MS in Cybercrime

The Master of Science in Cybercrime is a fully online program designed to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of major issues in criminology as it relates to cybercrime. Students will master current criminology theory as it relates to the social and behavioral aspects of cybercrime, learn investigative methodologies and tools, and develop skills in the application of digital forensic science to cybercrime investigations. The Master of Science in Cybercrime at USF is unique in the following ways:

  • 100% online
  • 30 credit hours
  • No computer science prerequisites
  • No GRE required
  • Can be completed in one year with full-time enrollment

You can choose one or both concentrations as a Cybercrime major. The Cyber Criminology degree is a traditional criminology-styled degree that focuses on theory and research. In contrast, the Digital Forensic Investigations Concentration is a STEM-based program that would offer employment opportunities in both civilian and government organizations working on investigating cyber crimes. Neither concentration required a background in computer science.

For more information on degree requirements and courses, please refer to the catalog.

choosing between online and on campus

There are unique benefits to both studying online and studying on campus. Whether you want more flexibility or value in-person learning, it’s important to choose the right option for you. Explore the difference between our Online MS in Cybercrime and Classroom-Based MA in Criminology programs.

USF MS in Cybercrime and MA in Criminology
  Online MS in Cybercrime Classroom-Based MA in Criminology
  FL Resident and Non-Resident FL Resident Non-Resident
Tuition cost per credit hour $575 x 30 credits $436 x 33 credits $882 x 33 credits
Total program  tuition cost $17,250 $14,388 $29,106
  Total program tuition cost estimates do not include application fees, late fees, registration fees, educational resources (e.g., textbooks, etc.) or the one-time new graduate student fee.

Please note: With the exception of the Department of Children and Family (DCF) waivers, all other waivers (including State of Florida and USF employee) are not accepted for Self-Funded/Self-Supporting or Market Rate Tuition program courses.

For additional information, visit: USF Tuition Waiver

To learn more about the classroom-based program tuition fees per credit hour, please visit: USF Tuition and Fee Information

*Some fees may vary per campus location.

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cybercrime advisory board

A team of distinguished professionals from industry, academia and government offer their expertise and guidance as advisory board members for the Master of Science in Cybercrime program. For more information on the Cybercrime Advisory Board, click here.

Contact us:

Bressia Borja
Cybercrime Recruiter
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SOC 107,
Tampa FL, 33620
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Elizabeth Ruiz
Cybercrime Program Specialist
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SOC 107,
Tampa FL, 33620                                                                                                                                            Phone Number: 813-974-8807 
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R. LeGrande Gardner, PhD
Program Director, MS Cybercrime Degree,
Department of Criminology;
Director, Digital Forensics Program,
MS Cybersecurity Degree Program,
Office of Graduate Studies;
Associate Professor of Instruction, Criminology Department
University of South Florida,
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SOC 107
Tampa FL, 33620
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