Admission Requirements

The following items are required in order to be admitted into the program:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Official transcripts showing a 3.0/4.0 GPA on the last 60 units of undergraduate study. (Transcripts are required from all undergraduate institutions)
  • Educational qualifications and/or work experience in the following areas:
    • Computer Programming (C++, Java, Python, .NET, or another high-level language)
    • Data Structures (equivalent to Pacific's COMP 53)
    • Don't have this experience yet? You could take this course at Pacific or another institution prior to starting the Cybersecurity program
  • Personal Statement
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
  • Resume

Neither the GRE nor the GMAT is required for admission to this program.

For additional information, refer to General Requirements from the Office of Graduate Admission for all students. (Note that the GRE test is not required for the Cybersecurity program)

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Personal Statement

The purpose of the personal statement is to allow applicants to demonstrate their motivation, skills, and abilities that will contribute to their academic success in our program. While there is no specific format required for this statement, applicants are advised to give particular consideration to:

  • Academic credentials
  • Experience (in school or in the workforce) in computer programming and discrete math
  • Commitment and personal stamina to undertake fast paced, intensive academic program
  • Enthusiasm for this particular course of study

International Students

Please refer to additional requirements from the Office of Graduate Admission for international students. To complete your online application, you will need to:

  1. Mail an official university transcript (sealed, in the English language) to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied by an official English translation.
    • Office of Graduate Admissions
      University of the Pacific
      Knoles Hall 2nd Floor, Room 207 B
      3601 Pacific Avenue
      Stockton, CA 95211-0110
  2. Obtain an evaluation of your university transcript, showing a course-by-course US equivalency report. You will be prompted to obtain this report from WES as part of the GradCAS online application process, and the results will be delivered electronically. Or, if you choose another approved vendor, the report should be mailed to:
    • GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
      PO Box 9217
      Watertown, MA 02471
  3. Submit the Certification of Finances form to the Office of Graduate Admissions by email or mail. Government regulations require that international students provide evidence that they are able to meet the financial requirements of their education, living expenses, and miscellaneous costs.
  4. Take an English proficiency examination if your first language is not English. Either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is permitted.
    • TOEFL iBT minimum score: 80. The TOEFL score should be submitted to GradCAS electronically via code #B886.
    • IELTS minimum score: 6.5. The IELTS score should be submitted to Pacific electronically via school code 4065.