Master of Science in Cybersecurity

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity brings together cybersecurity courses from three of Quinnipiac's schools – Business, Engineering and Law. Through this interdisciplinary program, students will be prepared to address technology and policy challenges of present-day and future information systems and networks.

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 Security (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 526Non-relational Database Security1
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


Admission to Quinnipiac University’s graduate programs is competitive. To be admitted to the MS in Cybersecurity program, a prospective student must have successfully completed a BS or BA degree in Computer Science or documented completion of appropriate prerequisite courses. Those courses include:

  • Introductory Programming
  • Data Structures
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Algorithms