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 the 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.


  1. Major Details: The Master in Cybercrime is a fully online Master's program.
  2. Total Credits: The Program degree curriculum consists of 30 credit hours. All students must complete 11 credit hours of Core  Requirements, 16 hours of concentration courses (which includes 1 hour of Professional Seminar), plus 3 credit hours of elective courses.
  3. Requirements are:
    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college
    • An upper division GPA of 3.00 (based on the last 60 hours)
    • The equivalent bachelor's and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution.
    • A statement of purpose detailing reasons for seeking a graduate degree in Cybercrime
    • A professional or academic writing sample providing evidence of the candidate's academic capabilities.
    • Three letters of reference speaking to the applicant's academic capabilities


Online Course Offerings for 2019 Fall – 2020 Summer*

  • CCJ 6118 Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • CCJ 6705 Research Methods in Criminology
  • CCJ 6706 Quantitative Analysis I
  • CCJ 6057 Cybercrime Capstone: Portfolio Building – Pro-Seminar in Criminology
  • CCJ 6602 Special Topic: Profiling Cybercrime
  • CJE 6688 Intro to Cybercrime and Criminal Justice
  • CJE 6690 Cybercrime, Law, and Public Policy
  • CJE 6626 Digital Forensic Criminal Investigation
  • CJE 6627 Digital Evidence Recognition and Collection
  • CCJ 6935 Special Topic: Cyber Victimization
  • CCJ 6637 Technology Adoption & Crime

*This list will vary. For a full list of classes, visit Office of Graduate Studies: click here.



1. Submit Application
Submit graduate application online with $30 application fee
2. Upload Documents
Upload the following to the application website:

• Statement of purpose
• A professional or academic writing sample demonstrating your academic capabilities
• Three professional and/or academic letters of recommendation
• Resume or CV
• Unofficial transcripts
3. Send Official Transcripts
Send an official transcript from each institution of higher learning attended to:
USF Office of Graduate Admissions
4202 E. Fowler Ave. SVC 1036
Tampa, FL 33620-2910
4. Submit TOEFL Scores
International applicants only - Submit official TOEFL scores directly from the testing agency. USF's code is 5828.


Application Deadline: June 1st for fall entry and October 15th for spring entry.

For more information about the program and its requirements, download the program brochure or contact Sarah Nobles.

For all updated Admission policies, visit the Office of Graduate Studies: click here.

**Please Note: This is a self-funded program, and tuition waivers (State or USF employee waivers) are not accepted.



Contact Information:

Sarah Nobles
Criminology Department
University of South Florida, Tampa
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SOC 107
Tampa FL, 33620
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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;
Instructor, Criminology Department
University of South Florida, Tampa
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SOC 107
Tampa FL, 33620
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