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Admissions Process

Admissions Process


1. Completed Application:  Found Online
($55 fee; waived for CHC graduates and Information Session attendees) 

2. Official sealed transcripts of all previous college and university study (Applicants must have graduated, or anticipate graduating, from an accredited institution with a four-year bachelor's degree; waived for applicants whose most recent college is CHC.)

3. Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources. Recent graduates are expected to submit at least one academic recommendation; professional sources should be in supervisory roles, references from family or friends will not be accepted.

4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) describing all education, professional, work, and volunteer experience, and appropriate information regarding knowledge, skills, and abilities that will support your success in the program and profession.

5. Professional Goals Essay - The Goals Essay should be between 500-750 words (2-3 pages double-spaced) describing your academic and professional goals, your motivation to attend graduate school, and how you hope to contribute to your program and profession upon earning a Master’s degree. In your essay you should address the following issues: 

  • Discuss how your current technical skills will serve as a foundation for learning cybersecurity methods and techniques in your program and profession.
  • What areas of cybersecurity practice interest you?  What industry, agency, or organization would you want to pursue your areas of interest?

Please proofread, as the essay will be evaluated for both content and grammar as a part of the admissions process.


International Requirements

In addition to all other application requirements, official transcript evaluations of degree(s) earned outside the United States are required for all domestic and international students (translation must be from a creditable organization such as WES orECE)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are required for all international students whose first language is not English unless they have successfully completed an approved ESL/FSL program. 



After all requirements are received, qualified applicants will be contacted by email to schedule a program interview with the Graduate Program Coordinator to arrange an interview. 

Upon submission of all criteria, the application is reviewed by the admissions committee which includes the Director of Graduate Admissions, the Department Advisor, the Graduate Dean and, if applicable, the Director of Global Education. The applicant is notified of the decision regarding acceptance or non-acceptance.  Decisions are based on the strength of required criteria; correlation of applicant goals with program goals; ability to contribute to a collaborative learning environment as demonstrated throughout the admissions process.  This includes appropriate and professional verbal and written correspondence.



Chestnut Hill College has a rolling admissions policy for graduate applicants and will review documents as they are received.  In order to allow time for the admissions review prior to registration, the committee recommends that a completed application is on file by the following dates:

  • Fall Semester - July 1st
  • Spring Semester - November 1st
  • Summer Semester – April 1st



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