Be the first line of cyber defense
Cyber crime tactics have grown increasingly sophisticated in recent years, leaving banks, law firms, health care organizations and all manner of companies vulnerable to attack. Quinnipiac’s MS in Cybersecurity is a technically focused program designed for students with computer science backgrounds who are interested in learning the skills necessary to counter these threats.
This 36-credit program is completed entirely online, and teaches IT infrastructure, networking technology, database security, cryptography and the advanced cyber operations management skills needed to assume a leadership position in the rapidly evolving field of cybersecurity. Our program’s curriculum is closely aligned with the knowledge units established by the NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.
The program is also open to non-degree seeking students interested in taking individual course modules as stackable credentials to expand their current knowledge in critical focus areas.
About Online Learning
Flexible scheduling meets world-class education
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.
Faculty Spotlight: Fred Scholl
Arming the future of cybersecurity
Professor Frederick Scholl, director of Quinnipiac’s online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, believes that since cyber crime is everyone’s problem, cybersecurity should be everyone’s responsibility as well.
“My vision and the vision of Quinnipiac is to make cybersecurity technology as accessible to as many people as we can,” Scholl said.
Scholl earned his PhD from Cornell University, and graduated from Harvard’s internet law program in 2001. He worked in research and product development for 13 years, was a consultant on Wall Street and worked as a security manager for Nissan America. To date, he holds 13 U.S. patents.
As an academic, Scholl taught at Vanderbilt University and also helped design and launch the College of Computing & Technology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Scholl’s extensive knowledge, diverse professional experience and industry connections enable him to guide a program that is purposefully evolving and in-tune with both current and future cybersecurity trends.
“We want our students to be lifetime learners of security,” he said. “We want to be a resource for them because the field is changing so quickly.”
Curriculum and Requirements
Master of Science in Cybersecurity
Program of Study
The core of the 36-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 course work 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.
For individuals working in the field seeking to fine tune their current skill sets without immediately pursuing a complete degree, you may elect to take any of the 1-credit courses listed below as stackable credentials. Any credits earned may be applied toward the completion of a degree at the later date.
The following courses are core requirements of the Cybersecurity program:
|CYB 500||Special Topics Cyber Security||3|
|CYB 501||Security I (Intro to Security Design)||1|
|CYB 502||Security II (Intro to Cyber Threats)||1|
|CYB 503||Security III (Intro to Cyber Defense)||1|
|CYB 504||Systems I (Systems Administration)||1|
|CYB 505||Systems II (IT Infrastructure)||1|
|CYB 506||Systems III (Systems Programming)||1|
|CYB 509||Operating Systems Security (Processes)||1|
|CYB 510||Operating Systems II (Storage)||1|
|CYB 511||Operating Systems III (Performance)||1|
|CYB 515||Theory of Computation II (Computability)||1|
|CYB 514||Theory of Computation I (Automata)||1|
|CYB 516||Theory of Computation III (Compexity)||1|
|CYB 517||Cryptography I (Symmetric-Key Systems)||1|
|CYB 518||Cryptography II (Public-Key Systems and Digital Signatures)||1|
|CYB 519||Cryptography III (Security Protocols and Advanced Topics)||1|
|CYB 524||Database I (Relational Databases)||1|
|CYB 525||Database II (Database Management Systems)||1|
|CYB 526||Non-relational Database Security||1|
|CYB 540||Networking I (Intro to Networking)||1|
|CYB 541||Networking II (Networking Infrastructure)||1|
|CYB 550||Cyber Policy||3|
|CYB 610||Operating Systems IV (Security)||1|
|CYB 625||Database IV (Database Security)||1|
|CYB 640||Networking III (Intro to Network Defense)||1|
|CYB 641||Networking IV (Advanced Networking Defense)||1|
|CYB 650||Cyber Operations||1|
|CYB 660||Scripting for Investigations||1|
|CYB 670||Embedded Device Security||1|
|CYB 691||Capstone I||1|
|CYB 692||Capstone II||2|
To qualify for admission into the MS in Cybersecurity program, candidates must have completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in computer science or a related field. Students with a minor in computer science, or those with documented course work in introductory programming, data structures, discrete mathematics and algorithms are also candidates for decision.
Work experience and/or significant prior course work in cybersecurity is strongly considered in the admission process. Standardized test scores (such as GMAT or GRE) submitted by the students in support of the application also are considered but not required.
Please note that admission is competitive and that meeting the minimum admission standards does not guarantee acceptance. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and students may apply to enter during the fall or spring semesters. Candidates are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible to ensure consideration for the semester desired. Applications are evaluated once all materials and fees are received by Quinnipiac. Students can expect to receive a decision within four weeks of submitting a completed application.
A complete application consists of the following:
- Application form
- $45 application fee
- Updated resume
- Personal statement
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed