4 Application Tips when Applying for a Masters in Cyber Security

When we review applications for our masters in cyber security program and technology management masters program, we look to craft each class so that the students can learn from one another as well as from our faculty members. After reviewing hundreds of applications for these programs, there are some clear pieces of advice I can give on what to do and what not to do.

Make sure you correctly state the name of the school to which you are applying. Simply copying and pasting essays and forgetting to change the name of the school can be a deal breaker. Reviewers will look for that attention to detail as well as the genuine reason you want to attend their University. If you can’t take the time to proofread your essays and make sure the name of the school is correct, how do we know you will put in the time required to be successful in graduate school?

  1. The same rule applies to the name of the program to which you are applying. Make sure you state the name correctly. If you are applying to the MS in Management of Secure Information Systems don’t refer to it as the MS in Cyber Security. Yes, it is a cyber security masters program but that is not the name of the degree. If you are applying to the MS in Technology Management, don’t list the name as MS in Management. Once again, review committees look to this attention to detail as it can demonstrate your commitment to the program you are applying to.
  2. Don’t make your application essay too general. Stand out. We want to know about you, what has gotten you here, what you hope to do with this specific graduate degree. How can you stand out from the crowd of applications to show you will contribute to the classroom in a meaningful way? Do speak specifically to your career accomplishments and how a cyber security masters program or a technology management masters degree will enhance your professional development.
  3. Be sure to share your reasons for selecting that particular university. This really resonates with the people reviewing your application!

 Be sure to check back as we add more tips related to the application process.


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Jackie Buchy

Since 2011, I have served as the assistant dean for graduate enrollment at George Mason University's School of Business. In my role, I work with prospective graduate students to identify and select the best graduate program to meet their career goals.

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