How to Apply

Required Documents

Students must be prepared to submit ALL of the following:

  • A 250-500 word essay in which the student describes her or his academic and professional background, reasons for pursuing this degree, and professional goals pertaining to cybersecurity.
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which should come from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic performance and potential. If the applicant is unable to provide the letter from a former professor, with approval from the program's admission coordinator, letters from other professional sources will be accepted.
  • Resume or CV
  • Scores from the GRE General Test. Applicants with a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. university may request a waiver of the GRE requirement.
  • Official transcripts from every college or university you attended. Include military credits and CLEP scores. Please note the following:

Official transcripts must be sent directly from the degree-granting institution to:

University of South Florida
Office of Admissions
4202 E. Fowler Ave. SVC 1036
Tampa, FL 33620

A copy may be uploaded with your online application to expedite the process. Review of your application will be expedited if you send your transcripts electronically.

Students who received their degree from USF are not required to submit transcripts.

International students who do not hold the required degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution must submit translated transcripts along with a letter from a qualified foreign transcript evaluation service certifying equivalency to the U.S. degree. Foreign transcript evaluation services approved by the USF Graduate School can be found online.

Please Note: The program admissions committee also may request a video or phone interview or additional documentation.