Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence (MCTI)

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With the number of global cyber-attacks on the rise, the industry demand for professionals in cybersecurity and threat intelligence has never been higher.

Christopher Young

"We’re approaching a cyber security talent shortage of 2 million people worldwide in the next 3 to 5 years. Every cyber-security provider can contribute, and when we’re joined by respected education institutions like the University of Guelph, our combined effort makes the world safer."

- Christopher D. Young, CEO, McAfee

Program Information

The Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence (MCTI) is a unique, cutting-edge program that offers professionals the potential for a demanding and exciting career in cybersecurity, cyber threat intelligence and digital forensics within the Canadian or global landscape. Graduates of this program become leaders in security analysis and design, threat intelligence, Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM), intrusion prevention, malware analysis, penetration testing, cryptography engineering and digital forensics.

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The Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence (MCTI) is a course-based program that offers students full-time and part-time options.

Our Full-time program can be completed within one­-year (3 semesters, or 12 months). Students will complete five core courses, one elective course and a culminating, independent project wherein students produce an evidence-based solution to a complex security problem in partnership with an industry partner or academic expert.

Our Part-time program is designed for busy working professionals who wish to continue working while completing their MCTI degree. The part-time MCTI can be completed between 24 to 36 months. Requirements of the part-time MCTI program include the completion of five core courses and three elective courses (eight courses total).

Complete course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Calendar.


This program offers the following course structure to MCTI students:

  • CIS*6510 [0.50] Cybersecurity and Defense in Depth
  • CIS*6520 [0.50] Advanced Digital Forensics and Incident Response
  • CIS*6530 [0.50] Cyber Threat Intelligence and Adversarial Risk Analysis
  • CIS*6540 [0.50] Advanced Penetration Testing and Exploit Development
  • CIS*6550 [0.50] Privacy, Compliance, and Human Aspects of Cybersecurity
  • CIS*6570 [0.50] Advanced Cryptography and Cryptanalysis
  • CIS*6580 [0.50] Security Monitoring and Cyber Threat Hunting
  • CIS*6590 [0.50] Professional Seminar in Cybersecurity
  • CIS*6670 [0.50] Special Topics in Cybersecurity

Subject Areas

  • malware and forensic analysis
  • cyber physical systems security
  • cryptography and blockchains
  • privacy
  • usable security
  • mobile security

Application Deadlines

Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2022 intake. Admission to the MCTI program is available once annually in the Fall semester only. The application deadlines for Fall 2022 are as follows:

  • International Students: May 1, 2022*
  • Domestic Students: June 1, 2022

*We encourage International applicants to apply 6-9 months in advance of this deadline in order to ensure study permits can be processed in time for admission. Please see the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Recommendations for International Applicants for suggested application timeline.


How to Apply

Please apply online at Applying to Guelph. We will process applications after we receive proof of payment of the application fee and all required documentation. Please note, we will not be able to pre-evaluate any documents or any applications, and must receive all the required documentation before your application can be examined.

We're offering two online sessions to help you learn about the program and answer frequently asked questions. To register, please visit http://bit.ly/3q6JYVe to reserve your spot.

  • March Info Session: Friday March 26 from 10am to 11am EST.
  • Applicants require a four-year honours degree in computer science or computer engineering, or another discipline with a minor in computer science or computer engineering.
  • A minimum average of 75% during the last four semesters of full-time study is required.
  • Relevant experience or background knowledge of Data Communication and Networking and Computer Programming
  • Applicants with proven skills and working experience in cybersecurity may be considered.
  • A valid English proficiency test is required for applicants whose first language is not English.

Full Admission Requirements

The curriculum for the MCTI program is unique in its core focus on highly desirable and diverse security skills including threat intelligence using artificial intelligence techniques, Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM), intrusion prevention, malware analysis, penetration testing, and computer forensics, and in its integration of experiential lab-based learning.

The innovative curriculum is complemented with experiential learning opportunities developed in support of this proposed program will prepare students for fulfilling and challenging careers in the security field. To keep the curriculum relevant to the industry needs, a Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, consisting of partners from the industry has been formed. These industry partners have also agreed to serve as long-term advisors to the program and they will be responsible for providing feedback on curriculum and other potential areas of program improvement.

In addition to coursework, full-time students will have the option to complete a project with an industry partner that should advance knowledge or practice, and address an emerging challenge in security and privacy.

CIS*6560 [1.00] Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence Project

The proposed program is made possible through in-kind investments of upwards of $2 million by industry partners McAfee Canada, Cisco Systems, IBM, BlackBerry, eSentire, and Kaspersky Lab. The experiential learning will leverage opensource and proprietary security software from our industry partners including Cisco Systems, IBM, Kaspersky Lab and McAfee. The experiential learning will take place in in a new state-of-the-art cybersecurity teaching lab, the Security Operations Centre, which will enable students to work with real and simulated security attacks independently and collaboratively.

Ali Dehghantanha, Faculty and Director, Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence Program

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Charlie Obimbo, Faculty, Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence Program

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Hassan Khan, Faculty, Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence Program

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Rozita Dara, Faculty, Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence Program

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Xiaodong Lin, Faculty, Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence Program

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An Nguyen, Industry Liaison Officer, Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence Program

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Jennifer Hughes, Graduate Program Assistant, Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence Program

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The Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program was launched in Fall 2019. Full-time tuition for domestic students is approximately $24,000 ($8,000/semester). Full-time tuition for international students is approximately $46,000 ($15,000/semester). For more information on the fee structure for full-time and part-time tuition, please visit Guelph Graduate Fees.

Information Systems Architects Inc. Scholarships in Cyber Security [I5991]

Students registered with the School of Computer Science in the Master of Cyber Security and Threat Intelligence program. Not tenable with other awards offered in the Master of Cyber Security and Threat Intelligence program. Preference will be one award to a female student and one award to a male student.  Application is not required.

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Georgian Scholarship in Cyber Security [E5993]

Students entering the Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program in the School of Computer Science. Preference will be given to a female student.  Not tenable with other awards that are restricted to Master of Cyber Security and Threat Intelligence program. Application is not required.

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eSentire Scholarship in Cyber Security [E5994]

Students entering the Master of Cyber Security and Threat Intelligence program in the School of Computer Science. Preference given to a female student.  Not tenable with other awards that are restricted to Master of Cyber Security and Threat Intelligence program. Application is not required.

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Co-operators Scholarships in Cybersecurity [E6002]

Students entering the Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program in the School of Computer Science. Preference will be given to to award one award to a female student and one award to a male student.  Not tenable with other awards offered in the Master of Cyber Security and Threat Intelligence program. Application is not required.

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Longview Systems Scholarship in Cybersecurity [E6010]

Students entering the Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program in the School of Computer Science. Selection is based on the highest admission average. Not tenable with other awards offered in the Master of Cyber Security and Threat Intelligence program. Application is not required.

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Canadian Tire Scholarship in Cybersecurity [E6030]

Students entering the Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program in the School of Computer Science. Selection is based on the highest admission average. Not tenable with other awards offered in the Master of Cyber Security and Threat Intelligence program. Application is not required.

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Leveraging AI for Incident Response; Lessons from the Front Lines

Date: March 12 at 10am EST

Registeration today at https://www.siberx.org/

MCTI Virtual Information Session - Join us to learn about this exciting program and have your questions answer by our Program Director, Dr. Ali Dehghantanha

Date: March 26 at 10am to 11am EST

Register today at http://bit.ly/3q6JYVe


Industry Partners

The Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program is made possible through in-kind contributions from industry partners McAfee Canada, Information Systems Architects (ISA), Cisco Systems, Kaspersky Lab, RCMP, eSentire, BlackBerry, IBM, the Cooperators, Georgian, Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange, Microsoft, EY, Fireeye, Longview Systems, Stratejm, and Toronto Police. These funds have supported the creation of a new cybersecurity teaching lab and the University of Guelph Security Operations Centre, which enable rich experiential learning activities that set this program apart from similar programs in Canada.