Cybersecurity Accelerated Graduate Pathway

Program Type
Accelerated Graduate Pathway
Leads to Master of Science (MS)
Mode of Study
Pathway: Varies by major

Pathway Highlights

  • Complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as few as five years — rather than the usual six.
  • Take advantage of a time-saving & cost-saving pathway for highly motivated undergraduate students looking ahead to graduate school.
  • Save up to 15 credits worth of tuition.
  • Declare a major in Cybersecurity to be eligible for this pathway.
  • Begin a leadership role in cybersecurity sooner with both your BS and your MS degrees in hand.
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How the pathway works

During your final year of undergraduate study, you’ll begin taking graduate-level Cybersecurity courses — if you meet progress standards and graduate program admissions requirements. The graduate-level courses will satisfy credit requirements for your Cybersecurity undergraduate major as well as the Cybersecurity graduate program.

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Major in Cybersecurity

To enroll in the Cybersecurity MS Accelerated Graduate Pathway, you must declare a major in Cybersecurity.

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Program requirements

You’ll be required to earn a high grade in specific courses along with maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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Admission to Cybersecurity MS program

During your undergraduate studies, you will be required to submit the graduate program application along with all required admission materials. Your Academic Advisor will provide guidance on submitting your application.

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About our Cybersecurity graduate program

Our fully online master’s program provides in-depth learning to fill the need for advanced, highly skilled cybersecurity professionals in all sectors and industries, and to enhance ethical behavior for dealing with cyber assets.

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Frequently asked questions

Our Accelerated Graduate Pathways offer highly motivated undergraduate students the opportunity to begin graduate study while completing their bachelor’s degree.

Next steps

Our helpful admissions counselors are here to answer your questions about the admissions process, our academic programs, and student support services. We also invite you to explore the many ways to visit campus or to engage with us through online experiences.

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Please note: Current USM students should contact your Academic Advisor to learn more about how the pathway can work with your current academic progress. This pathway is most beneficial when you declare it as early as possible in your undergraduate studies.