FAQs On the Cybersecurity Risk & Strategy Program

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 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. Learn more about student testimonials here.


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 Cybersecurity 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. For additional information about NYU Tandon programs, please contact: tandon.online@nyu.edu.



NYU Program Structure

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

Each cohort begins the program in May. 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 MS management degree for professionals, incorporating both online courses and blended-learning modules.* Over a 12-month period, participants will attend three five-day residential sessions.* There will also be two days in May 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.


Can I complete the program entirely online? I have concerns about my ability to travel to New York during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Yes. In light of COVID related health concerns and travel restrictions, students admitted to the MS CRS Class of 2023 (the cohort which begins in May 2022) will be able to complete the program entirely online if necessary.  If State and University officials deem it safe to convene in person, we will conduct the residencies as scheduled.  In the event residencies are held in person, we strongly encourage students to attend if they are able to do so.


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 at the intersection of technology, law, risk, and strategy.

Teams will meet and discuss issues related to their capstone projects with the Capstone Directors and Mentors.  Mentors may include other faculty members or industry mentors, as appropriate. By the end of the degree students will be required to present final projects demonstrating an interdisciplinary perspective.


Can the capstone project be done independently?

The capstone project is designed to be a team-based experience. To foster peer learning and cross- pollination, teams are comprised of students from a range of different industry, academic and professional backgrounds.


What credentials will I receive when I graduate?

MS in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy graduates receive an NYU Master of Science degree. The degree is jointly conferred by NYU School of Law and NYU Tandon School of Engineering.


Are MS in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy students eligible to receive Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit?

Yes, students can receive CLE credit for the MS in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy courses that are taught by NYU Law faculty. For questions about CLE credit, please contact the NYU Law Office of Records and Registration at: law.registration@nyu.edu.


Can MS in Cybersecurity Risk & Strategy students take the bar exam after completing the degree?

No. This program does not qualify one as an attorney or to sit for any US State’s bar examination. For those interested in becoming an attorney, NYU Law’s JD degree meets the educational requirements of all US states’ bar examiners.


Are there career services?

MS in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy students do not receive traditional career services.


Is the MS in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy Program a STEM designated program?

Yes, the MS in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy Program is a STEM designated program. However, F-1 students must maintain status for two full consecutive semesters before they are eligible for off-campus work benefits. Thus, due to the modular nature of the program, students are not eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or the 24-month STEM extension.



NYU Application Process

What is the first step in the admissions process?

The first step is to contact our admissions team with any questions. The team may be reached at +001 (212) 992-6093 or at admissions.mscrs@nyu.edu.


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 three 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 email official transcripts to: admissions.mscrs@nyu.edu.


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 emailed to: admissions.mscrs@nyu.edu.


Is there an application fee?

Yes, the application fee is USD $120.


Will information sessions be offered?

NYU hosts a number of virtual conferences and events throughout the year. Please visit our events page to view upcoming opportunities. If you would like to schedule a meeting with the admissions team, 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. The personal recommendation can be a friend, colleague, or another person who knows you well.


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 the application deadline.

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.


Can I defer my acceptance to the program?

Deferrals are viewed on a case-by-case basis. You must email admissions.mscrs@nyu.edu to receive a deferral request form. Applicants who are approved for a deferral are required to pay the $1,000 non-refundable tuition deposit.



Program Cost

What is the program fee?

The Class of 2023 program fee is USD $87,510. This fee includes tuition, course materials, and official events. Hotel and travel expenses are not included.* A non-refundable tuition deposit of $1,000 USD is required to secure a spot in the class. The deposit is due upon acceptance to the program and 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.


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.

For more information about applying for VA benefits, please visit the Veteran Students at NYU Law page here.


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. 


*Due to COVID-19 and resulting travel restrictions, future in-person residencies may be converted to remote instruction. We will share more information as it becomes available.