Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity admission decisions are competitive, and based on consideration of all criteria. All candidates will be accepted for admission who—in the judgment of Saint Leo University—clearly show the potential for success in graduate work. Each Cybersecurity applicant is evaluated individually. The candidate's motivation, maturity, work experience and leadership qualities are carefully considered, along with academic records and test scores.

The following admission process is for Saint Leo's MS Cybersecurity degree. This graduate degree is available online and at University Campus.

Requirements

Master of Science in Cybersecurity applicants must meet the following requirements.

1. Applicants must submit the following documents:

a) Application form.

b) Application fee which is neither refundable nor applicable against other school fees.

c) Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions previously attended, foreign and/or U.S. institutions, directly to the Director of Graduate Admission. A U.S. $235 credential evaluation fee or United States equivalency evaluation must accompany transcripts from foreign institutions certified by an approved evaluation service. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously submitted and are on file at the University.

d) Two professional recommendations from work associates or former professors completed on the forms provided. Work associates include current and former supervisors.

e) Current résumé.

f) Statement of professional goals. (250 words or more)

2. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

a) A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (CS), Computer Information Systems (CIS), Management Information Systems (MIS), or related area from a regionally accredited college or university.

b) A minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA from a regionally accredited college or university in USA, or an equivalent degree from overseas.

c) Students with undergraduate degrees not related to Computer Science (CS), Computer Information Systems (CIS), Management Information Systems (MIS), will be required to take the appropriate undergraduate courses.

     i) COM 203 – Computer Systems (or equivalent)

     ii) COM 204 – Programming Logic and Design (or equivalent)

     iii) COM 309 – Network Theory and Design (or equivalent)

3. All international students whose native language is not English are required to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test). Applicants holding an undergraduate degree from an academic institution within the United States, an English-speaking country, or from an institution where the language of instruction is English are not required to take the TOEFL examination.

Admission Process

Admission to the Cybersecurity program is a simple, straightforward process. Applicants should submit the following materials 60 days before the beginning of the term in which they wish to enroll.

  1. Application
    Fill out the online application or download, complete and return the application for graduate admission.
  2. Application Fee
    Submit a one-time, non-refundable $80 application fee.
  3. Official Transcripts
    Send official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you've previously attended to the Office of Graduate Admission. A United States equivalency evaluation must accompany transcripts from foreign institutions, which must be certified by an approved evaluation service. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously been submitted and are on file. Download Transcript Request Form.
  4. Professional Recommendation
    Arrange for two professional recommendations from work associates (current and former supervisors). Recommendations must be completed on forms provided by Saint Leo. Download Professional Recommendation Form.
  5. Statement of Professional Goals
    Please complete an essay of approximately 250 words outlining your professional goals. You may upload your goals statement into your application once your application is submitted.
  6. Resume
    Please submit a copy of your current resume. You may upload your resume into your application once your application is submitted.
  7. If GPA is Below 3.0 ONLY: Official Test Scores
    If your last 60 credit hours GPA from the last degree you have completed is below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, a minimum GMAT score of 500 can be used to meet this criteria. Official GMAT test results should be mailed directly to the Director of Graduate Admission. Test scores more than five years old are not accepted. You can register for the GMAT at www.gmat.org.
  8. Financial Aid & Payment Options
    Determine how you plan to pay for the program. If using Financial Aid, complete the FAFSA online. It is in your best interest to complete the financial aid process as early as possible.

After the application has been processed, the Director of Graduate Admission may contact the applicant for a personal interview. Contingent admission as non-degree-seeking students may be granted only for up to six credit hours of graduate work. Applications will remain active for two years after receipt.

Applicants who do not meet the admissions requirements may be evaluated by the Cybersecurity Director, who may recommend admission to the Office of Graduate Admission. If accepted, the student will be given a conditional admission that allows the student to take only one course during his/her first enrolled term, and the student must earn a grade of B or higher to continue in the program.

Application, letters and transcripts can be sent to:

Director of Graduate Admission - MC2248
Saint Leo University
P.O. Box 6665
Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665
grad.admissions@saintleo.edu

International Students

Applications from non-U.S. citizens are accepted as long as they are able to show a financial ability to pay, meet all of the academic requirements for admission, and have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). All international students whose native language is not English are required to submit the TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test). Applicants holding an undergraduate degree from an academic institution with the United States, an English-speaking country, or from an institution where the language of instruction is English are not required to take the TOEFL examination.

Accepted Students

Students enrolled in the Cybersecurity degree program are required to satisfactorily complete a mandatory student orientation program. The not-for-credit course must be completed by the end of the first term. Tuition fees will not be assessed. The orientation course information will be provided by Graduate Admissions upon acceptance into the program.