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.

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 is designed with flexibility in mind, offering full-and part-time enrollment at UNH’s Manchester campus 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

Phone: (603) 641-4144
Office: Applied Engineering & Sciences, 88 Commercial Street, M 121, Pandora Bldg, Manchester, NH 03101

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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
Professional Experience
COMP 801Integrated Computing Practice 13
Internship (Select from the following) 23
COMP 890
COMP 891
Internship and Career Planning
and Internship Practice
COMP 890
COMP 892
Internship and Career Planning
and Applied Research Internship
COMP 891
Internship Practice
COMP 892
Applied Research Internship
Elective Courses
Select 1 course (3 credits) for Thesis Option or 3 courses (9 credits) for Project 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
Software Development
COMP 840
Machine Learning Applications and Tools
COMP 850
Neural Networks
COMP 851
System Integration and Architecture
COMP 860
Data Visualization & Communication
COMP 880
Capstone Project
COMP 898Master's Project3
COMP 899Master's Thesis6

 Students are required to enroll in COMP 801 Integrated Computing Practice within their first nine credits in the program. 


Students are required to enroll in at least 1 credit of Professional Experience upon successful completion of nine credits in the program. COMP 891 Internship Practice  and COMP 892 Applied Research Internship  may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

This graduate program is approved to be taken on an accelerated basis in articulation with certain undergraduate degree programs.

General Accelerated Master's policy, note that some programs have additional requirements (e.g. higher grade expectations) compared to the policy.

Please see the Graduate School website and contact the department directly for more information.

  • Analyze complex computing problems and identify solutions by applying principles of computing.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate computing solutions that meet computing requirements with focus on security aspects.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in IT activities.
  • Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.

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

  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: N/A (summer has been closed per the department)

Application fee: $65

Campus: Manchester

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters: Yes (for more details see the accelerated masters information page)

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 or Granite State College (GSC) after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester, UNH Non-Degree work and GSC. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must upload a copy (PDF) of your transcript in the application form. International transcripts must be translated into English.

If admitted, you must then request an official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. 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.

Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions must be submitted and applicants must disclose any previous academic or disciplinary sanctions that resulted in their temporary or permanent separation from a previous post-secondary institution. If it is found that previous academic or disciplinary separations were not disclosed, applicants may face denial and admitted students may face dismissal from their academic program.

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

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


Interested in pursuing your M.S. in Cybersecurity Engineeering but don't know where to begin? We've compiled the most frequently asked questions about the program to help start you on the path towards a master's degree. If you have additional questions, please contact UNH Graduate School Manchester Campus at 603-641-4313 or


Application Process

What academic degree is the basis for admission?

A bachelor's degree in a computing-related area is the basis for admission. We like to see students who have taken computer science courses related to data structures and algorithms, systems and tools, and database design and development. Prerequisite courses are required depending on your academic/professional background.

I have a 3-year bachelor’s degree. Does this meet the requirement for admissions?

Admission requires applicants to have a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent of one. Some bachelor’s degrees are 3 years in length, which are ineligible unless procured from a university which has been accredited by the NAAC at the ‘A’ level and graduated with first-class honors or higher. If you are unsure of whether the university from which you graduated meets these standards, please contact Madison Ferreri, assistant director of admissions at UNH Manchester.

I don't have a bachelor's degree in a computing-related area, but I've worked in the computing field and would like to apply for the master's. What do I do? 

Prospective students with undergraduate degrees in other fields are invited to apply. The application review process is a holistic process that takes into account relevant work experience, your personal statement and resume, and recommendation letter.

What is the deadline for application to the program?

Fall: July 1 (International Deadline); August 1 (Domestic Deadline)
Spring: December 1 (International Deadline); January 1 (Domestic Deadline)
Summer: April 1 (Part-time enrollment ONLY)

What is the application procedure for international students?

International students are eligible to apply if they’ve earned a bachelor’s degree from a four-year institution or if they’ve completed a three-year degree from at a university which has been accredited by the NAAC at the ‘A’ level, and graduated with first-class honors or higher. No pre-application is necessary. Simply click here and follow the outlined steps: Apply, Submit Documents and Monitor Status.

Is the GRE general test required?


Which test is required for international students?

The test required for international students is the TOEFL or IELTS unless the applicant completed their bachelor’s degree from a university where English is the primary language of instruction and can demonstrate advanced proficiency.


Program Prerequisites

What prerequisites do I need to take if I don't have a bachelor's in computing?

If you don’t have a bachelor’s in computing, you need to reach out to the Graduate Program Coordinator to determine how your academic background prepares you for starting the program. The outcome of that discussion is a plan of study that includes the prerequisites you need to take.

What are the language prerequisites for admission for international students?

All applicants who are not native English speakers are required to demonstrate a sufficient level of proficiency in the English language to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university in another country where English is the primary language of instruction. All other non-native speakers must take the TOEFL/IELTS or other English Testing exams and submit recent scores to our office as part of their application packet.

What are the minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores?

The minimum scores are specific to the test type, and are as follows: 

  • TOEFL (Paper Based): 550
  • TOEFL (Computer Based): 213
  • TOEFL (Internet Based): 80
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5
  • TOEFL IPT* (Institution Administered): On case-by-case basis
  • TOEIC* (Test of English for International Communication): On case-by-case basis
  • PTE Academic: 59

What are the deadlines for TOEFL/IELTS test submission?

For additional questions related to TOEFL/IELTS test deadlines, please contact our Graduate School. Your application will not be considered complete until your test score has been submitted.


Tuition/Financial Aid

What are the tuition rates for this program?

See Tuition & Costs for full information on tuition, fees, and refunds.

Who is eligible for financial aid?

Graduate students who are enrolled in a degree program at least half time (5 or more credits per semester) and are a U.S citizen or eligible non-citizen may be considered for Federal Financial Aid. Graduate students are reviewed for loans and work study. There are no Federal or University grants or scholarships awarded to graduate students by the UNH Financial Aid Office.
Do I qualify for financial aid as an eligible non-citizen?

Generally, you are an eligible non-citizen if you are (1) a permanent U.S. resident with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551); (2) a conditional permanent resident (I-551-C); (3) the holder of an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing any one of the following designations: “Refugee”, “Asylum Granted”, “Parolee” (I-94 confirms that you were paroled for a minimum of one year and status has not expired), T-Visa holder (T-1, T-2, T-3, etc.) or “Cuban-Haitian Entrant”; or (4) the holder of a valid certification or eligibility letter from the Department of Health and Human Services showing a designation of “Victim of human trafficking”.
Are grants and scholarships awarded to UNH graduate students?

There are no Federal or University grants or scholarships awarded to graduate students by the UNH Financial Aid Office. Students who have been enrolled for a semester are eligible for graduate student appointments based on outstanding academic performance and strong recommendation letters from program faculty and graduate coordinator. These appointments are highly competitive, so please do not count on this as a way to fund your expenses.

Where can I find more information about student loans?

Financial Aid for graduate students is available in the form of Federal student loans. For more information and to fill out an application visit:


Transfer Credits

How many courses can I transfer from another institution?

A maximum of two courses for up to eight semester credit hours are approved for transfer. Courses must be at the graduate level; cannot have been used or in the process of being used in earning another graduate degree; cannot have been taken while completing a bachelor's degree. A grade of B or better must be earned.

What do I do to get the courses transferred? 

You have to provide an official transcript showing the credits and grades earned along with a Transfer Credit (External UNH) Request Form.

I have a master's degree from UNH and would like to do a second masters. Can I transfer graduate credits from my first master's into this program?

You may apply up to 12 credits earned in the first master's degree with approval of the Graduate Coordinator. Thesis or research credits from the first program may not be counted towards the requirements of the second program.

Course Information

What is the deadline to register for classes?

If you register for fall courses, start the registration process as early as April prior to the fall semester. If you register for spring courses, start in October. This way you allow yourself time to consult with your advisor, who needs to approve your course registration. It also avoids the situation of not being able to register because the class is full. Student must meet with their faculty advisor prior to registering for their first semester of courses. This will be arranged at orientation. 

When are the classes scheduled and what is their duration?

Classes are scheduled during the day or in the evening, weekdays, once a week per course. Class meetings start at 5:30 or 6:00 and take between 2 to 3 hours.

Are the classes online?

The learning model for the program's classes blends face-to-face time and interactions during the scheduled class meetings with online interactions facilitated by a variety of communication and collaboration tools. There are no exclusively online classes offered in the program at this time.

Where can I find course descriptions?

The Graduate School Online Catalog is the resource for course descriptions. Select Level- Graduate, Degree/Program- Master’s then search and click on the program link.



Are international students eligible for internships during the course of study? 

Yes, international students are eligible for internships. The program requires that students enroll in at least 1-credit internship upon completion of 9 graduate credits in the program of study. For more information please contact Professor Karen Jin, Internship coordinator in the department. The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is the best source to find answers to any question that international students have. We highly recommend that you contact the office with your questions.

How many internships can an international student do?

International students can participate in more than one internship as long as it meets institutional and immigration requirements. The Internship Coordinator will work with you to determine the appropriate credit hours for your specific internship opportunity. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) employment authorization is required for all off campus internships that international students participate in.  An Immigration Advisor will guide you on the use of CPT shortly after you begin your degree program.

When am I eligible for an internship?

The program academic rule states that students are required to
1. Enroll in at least one credit of their internship by enrolling in either COMP 890, COMP 891 or COMP 892 after successful completion of 9 credits in their program of study.
2. Complete a minimum of three credits in COMP 890 Internship as a graduation requirement.
It is important to note that the summer semester is not considered an official semester, therefore students who began the program in January are not required to register for an internship until the fall semester.  However, they would be allowed to enroll in an internship during the summer semester and request CPT if offered an off-campus internship.

Visit this website for CPT requirements For further details contact

Where can I go for help in finding an internship? 

Career and Professional Success has several resources that can help in your internship search. You can meet individually with a career advisor to put together your customized internship searching plan; these appointments can be scheduled through our online system called Handshake. Handshake can also be used to find and apply for internship positions, learn about career fairs and events with employers, and track your internships. You should start your internship preparation as soon as possible; it takes 1-2 semesters of searching and networking before obtaining a position. Stop by Career and Professional Success in Suite 430 to begin your internship search! 


Change of Degree

I'm currently enrolled in another master’s program at UNH and would like to enroll in this program. What's the procedure to change my degree to your department?
Instructions about how to change a degree to a different department at UNH are at: Change of Degree Form with Instructions . In a nutshell, you need to fill out a new application and submit two new letters of recommendation from faculty at UNH (one of which should be from your current advisor).

What is the deadline for changing my degree to your department?

Fall: July 1
Spring: December 1
Summer: April 1


If you have any questions, please contact the UNH Graduate School Manchester Campus at 603-641-4313 or

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