The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers a Master of Science in Cybersecurity, a program designed to provide a high quality, academically challenging and career-enriching educational experience that is responsive to industry trends, changing standards and employer needs. The degree develops students who are highly skilled in the field, technically savvy and think critically about cybersecurity challenges.

Graduate opportunities

Currently, there are an estimated 500,000 cybersecurity jobs unfilled in our country, including:

  • Administrators
  • Architects
  • Management
  • Scientists
  • Technical personnel

The Cybersecurity Jobs Report 2018-2021 predicts that there will be 3.5 million unfilled jobs in cybersecurity by 2021. As new technologies enter every part of daily life, the demand for people with higher degrees will exponentially increase.

As a graduate student in the UNT Cybersecurity program, you will have the opportunity to work alongside outstanding faculty who are world-renowned in the field, as well as gain access to the Center for Information and Cyber Security (CICS).

Research opportunities

The UNT Center for Information and Cyber Security (CICS) has been designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education and Research. As a center for excellence, you’ll learn from experts in the field and gain knowledge and skills that have practical industry application. Working with faculty members, you may research:

  • AI for security
  • Blockchain applications
  • Cloud computing and security
  • Computer forensics
  • Cyber intelligence
  • Cryptography
  • Network and IoT security

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering evaluates applicants through a holistic review. You must apply for admission to the university through the Toulouse Graduate School or the International Admissions Office.

Degree requirements

You’ll plan your degree program with the assistance and approval of your major professor and advisory committee. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers two master’s degree options:

  • Thesis Option with 30 semester credit hours
    • 24 hours of coursework
    • 6 hours of thesis
    • Leveling and internship courses cannot be counted toward the degree plan hours
  • Course Option with 33 semester credit hours
    • Leveling and internship courses cannot be counted toward the degree plan hours

In addition to the six required cybersecurity courses, students also will complete five courses from an approved list of prescribed electives.

Financial assistance

Teaching and research assistantships are available to help you pursue your graduate degree. These assistantships provide you with a monthly stipend and may qualify you for in-state tuition rates or tuition and fee support. You also can apply for UNT scholarships, as well as departmental scholarships within the College of Engineering. The general scholarship deadline is March 1 of each year. Apply and learn more.


Ram Dantu, Professor; Ph.D., Concordia University, Canada. Blockchain applications, AI for security, trust in AI, next- generation network security, IoT security, quantum networks and quantum Internet.

Kirill Morozov, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Aarhus. Cryptographic systems, cloud computing and data privacy.

Mark Thompson, Senior Lecturer; Ph.D., Louisiana Tech University. Network and cybersecurity education, computer forensics, cyber intelligence and quantum communications.

Cihan Tunc, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Arizona. Cybersecurity, cloud computing, Internet of Things and social media analysis for cybersecurity.