Cybersecurity Engineering (M.S.)

Cybersecurity Engineering (M.S.)

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Graduates of the Cybersecurity Engineering program are able to identify, analyze and respond to the complex information security threats that are increasingly common in today's digital landscape. You'll learn skills in core and advanced information security, preparing you to develop, integrate and evaluate secure IT systems and services for any organization.

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What is cybersecurity engineering?

Cybersecurity affects everyone and impacts every organization. From marketing to finance, manufacturing or entertainment, data security is critical in every economic sector. Cybersecurity engineers develop, integrate and operate secure systems in order to protect computing devices, networks, data and programs from unauthorized hackers, damage or cyberattacks. With cyber threats and data breaches becoming more frequent and severe, cybersecurity professionals are in high demand across all industries. Designed for working professionals and people with a strong interest in cybersecurity, UNH Manchester’s M.S. in cybersecurity engineering program is rooted in project-based and applied learning.

Why choose UNH Manchester’s M.S. in Cybersecurity Engineering program?

The M.S. in cybersecurity engineering at UNH Manchester brings today’s cybersecurity challenges to life in the classroom. Through hands-on learning and authentic project experiences, students learn the theoretical underpinnings of security engineering and the technical skills to protect data, communications, networks and services. The program offers full- and part-time enrollment at UNH’s Manchester campus, located in the heart of the state’s tech, corporate and financial activity. With the skills and experience students gain in core and advanced information security, cybersecurity engineering graduates will be prepared to develop, integrate and evaluate secure IT systems and services for virtually any organization.

Potential careers

  • Chief information security officer
  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Computer network support specialist
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Cyber risk analyst
  • Cybersecurity engineer
  • Database administrator
  • Information security analyst
  • Network and computer systems administrator
  • Security architect


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Curriculum & Requirements

This program is offered in Manchester.

Cybersecurity touches nearly every facet of an organization. From marketing to legal to finance, employees across the industry are more aware of the flow of data and the measures needed to keep it secure. Technical systems need technical solutions—which is why the University of New Hampshire has launched a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering.

Designed for working professionals and those with a strong interest in cybersecurity, the program combines in-class and online learning on how to develop, engineer and operate secure information systems. You will learn the theoretical underpinnings of information security and have opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios and authentic project experiences.

With a greater emphasis on the collection and storage of big data, information security and cloud computing, the demand for cybersecurity engineers has never been higher. The M.S. in Cybersecurity Engineering gives you the technical skills and experience to meet that demand, preparing you to secure information, communications, networks and control systems for any organization.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Cybersecurity Engineering program are able to identify, analyze and respond to the complex information security threats that are increasingly common in today's digital landscape. You'll learn skills in core and advanced information security, preparing you to develop, integrate and evaluate secure IT systems and services for any organization.

The M.S. in Cybersecurity Engineering program will have two options:

  • The Capstone option requires the completion of 11 courses (33 credits). The capstone is a work-based project, internship experience or other appropriate activity that integrates the skills and knowledge you developed during the degree program, along with your past experiences, areas of specialization and professional goals. In consultation with an advisor, each student develops a project plan and prepares and delivers a final project agreed upon by the student and advisor.
  • The Thesis option consists of 10 courses (30 credits) including 6 credits of COMP 899 Master's Thesis (counts as 2 courses) and requires you to research, write and defend a publishable-quality, graduate-level paper. The thesis track is designed for students who may be interested in pursuing further studies (i.e., a doctoral experience).
Required Courses
COMP 815Information Security3
COMP 835Secure Networking Technologies3
COMP 880Topics (Software Security Principles)3
COMP 880Topics (Computer Forensics)3
COMP 880Topics (Cryptography)3
One (1) 3-credit policy course from the following:3
CPRM 810
Foundations of Cybersecurity Policy
CPRM 830
Security Measures I
CPRM 850
Security Measures II
CPRM 870
Cybersecurity Risk Management
CPRM 880
Cybersecurity Metrics and Evaluation
COMP 890Internship1-3
One (1) elective course for Thesis Option or three (3) elective courses for Capstone Option:
COMP 805
Full Stack Development
COMP 820
Database Systems and Technologies
COMP 821
Big Data for Data Engineers
COMP 825
Programming Languages
COMP 830
Object-Oriented Software Development
COMP 840
Machine Learning Applications and Tools
COMP 850
Neural Networks
COMP 851
System Integration and Architecture
COMP 860
Data Visualization & Comm
COMP 880
Capstone Project
COMP 898Master's Project3
COMP 899Master's Thesis6


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: June 1 (final); June 30 (International students residing outside of the US)
  • Spring: November 30 (International Deadline); January 6 (Domestic Deadline)
  • Summer: April 1

Application fee: $65

Campus: Manchester

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to answer the questions below. No more than two pages are allowed for this statement (with font size no smaller than 11 pt). Less is more! Be concise and precise.

  1. Why is this degree important to you?
  2. What qualifications and experiences make you a good candidate for the program?
  3. What knowledge areas are you eager to master and what professional skills will be the most valuable to you?
  4. What challenges do you foresee with completing the required coursework?
  5. A course in the program requires on average 8 to 10 hours per week of study time. Describe the support (from work, family, or others) and/or plans you have to fit this time requirement in your life.
  6. In your opinion, what distinguishes an accomplished and competitive professional with this degree?


Current resume limited to no more than two pages.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

Explore Program Details

Our Cybersecurity Engineering program welcomes students from all over the world, and the UNH Manchester campus is located in the heart of a city that embraces cultural diversity. Read more about our city.


UNH Manchester offers housing at our UNH residence hall, UNH Downtown Commons. Located at 1000 Elm Street, UNH Downtown Commons offers spacious rooms, on-site dining, laundry facilities, cable TV, internet, shared lounge spaces and more. The residence hall is just a short walk to campus and steps from downtown Manchester’s vibrant restaurants, shops and nightlife. We’ve also partnered with the New Hampshire Institute of Art to offer weekly meal plans in the NHIA dining hall, located on-site at 1000 Elm.

Contact the office of admissions for more information on housing

Getting Your Visa

The office of International students will assist you with your visa process. Visit our graduate International Students page for further details about the application process and other questions you may have.

Graduates of the Cybersecurity Engineering program are able to identify, analyze and respond to the complex information security threats that are increasingly common in today's digital landscape. You'll learn skills in core and advanced information security, preparing you to develop, integrate and evaluate secure IT systems and services for any organization.

Job Title Job Growth* Median Salary**
Computer and Information Systems Manager 12% $139,220
Computer Network Support Specialist 8% $62,340
Computer Systems Analyst 9% $88,270
Database Administrator 11% $87,020
Information Security Analyst 28% $95,510
Network and Computer Systems Administrator 6% $81,100

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, projected job outlook from 2016 to 2026. The average growth rate for all occupations is 7 percent.

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wages reported in May 2017.

Tuition & Fees

The anticipated tuition rates and fees for the 2020/2021 academic year are available here. Please note that these are subject to change.

Financial Aid

You may complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans, the only form of federal financial aid available to graduate students. The basic eligibility requirements to be considered for Financial Aid include:

  • Enrollment in a degree program
  • Attending classes at least half-time (5 or more credits per semester)
  • Documentation of United States citizenship or eligible non-citizen status
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress


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