Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence (MCTI)

Fall 2019 Admissions Open - Apply Now

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.

The MCTI program is a full­-time, course-based, one­-year program (3 semesters, or 12 months) during which you will complete:

  • five core courses;
  • one elective course; and
  • a culminating, independent project in conjunction with an industry partner.

Subject Areas

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

Application Deadlines

Applications are closed for Fall 2019. Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2020 entry:

  • Domestic Students: August 1, 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.

  • 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.

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, 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 will commence 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. (ISA) MCTI Entrance Scholarship

Established via a generous donation from Information Systems Architects (ISA), two ISA MCTI Entrance Scholarships of $5000 each are available to students registered in the Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program. Preference will be that one award goes to a female student and one to a male student. Selection will be based on the highest admission average. There is no application necessary.

Georgian Partners MCTI Entrance Scholarship

Established via generous donation from Georgian Partners, one MCTI Entrance Scholarship of $5000 is available to students registered in the Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program. Preference will be given to female students. Selection will be based on the highest admission average. There is no application necessary.

eSentire MCTI Entrance Scholarship

Established via generous donation from eSentire, one MCTI Entrance Scholarship of $5000 is available to students registered in the Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program. Preference will be given to female students. Selection will be based on the highest admission average. There is no application necessary.

The Cooperators MCTI Entrance Scholarship

Established via generous donation from The Cooperators, two MCTI Entrance Scholarship of $5000 each are available to students registered in the Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program. Preference will be that one award goes to a female student and one to a male student. Selection will be based on the highest admission average. There is no application necessary.

Inaugural Year Scholarships

Incoming students of the MCTI program with a minimum 80%(A-) admission average are eligible to receive a $5000 Inaugural Year Scholarship. There is no application necessary, as students who meet the requirements are automatically eligible upon admission to the program.

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 Partners, Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange, 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.