MS in Cybersecurity

MS in Cybersecurity

Batch Start Date - 28th December 2022

Key Benefits of the Program

  • INR10 Lakhs

    Significant savings of upto INR 10 Lakhs compared to studying full degree in USA

  • Upto36 Months

    Eligible for PGWP/Post Study Work/OPT visa application after graduation

  • INR69 Lakhs

    Average salary in USA after completion of the course

Program Structure and Fees

MS in Cybersecurity is a 2 Year course wherein Year 1 you will be studying online with IIIT Bangalore. Tuition fees for the Online course is INR 3 Lakhs (inclusive of taxes). For Year 2, you will be going to the USA and studying on-campus at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. Tuition fees for Johnson & Wales University is approximately USD 20,898. You will also have to incur approximately USD 20,144 (Fees are subject to change depending upon intakes and admission year) per annum as living costs in the USA.
  1. Country


    Course Name

    • Advanced Certificate Program in Cyber Security


    • Applicants must have scored minimum of 55% or above marks in their class 10th, 12th and graduation. Maximum backlogs (ATKTs) accepted will be 10.

    Tuition Fees

    INR 3,00,000 (including taxes)

    Cost of Living


    Mode of Teaching



    8 months

  2. Country


    Course Name

    • MS in Cybersecurity


    • The applicant must complete the Advanced Certificate Program in Cyber Security from IIIT, Bangalore with 2.4 or above CGPA on the band of 4.
    • IELTS of >= 6.5 or TOEFL of >= 80 or Duolingo >= 110.

    Tuition Fees

    ~ USD 20,898

    Cost of Living

    ~ USD 20,144* (Refer FAQs section)

    Mode of Teaching



    1 year

Other Benefits

  • Dual certification - IIITB as well as Johnson & Wales University, USA
  • Eligible to apply for upto 36-months STEM OPT after graduation
  • Online Sessions + Live Lectures
  • University-wide ranking in The Wall Street Journal Times Higher Education 2022 College Ranking
  • World Class Faculty Members & Industry Experts
  • Career Essential Soft Skills Program
  • Timely Doubt Resolution
  • 15:1 Student/Faculty Ratio
  • In-built IELTS prep to be provided by upGrad
  • 96.8% Career Outcomes (For an explanation of the career outcomes rate and other information, visit JWU Student Consumer Information)
About IIIT Bangalore

Known for its practice oriented learning and entrepreneurial support, IIIT Bangalore is an independent institution and a deemed university. Till date, IIIT Bangalore has incubated more than 20 startups and published more than 1000 publications. IIITB’s outstanding faculty, curriculum and pedagogy ensures that their graduate programs are ranked a

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About Johnson & Wales University

Located in the scenic Providence, Rhode Island, USA, Johnson & Wales University’s mission is to provide an exceptional education that inspires professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth, and focuses on purposeful learning experiences. Johnson & Wales University

 Providence, Rhode Island — Small town feel with the culture and sophistication of a big city

1. Providence, RI hosts more than 30,000 college students in the city and is diverse and welcoming
2. The city is a cultural hotspot, ranked as “America’s Favorite City” by readers of Travel + Leisure, Top 10 Best New Food City by Jetsetter, Best Small City by Architectural Digest, and many more accolades
3. With 25 official neighborhoods, you can explore the East Side of Providence with unique shops and restaurants along Thayer, Hope, and Wickenden streets, many Italian markets, restaurants, and bakeries in Federal Hill, and the Armory District on the West Side — many of which are a quick walk from our Downcity Campus
4. Filled with art and entertainment, you can walk to Trinity Repertory, Providence Performing Arts Center, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, and AS220 from our Downcity Campus
5. Visit a Providence Bruins or New England Patriots game
6. Explore other cities — Providence is just 45 minutes from Boston, Cape Cod, and Newport, and a quick 3-hour trip from New York City

Reasons for choosing at Johnson & Wales University

1. Multiple financial aids, bursaries and grants available for international students

2. Multiple internship opportunities 

3. 100+ major offered universitywide 

4. Over 2100 Internships per year

5. Accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) 

6. Global university impact with alumni in 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide

7. 15:1 Student/Faculty Ratio

8. University-wide ranking in The Wall Street Journal Times Higher Education 2022 College Ranking

9. Providence, Rhode Island campus ranking in U.S. News & World Report's Regional North's Best Colleges Overall and Top Performers on Social Mobility in 2022 

10. 96.8% Career Outcome*

*(For an explanation of the career outcomes rate and other information, visit JWU Student Consumer Information)

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About USA

“Why do international students prefer to study in USA?” There are several answers to the question. To start with, the country hosts more than a million international students and is one of the most popular global educational hubs. Universities and colleges in the US offer numerous

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Career Opportunities

Information Security

  • Security Analyst

    USD 69,977 Annually

  • Information Security Analyst

    USD 73,550 Annually

  • Security Administrator, IT

    USD 67,759 Annually

  • Systems Analyst

    USD 71,589 Annually


IIIT BangaloreAdvanced Certificate Program in Cyber Security


Johnson & Wales UniversityMS in Cybersecurity

  • 250+

    Hours of Content

  • 1:1

    Mentorship Sessions with Industry Experts

  • 25+

    Live Sessions

  • 4


Frequently Asked Questions

Course Curriculum

What is the MS in Cybersecurity with JWU?

The MS in Cybersecurity is an engaging yet rigorous 8 months online and 12-month on-campus program designed for students to develop practical knowledge and skills, establish a professional network and accelerate entry into cyber security careers. The student as part of this program will receive dual certification, an Advanced Certificate Program in Cyber Security from IIITB and a Master's degree from Johnson & Wales University, USA.

What type of learning experience should I expect?

The content will be a mix of interactive lectures from industry leaders as well as world-renowned faculty. Additionally, the Program comprises live lectures or hangout sessions dedicated to solving your academic queries and reinforcing your learning. On-campus curriculum is focused on classroom teaching as well as a capstone project in the last semester.

Is there any certification at the end of the program?

Post successful completion of the program, an Advanced Certificate Program in Cyber Security would be granted from IIIT Bangalore and an MS in Cybersecurity from JWU, USA.

About Partner University

Will I be supported for IELTS/TOEFL/PTE or other English language exams during this program?

Yes, upGrad will help you prepare for the English proficiency test to establish your current English proficiency to be eligible for the Master's program in the USA.

When will I go to Johnson & Wales University , USA?

Johnson & Wales University will have 2 intakes for students coming through this route. The first intake of the year will be Jan (winter) intake and the second intake of the year will be the August (Fall) intake. Though the application process for Johnson & Wales University will start during the IIITB online program, you will be able to go to Johnson & Wales University in the nearest intake which is atleast 3 months away from completion of your IIITB program.

When will I get Offer Letter from Johnson & Wales University?

upGrad will apply for you in Johnson & Wales University once all the documents are provided by you (as given in the offer letter issued to you by upGrad). Apart from the documents mentioned in the offer letter of Johnson & Wales University, you will have to give proof of English proficiency for application of admission in Johnson & Wales University. upGrad will support you to get your English proficiency scores within 3 months of the start of the batch to accelerate this process.

Is JWU accredited?

JWU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). The nation's oldest regional accrediting association, NECHE accredits educational institutions internationally. This accreditation encompasses the university's two campuses.

How will JWU help in finding internships and job opportunities after I complete a course?

A team of Career Advisors offers one-on-one and group sessions on career development topics, including resume writing, interview preparation, and labour market information research.

Can international students work to pay for their educational expenses?

Although there are a limited number of part-time, on-campus jobs for international students, the income from these jobs is only sufficient to provide “pocket money”; you will not earn enough income to pay for a significant portion of your educational expenses. The U.S. government prohibits international students from working outside the University.


How do I know if the program is right for me?

If you are interested in learning about how to secure IT systems and prevent data breaches, you are certainly cut out for an MS Information Security program. Additionally, the 20-month course is ideal for those who wish to stay ahead of hackers and possess the ability to apply information security solutions across varied scenarios.

My current role does not include exposure to Cybersecurity. Does it make sense for me to opt for this program?

Anybody who works in technology and is engaged in building an application should know the nuances of cybersecurity. It is only wise to think about security and train oneself for dealing with cyber threats. Professionals with education in cybersecurity are needed in almost all industries.

What is the application process for the program and what are the timelines?

You can start the application process by submitting the application. Applications have already started for the next cohort.

What is the selection process for this program?

To pursue the program, aspirants need to fill out an application form and take a short 20-minute online test. It is also critical for the applicants to at least have a 55% score in class 10th, 12th and graduation. . The process moves forward with our faculty reviewing the form and sending an offer letter to selected applicants. The shortlisted learners need to then block seats by paying the required amount.

Is there any minimum educational qualification required to take this program?

To be eligible for the program, the following criteria need to be fulfilled:  
- Applicants must have scored minimum of 55% or above marks in their class 10th, 12th and graduation. Maximum backlogs (ATKTs) accepted will be 10.
For Johnson & Wales University:
- IELTS of >= 6.5 or TOEFL of >=80 or Duolingo >=110.
- Advanced Certificate Program: The applicant should successfully complete the Advanced Certificate Program in Cyber Security from IIIT B with a minimum of 2.4 CGPA or above on the band of 4.

Time Commitment

What is the time commitment expected for the Program?

Upto 12-15 Hours/Week of time commitment is expected to be able to graduate from the program.

How will my doubts/questions be addressed in an Online Program?

Our dedicated Student Support Team is available 7 days a week from 09 AM to 09 PM IST to resolve your non-academic queries.
Email us at to receive a response within 24 hours. For any urgent queries, please use the Call-Back option on the learning platform and get a response within 2 working hours.
Additionally, an upGrad buddy will enhance the learners’ experience by engaging with them to ensure they are on track with upcoming deadlines, submissions, offer guidance, and resolve their non-academic queries.


Will upGrad help me in writing Academic and Visa SOP?

Yes, upGrad will help with your Academic and Visa SOP and will also organize training on how to write a good SOP.

How much are living expenses for a year in the USA?

Living expenses in the USA for international students are approximately USD 17,000.

What are the minimum funds requirements for an I-20 request?

The I20 fund's requirements for JWU is USD 41,042*
  1. 1: Tuition Fee - USD  20,898
    2: Living Expenses – USD 14,822*
            A. Housing costs – USD 12,212*
            B. Food costs – USD 2,610*
    3: Other Expenses – USD 5,322*
            A. International Student Fee/Student Activity Fee – USD 1,322*
            B. Books/Stationary – USD 1,500*
            C. Insurance – USD 2,500*
    *Fees are subject to change depending upon intakes and admission year.

Refund Policy

Is there any deferral or refund policy for this program?

Refund Policy: (Programs with prep-session component)
- Students must pay applicable caution money for the enrolment to the Program. This caution amount will be adjustable against the total Program fee payable by the student.
- You can claim a refund for the amount paid towards the Program at any time, before the Cohort Commencement Date, by visiting and submitting your refund form via the "My Application" section under your profile. A processing fee of INR 10,000/- will be levied. If less than INR 10,000/- have been paid in total, the student shall not be eligible for any refund in such a case.
- The student shall not be eligible for any refund under any circumstances if any such refund requests are raised post Cohort Commencement Date and the student will continue to pay the EMI for the loan (if applicable) and such loan cannot be cancelled. This is also applicable for those students who could not complete their payment and could not be enrolled in the cohort opted for. However, the student can raise a request for Pre-Program deferral as per the policy defined below for the same.
- In case of a refund, the student will be solely responsible for any cancellation of the loan, including but not limited to applicable loan cancellation charges levied on the total cancelled loan amount.
- Students must pay the full fee within 7 days of payment of Caution Money or Cohort Commencement Date, whichever is earlier, otherwise, the admission letter will be rescinded.
- Request for refund must be sent via e-mail in the prescribed Refund Request Form. The refund will be processed within 30 working days of commencement of the program after being duly approved by the Academic Committee.

Deferral Policy: (Pre-Program Commencement)
- If a student, due to unavoidable circumstances is unable to commence with the cohort and requests for a deferral before the cohort starts, we provide the opportunity for the student to defer to another batch.
- However, the student will be required to pay 50% of the total course fee amount (inclusive of taxes) before the deferral can be approved. Till this is completed, the student will be assumed to be continuing in the same cohort.
- A student can request for deferral only once and to either of the scheduled cohorts to start in the next 1 year from the batch start date of the initial batch the student enrolled for.
- The student has time till the current cohort launch date to make the payment of the 50% program fee, post which the deferral request will expire. Once the deferral window expires and the student now asks for a refund, the above-mentioned applicable refund policy will apply.
- The fee applicable to the deferred student will be as per prevailing fee for the batch student as opted to defer to (No additional deferral fee is required to be paid).

Deferral Policy: (Post Program Commencement)
- If a student is facing severe issues in dedicating time to the course, we provide the opportunity for the student to defer to another batch.
- A student can request for deferral only once and to either of the scheduled cohorts to start in the next 1 year from the batch start date of the initial batch the student enrolled for.
- The student will be required to pay deferral fees of 10% of the total course amount fee + Taxes if any along with the differential program fees between the two cohorts.
- The deferral request will be approved once the deferral fee is paid.
- Till this is completed, the student will be assumed to be continuing in the same cohort.
- The student has 7 days (including holidays and weekends) from the date of deferral request to make the payment of the deferral fee post which the deferral request will expire, and the student will continue as part of the current cohort.
- If the student completes the deferral payment, the student’s login will be disabled, the student will leave the deferred cohort and the student will start learning on the new cohort from the point of the last assignment that was graded in the deferred cohort. All grades and progress till that point will be carried forward as it is to the new cohort. For clarification, the grades of the graded assignments will be carried forward, whether the student had submitted these grading during the initial stage.
- The deferral can only be requested during the batch for which the student has enrolled is ongoing. Once the batch has been completed, deferral requests shall not be entertained. For clarification, the batch completion here shall mean the “last grace deadline” as communicated by upGrad.


No cost CC EMI FAQ's

0% EMI with Finance partners /Credit card option availability will vary program wise.

1. Which banks allow using 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
No cost EMI is available on credit cards from all major banks (American Express, Bank of Baroda, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Indus Ind Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, RBL Bank, Standard Chartered, Axis Bank, Yes Bank)

2. Is there any minimum transaction limit ?
Yes. 50000 is the minimum.

3. Standard Chartered Bank offers 18 or 24 months No Cost EMI ?
No. ONLY 12 months is available irrespective of the Program enrolled.

4. Will I have to pay any extra amount for EMI transaction?
If you are availing 0% credit card EMI, upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions. Your bank may levy GST or other taxes on the interest component of the EMI.

5. Are there any fees or down payment?
Certain banks charge nominal processing fees between INR 99 - 500 on 0% Credit Card EMI transaction. If charged, will be billed in the first repayment installment.

6. Can I use my International credit card for 0% credit EMI or Credit Card EMI?
Only the Indian bank credit cards can be used. But you can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions, this will be purely between you and your bank.

7. Are there any charges in case I opt for cancellation/refund from the course after paying balance with no cost EMI ?
Yes, there will be additional charges to the extent of interest paid by the upGrad to the bank, you will be refunded only Principal amount, i.e. the amount actually deducted/blocked from your card. This deduction will be in addition to the amount mentioned in the refund policy shared with your offer letter.

8. Can I Pay Using Multiple Credit Cards ?
Multiple cards can be used to complete the payments using Part payment option make sure to inform the learner, minimum transaction is INR 50000 to opt for 0% CC EMI E.g. Amount to be paid: 150000. I can pay using 2 Credit cards. Yes, Example :
HDFC Card – Part payment – INR 100000
ICICI Card – Part payment – INR 50000

9. How can I opt for Credit card EMI if my bank is not listed in the 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
You can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions.

10. Why is the entire amount blocked on my credit card?
Initially your bank will block the entire amount from your available purchase limit and from your next billing cycle, you will be charged the EMI amount. As you start paying your EMI, your credit limit will be released accordingly. For example, if you have made a payment of ₹100000 on 6-months EMI and your credit limit is ₹200,000 then initially your bank will block your credit limit by ₹100000. After payment of your first month EMI of Rs.15000, the blocked amount will come down to ₹85000.

11. Why is interest getting charged on No Cost EMI?
Your bank will charge you interest. However, this interest charge has been provided to you as an upfront discount at the time of your payment, effectively giving you the benefit of a No cost EMI. The total amount paid during the entire EMI tenure to the bank will be equal to the amount to be paid to upGrad.

Eg. Amount payable to upGrad: INR 405000
Let's say Amount deducted at the time of transaction: INR 379850 (Principal amount) Bank charges interest of 12-15% per annum on INR 379850
[Note: Interest factor is reducing rate and not Flat rate]
EMI AMOUNT = INR 33750 x 12 = INR 405000
Effectively, you have taken loan on 379,850 instead of 405,000

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