MS in Global Security, Conflict and Cyber Crime Curriculum


CORE CURRICULUM: The six-course core curriculum is designed to provide you with a deep and broad foundation in critical areas including: Cyber Law, Cyber Power & Global Security, Infrastructure Security and Resilience, Mission Assurance, and Cyber Organizations.

MSGSCC students are required to complete five elective courses. A wide range of study options are available and allow students to explore cutting-edge course content such as Organized Cybercrime, Cybercriminology, Transnational Terrorism, Disinformation and Narrative Warfare, among others.

MSGSCC career pathways are specialty tracks that provide students with the opportunity to concentrate their studies in the areas of Strategy & Planning, Intelligence & Analysis or Global Security & Cybercrime.

MSGSCC 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 demonstrate their cyber skills, analytical knowledge, and global security experience.

MSGSCC students can gain industry experience by completing a 1-3 credit internship that may lead to a permanent job.


The MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cyber Crime 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.


In addition to a flexible choice of electives, MSGSCC students also can opt to pursue one of three specialty tracks that are comprised of groups of electives. This allows them to focus their studies in a specific area of the cyber crime/global security discipline. Each track is 15 credits.

Strategy, Planning, & Policy Track
The Strategy, Planning, and Policy Track includes five courses that prepare you for leadership and management roles in global security. It is comprised of: Cyber Leadership, Risk Oversight & Resilience, Responding to Emergencies in the Global System, Strategic Risk Taking, and Private Sector Partnerships.

Intelligence & Analysis Track
The Intelligence & Analysis Track is a good choice for those students who wish to focus more in the area of analytics as as it relates to cyber crime and global security. Its five courses include: Advanced Colloquium: Its; Analytical Skills Global Affairs; Advanced Data Analysis Global Affairs; Intelligence & Counterintelligence; and Open Source Intelligence.

Global Security & Conflicts Track
The Global Security & Conflicts Track focuses heavily in the areas of cyber crime, and transnational security. Courses include: Terrorism, Tech & Internet; Transnational Security; Organized Cybercrime; Disinformation & Narrative Warfare; and Transnational Crime.


Earning a graduate degree is a major investment in yourself and in your future. To help with expenses, the Center for Global Affairs provides graduate students with the opportunity to apply to several scholarships that can help to defray the cost of earning your degree. To be considered for a Center for Global Affairs Scholarship, you must submit your completed application for admission to one of our programs by the priority application deadline of September 15th for Spring 2022 and fill out our CGA Graduate Scholarship form. In addition, the NYU School of Professional Studies also offers scholarships, click on the link below for details.

Academic Excellence Scholarship

Diversity Scholarship

The Global Citizen Scholarship

International Student Scholarship

US Military and Veterans’ Scholarship


Visit the Admissions Deadlines page to view the application deadlines.

Admissions Criteria

The NYU SPS Admissions team carefully weighs 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 NYU School of Professional Studies offers.


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