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MSCA Admission Requirements

Application Deadline

Application & Transcript Deadlines
Term Year Application Open Application Deadline Transcript Deadline
Spring  2024 08/01/2023 11/30/2023 12/07/2023
Fall  2024 10/01/2023 07/20/2024 07/28/2024
Spring 2025 08/01/2024 11/12/2024 11/20/2024
Fall 2025 10/01/2024 06/13/2025 06/20/2025 

Admission Requirements

Suitability for admission to the program is based on an examination of the entire application package. In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

1. Bachelor's Degree:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above using the entire degree or the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of course work, which may include post-baccalaureate work. Students with significant GMAT/GRE scores and/or professional experience may be permitted to join with a 2.5 GPA.

2. Transcripts:

Submission of official transcripts from all institutions attended to CSUSB Office of Graduate Studies. CSUSB students are not required to submit any CSUSB transcripts. If your transcript is not in English, then you must also send a certified literal English translation of the transcripts along with the official original-language transcripts with proof of degree to:

CSUSB Graduate Admissions Office
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407

3. Personal Statement:

Academic motivation and personal qualifications demonstrated through submission of a 200- to 250-word statement of reasons for wishing to pursue the Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Analytics at California State University, San Bernardino, and personal qualifications that will contribute to the successful completion of the program.

4. English Proficiency for International Students: 

An applicant whose education has been in a language other than English must submit proof of English ability. They can satisfy this requirement in a number of ways:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL (iBT 79/80 or PBT 550) taken within the past two years.
  2. IELTS exam score of 6.5 taken within the past two years, or
  3. Complete level 4 of CSUSB's Intensive English Program (IEP).

5. Resume:

Submission of a current resume.

6. Letters of Recommendation:

Two letters of recommendation are required.

7. Business Aptitude Requirement:

Applicants for Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Analytics must meet ONE of the following Business Aptitude requirements: 

  • Minimum two years of post-undergraduate professional and/or managerial experience or industry-relevant certifications.
  • Proof of completion of an accredited graduate degree (e.g. J.D., Ph.D., M.D.) from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the graduate program.
  • Submission of an acceptable score on the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • GMAT score of 470 (minimum 10% on GMAT Verbal Ability and Quantitative Ability percentile rankings) or a minimum GRE score of 298 (minimum 10% on GRE Verbal Ability and Quantitative Ability percentile rankings).

8. Conditionally classified status:

Students who meet all entrance requirements may be admitted to the program in a conditionally classified status. Once students meet the minimum passing level of “B” for IST 6115 (or successfully complete a “credit by exam” for the course) they will be advanced to classified graduate standing in the program. Only fully classified students, however, may enroll in the other 6000-level core courses unless they have written consent from the IDS Department Chair.


Still, Have Questions?

Contact the Faculty Program Coordinator:

Dr. Jesus Canelon Herrera - program curriculum, job, and career outlook

Contact the Program Student Advisor, or the Program Specialist within the College of Extended and Global Education:

Margaret Garcia - admissions, application questions, program format, and schedule details 
(909) 537-4320

Vickie Cross - program administration, tuition & finance, student services, general program inquiries & issues