Why the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy?

Why should I choose the MS in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy at NYU Law and NYU Tandon?

Graduates of the MS Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy program will gain a comprehensive understanding of integrating the business, regulatory, and technical dimensions of cyber risk management.  The program will cultivate the security mindset and lay the foundation for developing a high-reliability IT organization, understanding security concepts from a managerial point of view, including policies and assurances, and recognizing vulnerabilities and exploits. Through the integrative capstone project, students will be expected to develop an integrated cybersecurity strategy and plan for implementing it.  The program will focus on developing leaders equipped to address the strategic and operational challenges of running an enterprise in the digital era.


What is the return on investment (ROI) for my organization and myself?

The return on investment is immediate. The security needs of organizations in the 21st century are continually evolving, and senior-level global leaders need to be prepared to meet the challenges. Graduates of the program will gain the knowledge, skills, and professional network to more effectively lead their organizations.


Should I apply to the MS in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy program?

The MS in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy Program is designed for experienced professionals who have a high aptitude for quantitative analysis and expertise in law or computer science and are preparing for leadership positions in management or policy.  Such candidates could include information security and technology professionals; those in control functions in finance, business unit heads, and legal and human resources personnel; chief information officers, chief data officers, and emerging CFOs and COOs; and policy makers, diplomats, intelligence officers, consultants, and law enforcement leaders. Typical candidates will be seeking sophisticated cross-training to enhance or enable careers in government, the military, the private sector, and NGOs.


What is the difference between the NYU Tandon MS Cybersecurity and the NYU Law-NYU Tandon MS Cybersecrity Risk and Strategy?



MS Cybersecurity MS Cybersecurity Risk Strategy

NYU School(s)


NYU Law & Tandon


Online or in-person

Blended learning format





Technical deep dive

Intersection of law & technology (policy)

English Requirement



Application Test Score Requirement

GRE required

GRE not required

Knowledge Requirements

Knowledge of mathematics through calculus, science and of a high-level, general-purpose programming language (preferably C++) and of data structures

Working knowledge of high-level programming language not required.

Transfer Courses


Not accepted

Applied Learning

Master’s Thesis




Please follow this link to learn more about the NYU Tandon MS in Cybersecurity program.



Program Structure

When does the MS in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy class commence?

The first year-long program will begin in May 2018. Participants can earn their degrees in just 12 months.


What is the degree format?

The MS in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy program is a 30-credit executive MS management degree incorporating both online courses and blended-learning modules. Over a 12-month period, participants will attend three residential sessions consisting of five days per session. There will also be two days in May 2019 for Capstone Presentations and Graduation. Between residential periods, students will study 10-15 hours per week in online and blended-learning formats. For more information please visit our Program Overview page.


What is Blended Learning?

The MS CRS is based on a blended-learning approach combining both synchronous (in-person classroom time) and asynchronous learning (independent study).

Semesters are divided into three phases: online introduction, in-class residency, and online implementation.

The three in-person modules will each take place over the course of five days and will be held in the Summer Semester, Fall Semester, and Spring Semester. There will also be two days in May 2019 for Capstone Presentations and Graduation.

For more information please visit our Blended Learning page.


What is the Integrative Cybersecurity Management course?

Spanning all three semesters, the Integrative Cybersecurity Management capstone is a team-based project that will allow students to demonstrate their ability to take an integrated view of cybersecurity risk and strategy.  Working in groups, students will tackle difficult challenges of technology, law, risk, and strategy. They will become fluent in the language of a wide range of disciplines bearing on the solution of difficult cybersecurity problems and will learn how to work together in interdisciplinary teams to manage both everyday situations and bet-the-company crises.

Teams will meet and discuss issues related to the capstone with the Faculty Directors and as teams refine their capstone topics. Faculty Directors may include other faculty members or industry mentors, as appropriate. By the end of the degree program students will be required to present final projects designed to solve specific operational cybersecurity challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective.


What credentials will I receive when I graduate?

MS in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy graduates receive an NYU Master of Science degree.



Application Process

What is the first step in the admissions process?

The first step is to complete a preliminary information form for an initial assessment of your candidacy. This will enable us to better advise you on your suitability for the program before encouraging you to submit an application. You can find the preliminary information form here.


What are the application criteria?

Applicants must have a baccalaureate’s degree and demonstrated high aptitude for quantitative analysis and academic success as evidenced by undergraduate and graduate coursework, as applicable. A minimum of five years of professional, full-time work experience is required. We do not require applicants to submit standardized test scores, with the exception of English language proficiency exams when necessary.


Do I have to take the GMAT, GRE, or LSAT?

We do not require applicants to submit standardized test scores, with the exception of English language proficiency exams when necessary.

An English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose bachelor’s degree was not taught in English, or for applicants whose degree program was taught in English but whose degree-granting institution is located in a country where English is not the primary language. Such applicants must submit an official score result from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Information regarding the TOEFL is available here. Applicants may only register for the internet-based TOEFL (iBT). Information regarding the IELTS is available here. Applicants may only register for the academic version. The Admissions Committee does not favor one exam over the other.

In order to be considered for admission, the Admissions Committee requires that applicants who take the TOEFL achieve a minimum total score of at least 100, a minimum score of 26 on the reading and listening subsections, and a minimum score of 22 on the writing and speaking subsections. For applicants who take the IELTS, the Admissions Committee requires a minimum overall band score of at least a 7, a minimum score of 7.5 on the reading and listening subsections, and a minimum score of 7 on the writing and speaking subsections.


Do I need to submit official college transcripts?

Yes, applicants are required to submit official copies of their undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Please mail official transcripts to:

Erin O’Brien
NYU Law- NYU Tandon MS Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy
139 MacDougal Street, #609
NY, NY 10012


What if my transcript is not written in English?

Transcripts that are not written in English must be translated by an official third party translator and mailed to:

Erin O’Brien
NYU Law- NYU Tandon MS Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy
139 MacDougal Street, #609
NY, NY 10012


Is there an application fee?

Yes, the application fee is USD $120.


Will information sessions be offered?

The Admissions Team organizes recruiting events throughout the year. Please visit our events page to view the upcoming opportunities at a location near you. If you would like to schedule a meeting, please complete a preliminary information form for initial feedback on your candidacy.


Can I start at any point in the program?

No, the MS CRS is a lockstep cohort program. All students begin and end the program together, with each year’s cohort beginning in May.


Can transfer credits be applied to the program?

No, the MS CRS is a lockstep cohort program.


Does my professional recommendation letter need to come from my current supervisor?

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, one personal and one professional. The professional recommendation may be written by a past or current supervisor.


Do I need to corporate sponsorship to participate in the program?

No, applicants are not required to secure corporate sponsorship to participate in the program. However, we do recommend that students obtain corporate support for the 15 residential days on campus.


Are there any residency restrictions?

Our degree program permit students to complete some or all of the requirements via online instruction. Many students who are taking our online classes are New York State residents, while others study from within other states or other countries. States and countries regulate the educational activity that occurs within their borders, including online study. While NYU is able to offer online courses to residents of most states, there are several states where we cannot, or where restrictions are in place. For more information please visit this page, which outlines the residency restrictions and state-by-state program availability in more detail.


When is the application deadline?

Candidates are considered on a rolling admissions basis.  We accept and review applications throughout the year and provide candidates with decisions usually within one month of application submission.

Application review dates are posted here. We advise all applicants to begin the admissions process without delay as space in the program is limited.


Will incomplete applications be reviewed?

If your application is not complete (for example, missing essays or other items, illegible scanned transcript) you will be informed via email. If you do not provide a completed application by the deadline, we cannot guarantee notification by the initial notification date.



Program Cost

What is the program fee?

The program fee for the Class of 2019 is USD $85,500. This fee includes tuition, course materials, and official events. Hotel and travel expenses are not included. A tuition deposit of 20% (USD $17,100) is required to secure a spot in the Class of 2019. The deposit is due upon acceptance to the program and 50% of the tuition deposit is non-refundable.


Is financial aid available?

Currently there are no scholarships or grants offered for this program. Most US citizens or permanent residents are eligible for federal student loans. Private student loans are available to US citizens or permanent residents and international students, if eligible.

We encourage you to review the information on the NYU Law Financial Aid website and contact the Office of Student Financial Services with any questions on financial aid loans.


Can I apply corporate sponsorship to this program?

Yes, we anticipate that a number of program participants will receive corporate sponsorship. We welcome the opportunity to talk with your employer about sponsorship. For more information about how to discuss sponsorship with your manager or HR representative, please contact us at: mscrs@nyu.edu  


Is time sponsorship required?

Yes, all MS CRS students are required to receive time sponsorship from their organizations to attend the three in person residency periods.


Does NYU participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

NYU is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. Yellow Ribbon is a part of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 and provides education benefits to military veterans who have served on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001

More details and eligibility guidelines for the GI Bill® and Post-9/11 benefits, including Yellow Ribbon, may be found at www.gibill.va.gov under Education Benefits. Veterans may also contact the VA directly at 1-888-GIBILL1 (442-4551).

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at: www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.


Is the application fee waived for military service members?

Yes, the application fee will be waived for those who have served or are serving in the United States military. (Participation in a foreign country’s military does not qualify an applicant for a fee waiver.) US military participants should send their request for a fee waiver to admissions.mscrs@nyu.edu.