Cybersecurity skills for every profession
With cybercrime on the rise, sensitive personal and financial information in corporations, health care organizations, law firms, banks, educational institutions and elsewhere is perpetually at risk. Thanks to these unique dual-degree programs, students of all undergraduate backgrounds have the chance to seamlessly earn an MS in Cybersecurity and learn the tools and tactics needed to mitigate that risk.
This flexible program can be completed in under five years and complements many diverse majors, from computer science and software engineering to criminal justice, business administration and a variety of health science programs. By combining their undergraduate backgrounds with knowledge of such subjects as IT infrastructure, cryptography and cloud security, graduates make themselves invaluable to employers in many professional settings.
Hands-on courses are taught by world-class security experts, and the MS program culminates in a capstone project utilizing commercial or open source security tools. Students have access to a dedicated adviser throughout, who is also the MS in Cybersecurity program director, and special programming and networking opportunities are available through a career development specialist.
By the Numbers
About Online Learning
Flexible scheduling meets world-class education
Our MS in Cybersecurity is offered entirely online. Online learning with Quinnipiac University delivers the guided educational experience of a traditional, instructor-led environment coupled with the schedule flexibility needed for adult learners to succeed. Innovative teaching methods and asynchronous classes enable students to work at their own pace, while also enjoying peer interaction and a collaborative learning experience to maximize their learning outcomes.
A clear path to success
Our dual-degree programs enable you to create a seamless plan to complete your undergraduate and graduate studies.
We’ve made the application process simple: When you are accepted into a dual-degree program, you are enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate components. This unique approach eliminates the need to find another graduate program, take additional tests for admission or complete a separate admission process.
The academic experience has been structured to ensure that your undergraduate and graduate courses complement one another. The dual-degree programs emphasize the skills employers value — including leadership, critical thinking and creative problem solving. They also reflect our commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, experiential learning and career development.
Curriculum and Requirements
You may combine any of our undergraduate majors with the MS in Cybersecurity program, however some may be particularly complementary depending on your future career goals.
Dual-Degree BA/MS or BS/MS in Cybersecurity (4+1)
Program of Study
For information on the undergraduate portion of the dual-degree, please refer to the page for the desired major. The program is open to students from any major with a 3.0 GPA or higher who have taken Programming & Problem Solving (CSC 110) and Data Structures and Abstraction (CSC 111).
The core of the 30-credit master of science in cybersecurity is made up of coursework that embodies the knowledge units set forth by the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). Degree coursework culminates with a capstone project that challenges students to examine the architecture of a complex system, identify vulnerabilities, and determine the specific security approaches that should be employed.
|MS in Cybersecurity Curriculum|
|CYB 501||Foundations of Cyber Security||1|
|CYB 502||Introduction to Cyber Threats||1|
|CYB 503||Introduction to Cyber Defense||1|
|CYB 506||Introduction to Programming for Security Professionals||1|
|CYB 509||Operating Systems Security||1|
|CYB 517||Introduction to Cryptography||1|
|CYB 524||Relational Database Security||1|
|CYB 526||Non-Relational Database Security||1|
|CYB 540||Introduction to Secure Networking||1|
|CYB 550||Cyber Policy||3|
|CYB 660||Programming for Security Analytics||1|
|CYB 661||Programming for Security Automation||1|
|CYB 662||Secure Web Applications Design||1|
|CYB 663||Secure Web Applications Engineering||1|
|CYB 664||Web Applications Security Testing||1|
|CYB 665||Workforce Access Security||1|
|CYB 667||B2C Access Security||1|
|CYB 669||B2B Access Security||1|
|CYB 670||IoT Security||1|
|CYB 680||Introduction to Cloud Security||1|
|CYB 681||Securing Workloads in AWS||1|
|CYB 682||Securing Workloads in Azure||1|
|CYB 683||Resilient System Design and Development||1|
|CYB 684||Resilient System Testing||1|
|CYB 685||Operating Resilient Systems||1|
|CYB 691||Capstone I||1|
|CYB 692||Capstone II||2|
Additional course details
Explore descriptions, schedule and instructor information using the Course Finder tool.
Only currently enrolled students may apply to this program.
Application materials are due the third week of February of the student’s junior year. Application materials include:
- A one-page statement that explains your decision to pursue graduate education
- A current resume
- Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a Quinnipiac professor in your major)
Submit your application
Students should submit their applications to the director of the cybersecurity program, Frederick Scholl.