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MS in Cybersecurity (online)

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Cyber crime will cost the world trillions of dollars in the coming years, making it more lucrative than many other illegal activities combined. The online MS in Cybersecurity equips students with the most advanced prevention, detection and recovery methods necessary to defend against cyber attacks, making our graduates indispensable in virtually every industry.

Program Overview

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 30-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.

Fred behind a glass wall with marker board writing.

Cutting-edge techniques

Fred Scholl records a cybersecurity lecture for an online class.

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.”

Career Intelligence

The cybersecurity industry is constantly evolving, and real-time intelligence is crucial in understanding the current marketplace to stay ahead of cyber predators. The informational links below provide details on the current market demand. The data was collected through interviews and in-depth research, all led and prepared by the MS in Cybersecurity program director and associate teaching professor, Fred Scholl.

Cybersecurity Career Trends

Read about today’s underlying demand for cybersecurity professionals, including the most desirable skills and expected compensation.

Security Practitioners Must Keep Up with Changing Roles

The roles and responsibilities of information security practitioners will continue to undergo major changes over the next several years. Learn about some of these newer roles and job titles you can expect to see in today’s job market.

Cybersecurity Career Strategies: A View from the Top

Learn about the latest market trends as reported by the Society for Information Management’s (SIM) Annual IT Trends Survey. The 2019 survey of 793 organizations was published at the end of 2018 and provides the latest information on IT trends.

Cybersecurity Career Strategies: What Not to Do

Read about the top myths that are continually promoted in the cybersecurity industry and learn what to avoid so you can carve out your own career path.

The Path to Improved Cybersecurity Culture

According to a recent survey, there are both accomplishments and gaps seen in today’s cybersecurity culture across organizations. This post highlights the survey’s findings and discusses ways organizations can improve their cybersecurity culture.

To read more cybersecurity and graduate studies-related posts, visit the QU Online Blog:

Curriculum and Requirements

Master of Science in Cybersecurity Program of Study

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 (NSA/DHS). 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.

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.

Required core courses (30 credits):

  • CYB 501, Foundations of Cybersecurity (1 credit)
  • CYB 502, Introduction to Cyber Threats (1 credit)
  • CYB 503, Introduction to Cyber Defense (1 credit)
  • CYB 550, Cyber Policy (3 credit)
  • CYB 540, Introduction to Secure Networking (1 credit)
  • CYB 509, Operating Systems Security (1 credit)
  • CYB 517, Introduction to Cryptography (1 credit)
  • CYB 524, Database Security (1 credit)
  • CYB 526, Non-relational Database Security (1 credit)
  • CYB 670, IoT Security (1 credit)
  • CYB 506, Introduction to Programming for Security Professionals (1 credit)
  • CYB 660, Programming for Security Analytics (1 credit)
  • CYB 661, Programming for Security Automation (1 credit)
  • CYB 662, Secure Web Applications Design (1 credit)
  • CYB 663, Secure Web Applications Engineering (1 credit)
  • CYB 664, Web Applications Security Testing (1 credit)
  • CYB 665, Workforce Access Security (1 credit)
  • CYB 667, B2C Access Security (1 credit)
  • CYB 669, B2B Access Security (1 credit)
  • CYB 680, Introduction to Cloud Security (1 credit)
  • CYB 681, Securing Workloads in AWS (1 credit)
  • CYB 682, Securing Workloads in Azure (1 credit)
  • CYB 683, Resilient Systems Design and Development (1 credit)
  • CYB 684, Resilient Systems Testing (1 credit)
  • CYB 685, Operating Resilient Systems (1 credit)
  • CYB 691, Capstone I (1 credit)
  • CYB 692, Capstone II (2 credits)