Admission Requirements: Data-Driven Cybersecurity Certificate

April 24, 2023
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May 08, 2023

stack of documents icon Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency ***
  • At least a B average (3.0/4.0 scale) in undergraduate course work; if the cumulative GPA is below 3.0, a minimum GRE score of 300 is required
    • 3.0+ Analytical; Verbal and Quantitative scores must be 150+ each
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • One academic or professional letter of reference
    • Reference should be from a credible source who speaks to relevant IT experience and/or work ethic
  • A personal statement that should describe interest in the program and future professional goals in a way that demonstrates a strong record of accomplishments and aptitude for graduate studies.
    • If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, the personal statement must also address the low GPA and describe a plan to succeed in a program where a 3.0 GPA or above is required.
    • If your background is not in IT, please be sure to address the following questions in your personal statement:
      How has your past experience prepared you to be successful in this program? For example, what types of courses (university or online), industry experience or certificates have you completed to build skills in this area?

***If an applicant’s prior degree is not in computing disciplines as in technology, engineering, and sciences, the applicant is required to demonstrate IT skills through work experience and relevant IT certificates. Since cybersecurity is a relatively new discipline, a holistic review will be conducted to determine if a student is prepared to be successful in completing the certificate. Applicants who do not have a computing background or relevant prior experience are advised to first complete the General IT Graduate Certificate which includes 4 prerequisite courses in information security, database management, system administration, and programming.

Bachelor Degree

A bachelor degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency.


GPA Requirement

At least a B average (3.0/4.0 system) in undergraduate course work. If your background is not from IT or if your GPA is below a 3.0, how has your past experience prepared you be successful in an MSIT? For example, what types of courses (university or online), industry experience, certificates have you completed to build skills in this area. Or what is it about your personal disposition or work ethic that would help you be successful in this program?


Official Transcripts

Transcripts of all college or university grades. Note: For the application, you may upload unofficial transcripts. When admitted, you will need to submit your official transcripts.


Resume

Current resume or curriculum vitae.


References

One letter of reference from a individual who knows you professionally or academically. Recommendation letters should be submitted on letterhead with a clear indication of what the relationship is between the recommender and applicant.


Goal Statement

Applicants will need to provide a letter detailing their interest in the program and how it may match future professional goals.


GRE Waiver

GRE is waived for applicants with over a 3.0 GPA


Application Fee

Complete the University of Cincinnati online graduate application; $20 application fee.

*Currently waived for Spring 23


International Student Requirements

For International students, an English proficiency test:

  • TOEFL minimum Internet-based 80
    • Paper-based 520
    • Computer-based 190
  • IELTS minimum 6.5