The MS in TCP is a two-year degree that allows students to immerse themselves in topics such as cybersecurity, policy & law, emerging technology, and entrepreneurship & economics. Following the completion of this program, students will be well-positioned to lead future technological innovations in the corporate, government, and academic sectors.

Students may choose one of two options: a coursework-only option where the student completes a two-sequence research and capstone project course, or a thesis option where the student researches, writes and defends a master’s thesis. This curriculum is designed for students to gain a comprehensive background in TCP while specializing in topics that align with the students' interests. TCP students learn traditional networking and programming skills by spending hundreds of hours in state-of-the-art laboratories mastering the operation of complex commercial technologies.

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Degree Requirements

  • 32 Credit Hours in Total
    • Seminar Series (2 courses / 2 credits)
    • Fundamentals Coursework (1 course / 3 credits)
      • May be waived pending student background.
    • Core Coursework in Cybersecurity, Wireless & Networks, Policy, and Strategy & Management (4 courses / 12 credits)
    • Advanced Electives (3 courses / 9 credits)
    • Graduate Capstone Projects -or- Master's Thesis (6 credits)
  • Pass all courses with grades of B- or better and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Complete all requirements within 4 years of start date. Students may file a petition for an extension which may be granted for up to 1 year. Contact TCP's advisor for more details.
  • Current Graduate Handbook - Specific implementation of these requirements and additional requirements for the MS degree in TCP are described in the relevant curriculum section of the handbook.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2020 Application Deadlines

  • Domestic Students: April 15, 2020
  • International Students: January 15, 2020

Spring 2021 Application Deadline

  • All Students: November 1, 2020
  • International students are encouraged to apply early to allow ample time for processes dependent upon country of residence.

Late applications may be requested by contacting our Graduate Advisor.

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

Curriculum Emphases

  • Cyber Operations (Defensive, Offensive & Adversarial Thinking)

  • Wireless and Networked Communication Technology

  • Technology Policy, Law & Ethics

  • Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Management

Future students in the MS in TCP program must hold a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university of recognized standing before their program start date. Their background does not have to be in computer science or a technical field. 

Neither a technical background nor a policy or law background is required; however, you should have an interest in all four areas. 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 Elective courses providing a deeper understanding of a subset of the topic areas. Your degree will culminate with a thesis dissertation or a graduate capstone project.

Technical Degree Suggestions

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