5 Tips to Prepare for SUTD Masters of Science in Security by Design (MSSD)

Here might be some thoughts on your mind right now:

  • I want to do a Masters program in Cyber Security

Fret not! Whether you are an undergraduate or a working professional, this article will help you to prepare!

In this article, I’ll be going through 5 tips:

  1. Education

Without any delay, lets start!

1. Education

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From SUTD MSSD’s website, they mentioned the following:

An applicant should possess:

a. A bachelor’s degree in computer science or any branch of engineering; or

b. A bachelor’s degree in a related discipline with two years ICT industry experience.

Sorry arts or business students! You can still apply but the chances are really slim.

For those with related discipline in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), you will definitely stand a higher chance. To boost your chance further, your best bet will be at least a honors classification on your Bachelors degree as well. I believe SUTD admission committee looks at the applicant holistically, so those without a honors classification, can use your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Statement of Interest/Motivation to boost your chances. I will explain in details in next sections of this article.

2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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SUTD requires you to send in your CV, so here some tips to craft your CV for the Masters programme:

  1. If you are still graduating from your Bachelors programme soon, ensure that you did some kind of tech internship or some tech related projects.

3. Statement of Interest/Motivation

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Personally, I think that this is one of the more crucial parts of the application documents. Obviously, I can’t share my statement of interest/motivation with you but I can give some tips on writing a decent statement:

  1. You should include the introduction to the statement of interest/motivation. Your introduction should consist of a summary of your education and your desire/motivation to study cyber security.

4. Learn to code

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This section is important. Coding will be tested as part of an technical assessment. Failing this technical assessment would decrease your chances significantly. But do not fret, the technical assessment would not be a Google/Facebook level problem soling based coding test. This technical assessment will test on your logic and general programming competencies. If you are not familiar with programming at all, I suggest that you start reading up on Python programming, C++ programming and Java Programming. These language are supported by the admission committee.

5. Interview Round

If you have made it through the technical assessment and you get a chance for a virtual interview with the programme director, here are some tips to prepare for it:

  1. read up on fundamentals of computer networking

Hope these tips can serve you well. Good luck for your interviews! Peace! ✌️