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Cybersecurity Policy and Risk Management (Online) - MS

The online M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Risk Management (CPRM) cultivates strategic thinking, policy development, and risk-management skills for a brighter cybersecurity future! The program features full-time faculty and industry experts who help blend strategy and policy with preparedness, incident response, recovery, and resilience – the heart of our security studies discipline.

Students may come from business, public administration, healthcare, finance, homeland defense and security, retail, law, insurance, and a myriad of technical and engineering disciplines. Prior experience or undergraduate degrees in technical fields are not required. Please note this is an online only program.

Application Information

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Applying to graduate school has never been easier! To complete your application, you will need:

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.

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

  • Fall: July 1; Deadline extended to July 16
  • Spring: December 1; Deadline extended to December 15
  • Summer: NA
  • Special:

Campus: Online

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: Yes

Supplemental Materials: The Details


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. However, if you attended GSC, Keene or Plymouth, then you must request and submit original transcripts from those institutions.

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 grad.school@unh.edu. 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: 3 Required

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

Personal Statement/Essay Questions:

Applicants must provide a personal statement responsive to all four of these prompts:

  1. Describe some examples of professional, personal, or academic experiences that helped develop your interest in cybersecurity policy and risk management.
  2. Explain your career objectives. Discuss your expectations as to how this program could impact these objectives.
  3. Identify and explain any important aspects of your professional or academic background that are *not* reflected in your resume or undergraduate degree transcripts. (For example, if your past college grades do not reflect your current learning abilities, please explain. Also, if there is any additional information which you feel should be considered by the Admissions Committee, please explain.)
  4. Please indicate your prior experience and levels of comfort and competence in online learning, and also describe the support (from work, family, or others) and plans you have to fit this time requirement in your life. Generally, online learners must be self-motivated, comfortable interacting through technologies, and confident in expressing their ideas in writing and orally. Time management is also important, since each 3 credit graduate course requires about 9 hours of study time a week.
Your well-crafted statements should range from 700 to 1,800 words (approximately 2 – 5 pages, double spaced). This is your opportunity to personalize the application and help us better understand who you are and how well this program suits your background, current situation, and future goals.

Statements must be included with your submitted application.


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.

Additional Details for International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to go through our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL (or equivalent) examination scores. Please note that TOEFL scores 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.