Study Programme Details
City: Hamilton
Country: New Zealand
Admission Sessions: Autumn Session, Spring Session
Study Format: Full Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

Master's degree


18 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Embark on a transformative journey in the realm of cybersecurity with our Master of Cyber Security. This program provides an exceptional opportunity to cultivate the skills required to become a specialist in this ever-evolving field. Addressing the increasing international demand for trained cybersecurity professionals, our graduates actively contribute to fulfilling the New Zealand Government’s Cyber Security Strategy, making this master’s degree the pioneering force in New Zealand.


Pursuing your Master of Cyber Security (MCS) at Waikato is not just an educational pursuit; it’s a commitment to developing a comprehensive understanding of the technical, legal, policy, and management facets of cybersecurity. Over the course, you’ll delve into cloud computing technologies, computer infrastructure, and the legal landscape surrounding cybersecurity.

Your journey includes acquiring skills in detecting security breaches, implementing preventative security measures, and engaging in offensive security, including computer system penetration testing. As a student at Waikato, you’ll benefit from the guidance of award-winning cybersecurity experts, and our faculty’s strong international ties with industry and government bodies, such as the National Cyber Policy Office and INTERPOL.

Admission Requirements

  • For admission into the MCS, students will need to have completed a relevant bachelor’s degree or postgraduate diploma, normally in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. You will need an average of at least B in your 300 level or higher Computer Science papers.
  • an Academic IELTS Overall score of at least 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band), or
  • a TOEFL iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 90 with a Writing score of 21, or
  • a TOEFL iBT Home Edition overall score of 90 with a Writing score of 21, or
  • a B grade or better at Level 8 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
  • a PTE Academic overall score of 56 with no band less than 46, or
  • a Language Cert International ESOL (LRWS) C1 Expert with an overall high pass and no less than a pass in each skill, or
  • a Language Cert International ESOL (LRWS) B2 Communicator with 38-50 score per skill, or
  • awarded a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5), or
  • a Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III with a pass in all four components, or
  • a B2 First (formally known as Cambridge English: First (FCE)) with an overall score of 176 and no bands below 169, or
  • a C2 Proficiency (formally known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)) with an overall score of 176 and no bands below 169, or
  • a Michigan English Test (formally known as Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)) minimum score of 59.


  • COMPX518 Cyber Security
  • COMPX519 Malware Analysis and Penetration Testing
  • COMPX527 Secure Cloud Application Engineering
  • Choose one of COMPX513 or COMPX515
  • LEGAL526 Legal Aspects of Cyber Security (30 points)

Domestic $8,276 – $9,292 per year

International $41,730 (120 pts) $62,600 (180 pts)

Future Career Outcomes

Our Master of Cyber Security program is designed to align with industry demands, ensuring that graduates are not just qualified but sought after in the ever-evolving job market. Real-world examples of successful alumni showcase the tangible impact of our program, as students develop the skills necessary for a rapidly advancing cybersecurity landscape.

Visa Requirements:

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