students must provide an evidence of one of the following:
    • A minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT)
    • A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL exam
    • A score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS, or
    • A score of 53 or higher on the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

Depending on the type of the undergraduate degree held, the applicants may be admitted with either a classified or conditional admission status.

Classified Admission

In order to be admitted with a classified status, the applicant must meet all general admission requirements and hold a bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology (CT), Information Technology (IT), Computer Science (CS) or a related subject.

Conditional Admission

The applicants holding bachelor’s degrees in the fields not related to Computer Science, may be considered for a conditional admission. Conditionally admitted students may have to fulfill additional requirements before they attain a classified status. These additional requirements, which will be determined by evaluating applicant’s transcripts and work-related experience, include an evidence of mastery of the key concepts in the following topic areas:

Cyber Security IT Fundamentals Certificate of Completion

Module / Course / SectionDescriptionDuration

Information Technology Fundamentals

CTC 435

Basics of text editors, spreadsheets, internet, security

  • Programming Basics
  • Data Analysis, Probability and Statistics Basics
  • Batch Scripts Basics
  • Database Basics
  • Operating System Basics
  • Network and Network Security Basics

4 weeks

Networking & Hardware

CTC 436

Advanced topics on computer networks and hardware troubleshooting

  • Network Architecture and Infrastructure
  • Network Services and Protocols
  • Network Address Translation and Sub-netting, Network Analysis/Troubleshooting
  • Command Line Tools
  • Different hardware components of a computer system and respective functions
  • Operating system tools to manage disks, partitions and file systems
  • Network Data Transmission
  • Basic Computer Troubleshooting

4 weeks

Information Security Fundamentals

CTC 437

Computer security best practices, threat detection & avoidance, compliance

  • Information Assurance Fundamentals
  • Information Technology System Components
  • Introduction to Cryptography
  • Network Defense
  • Cyber Threats and Defense
  • Fundamental Security Design Principles

4 weeks


Leveling Course Information

These requirements may be met by successful completion of the necessary leveling courses identified by the Program Coordinator or passing of a placement exam. To view detailed course descriptions for the leveling courses above, please view the Cyber Security Certificate of Completion. Students may also take courses at a community college to fufill these requirements. Before enrolling in these courses, please send their CV/Resume to Program Coordinator Mohsen Beheshti ( for approval.

Admission Procedures

The following materials are required for admission review by the submission deadline: Please note that the cut-off dates for Admission to the Fall Term is July 15, with the complete package of materials (application, transcripts and other required documents) due by August 1. For the Spring Term, the deadline for completed applications is November 15, and the deadline for materials is December 1. If you do not meet these deadlines, you will need to re-apply with a new application for the next term.

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  • Contact your previous college(s) to request official transcripts.
    Applicants must provide an official transcript from each postsecondary institution attended (post-baccalaureate course work included) be sent to the Admissions Office at If the institution providing the transcript can only mail the transcript, mail it to:

    Admissions Office
    California State University, Dominguez Hills
    1000 E. Victoria Street
    Carson, CA 90747

  • Send two letters of support and a Statement of Purpose (why you want to be in the program) for your application to Mohsen Beheshti at

Special Instructions Regarding Transcripts

  • If you are applying and have used other names on your transcripts be sure to include a list with your current name (as on the application) and include all names on your transcripts so that we can group the transcripts when presenting them to the Admissions and Records office with the prospective student’s application ID number.

  • Transcripts that have been faxed, accidentally opened, or are unofficial/student copies are NOT acceptable. Compilation-style transcripts (such as those from University of New York Regents, Thomas Edison State College, or similar programs) are not sufficient for evaluation because these schools tend to delete pertinent academic information from the student's records. Therefore, individual transcripts from ALL schools are required.

International Students

In addition to the requirements listed above, international Students must provide an evidence of one of the following:

  • A minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT)
  • A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL exam
  • A score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS, or
  • A score of 53 or higher on the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

To submit TOEFL and IELTS scores, indicate the CSUDH institution code for ETS of 4098 to your testing service.

Financial Aid

Scholarships may be available through the ISSA Education Foundation

Information about federally-backed loans are also available at:

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