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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:


Faculty dedicated to student success

Quinnipiac’s Software Engineering professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is the number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors and a close-knit community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, certified, leading professionals

Curriculum and Requirements

Master of Science in Cybersecurity
Program of Study

The following courses are core requirements of the Cybersecurity program:

Core Requirements
CYB 501Foundations of Cyber Security1
CYB 502Introduction to Cyber Threats1
CYB 503Introduction to Cyber Defense1
CYB 506Introduction to Programming for Security Professionals1
CYB 509Operating Systems Security1
CYB 517Introduction to Cryptography1
CYB 524Relational Database Security1
CYB 526Non-Relational Database Security1
CYB 540Introduction to Secure Networking1
CYB 550Cyber Policy3
CYB 660Programming for Security Analytics1
CYB 661Programming for Security Automation1
CYB 662Secure Web Applications Design1
CYB 663Secure Web Applications Engineering1
CYB 664Web Applications Security Testing1
CYB 665Workforce Access Security1
CYB 667B2C Access Security1
CYB 669B2B Access Security1
CYB 670IoT Security1
CYB 680Introduction to Cloud Security1
CYB 681Securing Workloads in AWS1
CYB 682Securing Workloads in Azure1
CYB 683Resilient System Design and Development1
CYB 684Resilient System Testing1
CYB 685Operating Resilient Systems1
CYB 691Capstone I1
CYB 692Capstone II2
Total Credits30

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.

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