Admissions Questions

Where do I find the online application?

Here is the online application. This is an application into the CU Boulder Graduate School. Within the application, elect to apply to the Master's of Science in Technology, Cybersecurity and Policy degree.

What are the application due dates?
TCP admits students into the program twice a year for Fall and Spring start-terms. 

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.
What are the minimum admission standards?

Neither a technical background nor a policy/law background is required. You should have an interest in all four areas (cybersecurity;  wireless networks;  policy / law / ethics;  entrepreneurship / strategy / management) and a background in at least one.

GREs are not required, but students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA under 3.0 are recommended to provide GRE scores.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree, supply contact information for three letters of recommendation, upload a personal statement describing their interest in the program and their background, and upload unofficial transcripts from all academic institutions of higher education attended.

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. Your degree will culminate in a team-based capstone research project.

What are the minimum GRE scores that TCP will accept?

TCP does not have minimum score requirements for admission, and GRE scores are not required. Students possessing a 3.0 or lower GPA from their undergraduate studies are encouraged to supply GRE scores.

Preferred minimum scores are:

  • GRE Verbal 157
  • GRE Quantitative 157
  • GRE Analytical Writing 3.5
As an international student, am I required to provide proof of English proficiency?

If you are an international student, you may be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores depending on your country of residence. Detailed information about English proficiency requirements are on the Graduate School's English Proficiency Requirements website.

What criteria does the admissions committee use to evaluate applicants for admission?

In evaluating applicants, the admission committee relies on your completed application form, reported GRE scores (if applicable), your undergraduate GPA and transcripts, as well as your statement of purpose and recommendations from persons who have had an opportunity to observe your ability and performance. Your GRE scores and GPA are considered in the context of the entire application. The quality of your undergraduate institution will be considered. Substantial consideration is accorded to special qualities such as motivation; undergraduate program; diversity in economic, social, or cultural background; employment or other experience; leadership; and perseverance in overcoming personal handicaps or disadvantages. Graduate level work is also considered.

May I apply for Spring semester entry?

Yes, TCP now offers a Spring-start term. All students must apply by November 1, 2020 for a start term of Spring 2021.

I am interested in transferring into TCP. How does that work?

Current CU graduate students in other departments can transfer into the MS in TCP program by contacting TCP's graduate advisor. Not all graduate coursework is transferrable to the MS in TCP degree; however, a maximum of 9 credits of relevant coursework can be transferred into the degree program.

Current gradaute students at other institutions can transfer into the TCP Program prior to their preferred term-start date. They must still go through the typical application process and the same rule for transferring a maximum of 9 relevant credits applies.

Current CU undergraduate students may enroll in a BAM degree, adding a 5th year to stack an MS in TCP on top of their undergraduate degree to create a deadly combo of a specialized security-minded professional across a specific discipline or industry.

Financial Questions

What are TCP's tuition and fees for a graduate MS degree?

Tuition and fees information are available on the Bursar's website.

What type of graduate student funding is available?

The program does not guarantee funding for master’s students. Master’s students should plan on providing their own fellowships and/or private funds to finance their education. Possible funding sources may include student loans, outside fellowships, employer sponsorships, savings, income from work, etc. Additional information is located at Funding Your Degree. TCP does offer Fellowships, which are competitively given to select students from the pool of current TCP students and accepted applicants.

What is the starting salary of a TCP graduate student after graduation?

CU Boulder has an extensive Career Services office with advising resources that answer this and many other career-related questions. The 2013-2018 CU Graduate Survey data are available on our Alumni page.