Master of Science in Administration in Cybersecurity (MSA/Cybersec)

The MSA with a specialization in Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary degree offered entirely online, designed to prepare students for leadership roles in cyber-related positions in public, nonprofit, and private organizations. Coursework also prepares students for admission to doctoral programs and professional schools.

For more information, visit this page.

Contact
Sarah Kuhl
Advisor
Building 4 Room 225
skuhl@uwf.edu
850-857-6359

Overview

Computer Science Graduate Catalogs

Registrar's Office

CS Graduate Degree Requirements

Scholarships, Internships, and Assistantships

AppRiver Graduate Fellowship

Admission Process

Navigate via the Graduate Admissions link below to access and submit an online application. Additionally, after submitting the online application, each applicant is required to:

  1. Request transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended to be directly to the UWF Graduate Admissions Office (address below).
  2. Take a graduate admissions test or use one previously taken - request scores be sent to UWF. Applicants may take either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)--the General Test only -- or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  3. Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if you are an international student and your native language is not English, or you have not obtained a bachelors degree in the U.S.

Although no one particular admission criteria will be used to disqualify an applicant, we would like our applicants to achieve minimum scores shown below.

 

Test ChoosenScores
GRE Verbal 450 (old), Quantitative 500 (old)
Verbal 150 (new), Quantitative 145 (new)
MAT 370
TOEFL 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based),
78 (internet-based)

The GRE and the MAT may be taken at the UWF Testing Center. For the GRE, the UWF Institution Code is 5833 and the Department Code is 0402. For the MAT, the UWF Institution Code is 1089 (no department code is needed).

Notes regarding GRE/MAT test scores an minimum GPA:

Applicants may be considered for admission without GRE/MAT scores, but will be at a disadvantage when compared to other applicants who have taken one of these exams, particularly with regard to the award of scholarships and assistantships. Students admitted conditionally without test scores must take one of these exams during the first half of their first semester.

Applicants are expected to have a minimum cumulative GPA from an undergraduate degree of 3.0. Applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 may still be considered and conditionally admitted if the rest of the application package is of high caliber and the department review committee deems that the student has the potential to succeed. The admissions committee will evaluate all materials relevant to each applicant and rank students based on those materials. The applicants with the best total rankings will be selected for admission.

Practice tests and other resources are available online, for the MAT, the GRE, and the TOEFL.

4. Submit a personal letter of intent, that at a minimum addresses your

(a) motivation for applying to this program,
(b) prior educational background including specific courses/experience in programming,
(c) work experience in this field if any, and
(d) objectives regarding future use of your education in the field.
     Please send this as a hard-copy letter to the UWF Graduate Admissions Office (address below).

5.Request three personal letters of reference from employers/professors who can attest to your potential to succeed in this program. We do not have an online form or a standard format for these letters. Those writing references typically address an applications demonstrated ability to learn, maturity, self-discipline, etc. Hard-copy letters should be sent from the referrer directly to the UWF Graduate Admissions Office (address below).

6.To apply for a graduate assistantship and/or scholarship, please visit the Scholarships/ Internships/Assistantships page. Note that you can apply for the graduate assistantship and/ or scholarship when you apply for admission.

Important Dates

The university deadlines for submitting the online application for admission are intended to permit sufficient time for all admissions materials to be received in time for departmental review. The university deadline for submitting online applications are:

  • June 1 for Fall semester admissions
  • October 1 for Spring semester admissions
  • March 1 for Summer semester admissions

Please be advised that it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all admissions materials are received in time for review by the departmental admissions selection committee. Applicants may check the receipt/status of their materials in MyUWF.

Please send, or have sent, all transcripts, official test scores, letters of reference, letter of intent and any additional supporting documents directly to the Graduate School:

University of West Florida
Graduate Admissions
Bldg. 11
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514

Getting Started

First Steps After Admission

  1. Contact the Graduate Computer Science Advising, Sarah Kuhl for initial advising.
  2. Register for course/s through MyUWF. Notice that toward the end of the registration process a link to the UWF bookstore and books for registered courses will be provided.
  3. Go to the UWF online learning management system, elearning.uwf.edu, and watch the demo for ArgoNet users.
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