Expand your career by mastering the latest internet technologies, essential business skills, and policy knowledge to achieve success in today’s rapidly changing high-tech world. TCP Graduates will possess the necessary knowledge and skills to protect and defend individuals, corporations, and governments against cyber threats. Boulder is home to industry leaders ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies seeking trained experts in cybersecurity, networking, aerospace engineering, and wireless networks.

The program curriculum emphasizes four areas:

  • Cybersecurity

  • Network Engineering and Wireless

  • Policy, Law, Ethics

  • Entrepreneurship, Economics

Neither a technical background nor a policy or law background is required; however, you should have an interest in all four areas and a background in at least one. Depending on your background, TCP Fundamentals courses will be used to establish a common knowledge base.  Core courses in each of the four areas will provide you with graduate-level expertise in all areas, with Advanced Electives courses providing a deeper understanding of a subset of the topic areas.

Future students must have a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university of recognized standing.

While not a requirement for admission, students who are interested in pursuing a more technical program (e.g. with a focus on networking, wireless systems, etc.) are strongly encouraged to have knowledge of the following subject material prior to matriculation:

1.     Basic scripting capabilities with Python including socket programming

2.     Unix/Linux administration and networking basics
     a.   Tutorials Point: Unix
     b.   Surrey: Unix Tutorial for Beginners
     c.   Open Classroom: Practical Unix
     d.   Shapeshed, Linux and Unix Tutorials Archive

3.     LAN Networking Principles
     a.   Tutorials Point: Data Communication & Computer Network
     b.   Cybrary: CompTIA Network+
     c.   Professor Nessor: N10-004 CompTIA Network+ Training Course

4.     Introduction to VirtualBox

Students who enter TCP with little or no knowledge of the above will be required to take foundational coursework which may increase the number of credits required to complete the degree, effectively making TCP a 36-39 credit program rather than 32.

The following steps apply to all applicants. An applicant for admission must submit complete application materials that include:

1.     A completed Online Application by the application deadline. The application deadline has been extended, so please ignore the SLATE message “The application deadline for this term has passed” and continue forward with the application (the application system undergoes maintenance in June and is not functional during this time). If you have questions or problems with the online application, email technical support at gradadm@colorado.edu.

2.     GRE scores are not required for applications to the TCP program. However, if an applicant has below an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale according to US standards, then it is recommended to obtain and supply official GRE scores from ETS from an examination taken within the last 5 years to increase the competitiveness of their application. Institution code: 4841. (Substitution of GMAT or LSAT scores is acceptable for students seeking admission to a dual MBA/TCP or JD/TCP program. GMAT dept. code: 11S-MH-08.)

3.     An unofficial copy of your transcript(s) must be included in the online application. We require transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs.  While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed. Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university. Note: Official transcripts will be required upon admission to the program. Do not have official transcripts sent until requested.

4.     Provide contact information/email addresses for three people who will supply your three letters of recommendation. Secured links are e-mailed directly to recommenders upon submission of your application. For current students and recent graduates (within the last five years), recommendations from faculty members are particularly important.

5.     Upload your Personal Statement. In addition to the question asked in the application, the admission committee finds it helpful to know how your graduate interests fit within our department.

6.     Submit the supporting documents mentioned above with your application fee.

7.     Once accepted, International Students must also submit:
     a.   Proof of funding.  
     b.   Official TOEFL scores (if applicable).

Post Application:

1.     You will receive an email message from CU confirming the successful submission of your application within 24 hours.

2.     Check your application status on your status page, or learn more at the Graduate School Admissions Website

April 1*

All application materials, including application, application fee, statement of purpose, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, GRE and TOEFL scores (if applicable), should be received by the application deadline of April 1. The application fee is non-refundable.

*Late applications may stil be accepted. If an applicant wishes to submit a late application, then please notify our Graduate Advisor.