Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence (MCTI)
With the number of global cyber-attacks on the rise, the industry demand for professionals in cybersecurity and threat intelligence has never been higher.
"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."
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.
The MCTI program is a full-time, course-based, one-year program (3 semesters, or 12 months). Complete course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Calendar. This program offers the following course structure to MCTI students:
- An instructor-led course-based component (two semesters):
- CIS*6510 Cybersecurity and Defence in Depth
- CIS*6520 Advanced Digital Forensics and Incident Response
- CIS*6530 Cyber Threat Intelligence and Adversarial Risk Analysis
- CIS*6540 Advanced Penetration Testing and Exploit Development
- CIS*6550 Privacy, Compliance, and Human Aspects of Cybersecurity
- A culminating, independent project in conjunction with an industry partner or faculty member (one semester).
- CIS*6560 Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence Project
- Students can select from the following list of electives to fulfill the remaining 0.50 graduate credit:
- CIS*6570 Advanced Cryptography and Cryptanalysis
- CIS*6580 Security Monitoring and Cyber Threat Hunting
- malware and forensic analysis
- cyber physical systems security
- cryptography and blockchains
- usable security
- mobile security
Applications are closed for Fall 2019. Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2020 entry:
- Domestic Students: August 15, 2020
- International Students: July 1, 2020
We encourage International applicants to apply a minimum of 6-9 months in advance of the above deadline to ensure study permits can be processed in time for admission. Please see the Office of Graduate 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.
- 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.
- An English proficiency test is required for applicants whose first language is not English.
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, students will complete a project with an industry partner that should advance knowledge or practice, and address an emerging challenge in security and privacy.
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.
The Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program commenced in Fall 2019. Tuition for domestic students is targeted at $22,500. Tuition for international students is $42,000. For more information on fee structure, 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.
Georgian Partners 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Partners, Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange, Microsoft, EY, Fireeye, Longview Systems, Stratejm, Rank Software 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.