Quinnipiac University School of Engineering

Master of Science in


  30 Credits

  5 Semesters to Complete

  $975 Cost per credit

  Next Application Deadline: August 19

by the Numbers:


Growth in employment for information security analysts between 2018 and 2028


Average salary for those holding a Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree

$124 Billion

In worldwide spending on Information Security in 2019

Secure Your Future In A Rapidly Growing Field

Cybercrime is one of the most significant risks faced by businesses and individuals in the modern era. The MS in Cybersecurity degree from the Quinnipiac School of Engineering will provide you with the hands-on training and technical skills needed to prevent, detect, and defend against these threats.

In the United States, the average annual cost of cybercrime increased by 29% in 2018, and Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that the global cost of cybercrime will top six trillion dollars by the year 2021. Further perpetuating the issue is a widening cybersecurity skills gap due to a severe shortage of individuals with the technical skills needed to counter these sophisticated cyber-attacks. In fact, a 2018-2019 ESG survey found that 53% of organizations report a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills, a number that has increased every year since 2015.

The MS in Cybersecurity degree from Quinnipiac provides the professional skills needed to secure a prestigious position in the field of cybersecurity safeguarding our corporate, financial and personal data against these attacks. The program was developed to be in alignment with the key knowledge units established by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create a more cyber-secure nation and is continuously updated to stay current with evolving threats. Our program was designed with working professionals in mind, and in 2021 was ranked the most flexible cybersecurity program in the country by Intelligent.com in their "Best Online Cybersecurity Degree Programs" survey.

Our industry-experienced faculty will guide you through the key components of creating and maintaining a secure information infrastructure, while virtual labs help you immediately apply what you have learned in simulated scenarios. Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the program. If you are currently lacking the programming skills required for entry, we will help you build the requisite skills needed to be successful in this program. To learn more, please complete the information request form and a member of admissions team will answer any questions that you have and help you get started with your application.

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Cybersecurity Career News

The curriculum for this program is segmented into a series of one-credit courses grouped into seven domains of security knowledge that will enable you to thrive in a variety of cybersecurity roles and career tracks. Courses last either two or three weeks with students typically taking six credits per term in a 15-week semester. This format allows students to focus on specific learning objectives and projects before moving on to the next topic while permitting the flexibility needed for success in this fast-paced field.

Risk Management Coursework (6 credits)
Course Title Credits
CYB 501 Foundations of Cybersecurity 1
CYB 502 Introduction to Cyber Threats 1
CYB 503 Introduction to Cyber Defense 1
CYB 550 Cyber Policy 3
Security Technology Coursework (3 credits)
CYB 540 Introduction to Secure Networking 1
CYB 509 Operating Systems Security 1
CYB 517 Introduction to Cryptography 1
Data Security Coursework (3 credits)
CYB 524 Relational Database Security 1
CYB 526 Non-relational Database Security 1
CYB 670 IoT Security 1
Software Security Coursework (6 credits)
CYB 506 Introduction to Programming for Security Professionals 1
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
Access Security Coursework (3 credits)
CYB 665 Workforce Access Security 1
CYB 667 B2C Access Security 1
CYB 669 B2B Access Security 1
Cloud Security Coursework (3 credits)
CYB 680 Introduction to Cloud Security 1
CYB 681 Securing Workloads in AWS 1
CYB 682 Securing Workloads in Azure 1
Resilient Systems Security Coursework (3 credits)
CYB 683 Resilient Systems Design and Development 1
CYB 684 Resilient Systems Testing 1
CYB 685 Operating Resilient Systems 1
Capstone Project (3 credits)
CYB 691 MS Cybersecurity Capstone 3

*Courses and curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Advisory Council

To keep our curriculum aligned with the rapidly evolving needs of the cybersecurity space, Quinnipiac University has developed a dedicated Cybersecurity Advisory Council. This group consists of industry practitioners from a variety of industries and specializations. To read more about our Advisory Council, click on the button below.

Today’s cybersecurity professional needs to be conversant with a range of security tools. Our curriculum is set up to make sure graduating students will have skills in a range of tools, both open source and proprietary. This reflects the typical work environment. In addition, we provide students experience in using cloud native environments, include Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. Some of the tools we use include:

  • Frame Cyber
  • nMali
  • Wireshark
  • File Integrity Monitor
  • Fiddler
  • Shodan
  • MobaXTerm
  • MySQL Workbench
  • BitDefender
  • Azure IoT Central
  • Active Directory
  • VirtualBox, Python, PowerShell
  • R, BASH, Python and PowerShell Scripting
  • Sqlmap, Burp Suite
  • Azure AD and Security Center
  • Microsoft Threat Modeling Tool
  • SAINT Vulnerability Scanner
  • Swagger, Lambda Functions
  • Mandiant Advantage
Logos of Cybersecurity tools you learn in the MS in Cybersecurity program at Quinnipiac

To qualify for admission into the MS in Cybersecurity program, a student must have completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Hold an undergraduate degree in computer engineering, software engineering or computer science OR
  2. Hold an undergraduate degree in another area with applicable coursework or certificates in network technology, database management and programming OR
  3. Have at least 2 years of applicable work experience or military service including experience with network technology, database management technology and programming OR
  4. Receive approval of Program Director

If you do not have the above technical training but have a passion for cybersecurity and motivation to learn, we will provide you with short course recommendations to get you prepared for our program. These short courses will include:

  1. Programming with Python
  2. Introduction to Computer Networks
  3. Understanding Database Management Systems
  4. Introduction to Linux and the Command Line

A complete application consists of the following:

Standardized test scores (such as GMAT or GRE) submitted by the students in support of the application also are considered, but are 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 the application fee are received by Quinnipiac. Students can expect to receive a decision within four weeks of submitting a completed application.

Learn More About the MS in Cybersecurity

Ready to take advantage of the growing opportunities available to cybersecurity professionals and join us in our mission to create a more cyber-secure nation? Request additional information via the form provided or submit your application to get started today!

As a student in the program, you will:

  • Gain the in-demand technical cybersecurity skills that you can immediately apply to new opportunities in the field
  • Learn from the same industry-experienced faculty who teach on campus in Hamden, CT
  • Complete all of your coursework in our flexible online classroom, designed specifically for working professionals
  • Work closely with your professors and other emerging leaders in the field
  • Have access to our outstanding support team for assistance with technical and administrative challenges