MS in Global Security, Conflict and Cybercrime (STEM)


The MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime is a new, STEM designated, graduate degree program offered by the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs (CGA). Our mission is to prepare globally minded students for leadership, management, analytical, and advocacy positions within any organization that is ready to confront the threat of cyber conflict.

As a student enrolled in the MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime, you will explore cyber conflict through different facets of the social sciences, taking a deep dive into cyber espionage, crime, and warfare. The program prepares you to address the most pressing global security issues arising from cyber enabled malicious activities. It builds upon the success of the MS in Global Affairs program, and is designed for those individuals who wish to prepare for cyber-related careers in a job market that exhibits accelerating employer demand across the public and private sectors, and non-governmental organizations.

The curriculum offers numerous opportunities for students to grow in their STEM understanding of cyberspace, while exploring its vast impact on governments, corporations, and civilians around the world.

A paradigm shift in the world order is underway. Cyberspace has transformed trade, the global movement of ideas and ideologies, and the dynamics of interstate competition and conflict. The result of this is an unprecedented global interconnectedness and interdependence never before known. It enables prosperity as sellers and buyers conduct business across the borders of their own countries. It facilitates openness and freedom of ideas as individuals communicate, exchange, and retrieve information to develop and maintain relationships around the globe. Even as all of these benefits are weighed, there are drawbacks and emerging critical issues to consider. Below the surface of these new possibilities for economic development and innovation are vulnerable and unstable information and communication technologies that are being exploited by privateer hacker collectives, criminals, terrorists, governments, and militaries worldwide. Unrestrained by physical geographic boundaries, they defy conventional notions of jurisdiction, national sovereignty, and identity to cause harm.


Study in New York City OR if you are unable to attend on-site in NYC for fall, you can start this degree remotely and join us on campus in Spring 2022.

NOTE: Certain restrictions may apply for international students.

Program Structure

Accelerated Option

By utilizing summer sessions and January term, the MSGSCC can be completed in 12-16 months for those seeking to put their knowledge and skills to work quickly.


Core Courses

The core curriculum is designed to provide you with a deep and broad foundation that supports specialization course work and serves you throughout your career.

Capstone, Practicum, or Thesis

Students are required to complete either a graduate thesis, team-based capstone project, or practicum with an industry or government partner: These projects enable students to apply skills, knowledge, and experience, and demonstrate mastery of the discipline.


Electives/Career Pathways

Students are required to complete five elective courses. Our career pathways provide students with the opportunity to concentrate their studies in areas of Strategy and Planning, Intelligence and Analysis or Global Security and Cybercrime.

STEM Designation

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) designation is assigned to programs that have quantitative/technical focus and enable students to participate in a longer optional practical training post-graduation.

Who Should Apply?

The MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime (STEM) is designed to inform, educate, and prepare individuals from non-technical and technical backgrounds to become knowledgeable and reliable experts within the cybersecurity profession who can offer strategic insight and guidance in discussions with cyber professionals, senior leaders, and policy makers.

The program, which offers full-time and part-time options, approaches the study of global security and cyber conflict from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. Topics studied include: cyberespionage; cybercrime; terrorists’ use of emerging technologies; information warfare; critical infrastructure and key resources; and emerging approaches to cyber security, assurance, and resilience.

Through the core curriculum; a choice of specialization courses; and a graduate thesis, team-based capstone project, or virtual internship, students prepare to excel and demonstrate a mastery of the discipline.


Core Requirements

The MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime is a 36-credit program which includes three components: a core curriculum of six courses; five specialization courses to be chosen from among 12 courses offered; and either a graduate thesis, capstone project, or virtual cybersecurity internship.

Capstone, Thesis, or Practicum

Students are required to take 1 course totaling 3 credits.

Our Faculty

Pano Yannakogeorgos (PhD)

Pano Yannakogeorgos is a clinical associate professor of global affairs and the faculty lead for the new MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime at the NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs. He joins NYU after an eight-year career in government civil service with the US Air Force, where he completed his tenure as the founding dean of the Air Force Cyber College. Prior to launching the AF Cyber College he was a research professor at the Air Force Research Institute, where he participated in Air Force Chief of Staff (CSAF) sponsored projects, evaluating cyberpower, national security, and military operations for senior military leaders.

Panayotis A Yannakogeorgos

Clinical Associate Professor

Center for Global Affairs

With extensive knowledge of emerging cybersecurity issues, risks, and vulnerabilities, he is the co-author of several books on cybersecurity, including The Cyber Threat and Globalization: Challenges to National and International Security, and The Human Side of Cyber Conflict. He also has authored numerous articles in such publications as The Diplomat, IEEE Security & Privacy, Strategic Studies Quarterly, and Air & Space Power Journal. He is an editorial board member of Military Cyber Affairs: The Journal of the Military Cyber Professionals Association.

Yannakogeorgos' professional activities include membership “track 1.5” cyber norms dialogues among current and former government officials from the US, China, and Russia. Contributing to global cyber capacity building efforts, he has educated senior military officers and government officials around the world as an intermittent lecturer with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s Institute for Security Governance at the Naval Postgraduate School. His honors include the Military Cyber Professionals Association’s Order of Thor Medal and the Air Force Research Institute Civilian of the Year. He also was a US Naval Academy Stockdale Fellow in Leadership and Ethics.

Yannakogeorgos earned a bachelor of liberal arts (ALB) in philosophy, cum laude, from Harvard University, and an MS and PhD in global affairs from Rutgers University. He also completed training in the Air Force Civilian Cyber Fundamentals Course (CCFC).  



The demand for cybersecurity professionals with a multidisciplinary background has never been higher. There is a global shortage of cybersecurity professionals, which is predicted to reach 1.8 million unfilled jobs by 2022. While cyber is one of the fastest-growing job sectors in the country, fewer than 25% of cyber applicants are qualified for the positions for which they apply.

Technologists alone cannot resolve these complex cybersecurity issues. Cybersecurity is a team sport that requires a cadre of individuals who are technically informed and can communicate challenges and offer creative solutions to problems from the server suite to the C-suite. Our goal is to help students to fill those positions by building an educated cohort of technically aware strategists, leaders, policy makers, and analysts.

To help you jump start your career in cyberspace, we have partnered with the EC-Council to offer students an opportunity to become certified in cyber. Learn more abou the EC-Council certification programs here.

Opportunities outside of the curriculum for students in the program include:

  • Participation in the Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
  • Organization of the NYU CSAW Policy cyber competition
  • Public Events and invitation only roundtable discussions addressing current events
  • Student Association for Global Affairs (SAGA) events
  • NYU Global Cyber Studies Student Association

A  final thesis or capstone project will allow you to synthesize your academic work and practical experience to create a demonstrable final project that positions you as a desirable candidate to prospective employers.



MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime (STEM) graduates can expect to leverage CGA’s faculty members, industry connections, and existing alumni networks to secure competitive positions in a variety of sectors.


  • Learn to design strategies to solve cyber problems across the public and private sectors
  • Gain knowledge of cyber security, privacy, and ethical principles
  • Develop an understanding of vulnerabilities, how they relate to threats, and the fundamentals of cyberattack stages
  • Acquire an understanding of risk management/mission assurance processes

Students will develop the skills to be competitive in jobs in government, the private sector, and non-governmental and international organizations that involve:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Executive Cyber Leadership
  • Multidisciplenary Cyber Threat Analysts
  • Cybersecurity Policy



The Prospects for Cyber Peace

November 21, 2019

Admission Criteria

We carefully weigh each component of your application during the admissions review process to evaluate your ability to benefit from and contribute to the dynamic learning environment and the challenging curriculum that the School offers.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Priority:   January 15

International Final: April 1*

Domestic Final: July 1


Spring Semester

Priority:   September 15

International Final: October 1

Domestic Final: November 30


Required Documents

Personal Statement


Two Letters of Recommendation

Standardized Tests (If required by Admissions team)



We require transcripts from all institutions where college credit was received.


For Academic Year 2020-2021

Application Fee $150

Tuition depends on the number of credit hours a student enrolls in each semester. A part-time student taking 6 credit hours is billed $13,778 for tuition and fees for a semester. A full-time student taking 12 credit hours is billed $22,699 for tuition and fees for a semester. For a full breakdown of tuition and fees visit the Bursar's website.

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Language Proficiency

TOEFL scores are required for applicants who did not complete an undergraduate degree in the United States or in a country where the only primary language is not English.  Successful candidates achieve a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test.


For the IELTS, a minimum overall band score of at least 7 is recommended.


NYUSPS does not prohibit applicants with lower TOEFL/IELTS scores from applying for admission since many factors influence the admissions decision. 


Pearson Versant English Placement Test (VEPT)

If an international applicant has not achieved the minimum scores as described above, they are required to participate in the VEPT, a 50-minute online test that evaluates English language proficiency.


Financing Your education

Click the link below to find important information regarding the federal aid process, NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) department and divisional scholarships, private loans, and the NYU payment plans.


The Center for Global Affairs Graduate Scholarship

The Center for Global Affairs provides a limited number of scholarships in amounts of up to $10,000 to be awarded to incoming students with exceptional academic backgrounds, who meet the admissions requirements of the graduate programs in Global Affairs and Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime. Scholarship awardees will receive their award divided into each of their two years in the graduate program if full-time students or in smaller disbursements if pursuing part-time study.

To be considered for the scholarship, candidates are encouraged to submit the completed application for admission to the MS in Global Affairs or Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime program by the Priority Application Deadline of January 15, 2020, and no later than March 15, 2020, for Fall 2020 candidates and by the Priority Application Deadline of September 15, 2020, and no later than November 15, 2020, for Spring 2021 candidates. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. 

If you would like to be considered for the CGA Graduate Scholarship, you must fill out this form.

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