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MS in Cybersecurity (online)

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Introduction

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 them indispensable in virtually every industry.

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.

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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.”

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:

Core Requirements
CYB 500Special Topics Cyber Security3
CYB 501Security I (Intro to Security Design)1
CYB 502Security II (Intro to Cyber Threats)1
CYB 503Security III (Intro to Cyber Defense)1
CYB 504Systems I (Systems Administration)1
CYB 505Systems II (IT Infrastructure)1
CYB 506Systems III (Systems Programming)1
CYB 509Operating Systems I (Processes)1
CYB 510Operating Systems II (Storage)1
CYB 511Operating Systems III (Performance)1
CYB 515Theory of Computation II (Computability)1
CYB 514Theory of Computation I (Automata)1
CYB 516Theory of Computation III (Compexity)1
CYB 517Cryptography I (Symmetric-Key Systems)1
CYB 518Cryptography II (Public-Key Systems and Digital Signatures)1
CYB 519Cryptography III (Security Protocols and Advanced Topics)1
CYB 524Database I (Relational Databases)1
CYB 525Database II (Database Management Systems)1
CYB 526Database III (NoSQL and BigData)1
CYB 540Networking I (Intro to Networking)1
CYB 541Networking II (Networking Infrastructure)1
CYB 550Cyber Policy3
CYB 610Operating Systems IV (Security)1
CYB 625Database IV (Database Security)1
CYB 640Networking III (Intro to Network Defense)1
CYB 641Networking IV (Advanced Networking Defense)1
CYB 650Cyber Operations1
CYB 660Scripting for Investigations1
CYB 670Embedded Device Security1
CYB 691Capstone I1
CYB 692Capstone II2
Total Credits36