Master's Degree

Digital Forensics

The master's degree in cybersecurity with a concentration in digital forensics helps you gain the skills you need to investigate computer, cyber, and electronic crimes; to analyze networks that have been attacked or used for illicit purposes; and to properly identify, collect, secure, and present digital evidence.

Preferred Background

Although there are no specified course prerequisites, prospective students applying to this program are advised that this is a technology-based training program, focused on collecting security data and digital evidence.

Successful students will have an aptitude for technical training and investigative procedures. Some prior training or background in operating systems concepts, computer architecture, computer hardware and storage media will be helpful.

Program Requirements

The program requires five courses, for a total of 15 credit hours. View the Graduate Catalog for the full list of courses. View the cybersecurity application deadlines.

Please note that you are required to participate in a three-credit-hour practicum experience as part of this program. This provides an opportunity for you to gain valuable practical experience in the industry while working toward your degree.

Core Courses (12 Credit Hours)

  • Data Network, Systems and Security (3 Credit Hours)

  • Special Topics: Applied Cryptography (3 Credit Hours)

  • Information Security & Risk Management (3 Credit Hours)

  • Decision Processes for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (3 Credit Hours)

Concentration Courses (15 Credit Hours)

  • Cybercrime and Criminal Justice (3 Credit Hours)

  • Digital Evidence Recognition and Collection (3 Credit Hours)

  • Introduction to Digital Evidence (3 Credit Hours)

  • Network Forensic Criminal Investigations (3 Credit Hours)

  • Digital Forensic Criminal Investigations (3 Credit Hours)

Practicum (3 Credit Hours)

  • Practicum for Digital Forensics (3)

For complete details and course descriptions, download the Digital Forensics Concentration Course Guide.

Please note that you are required to submit an electronic portfolio demonstrating completion of core program competencies in cybersecurity and in the area of concentration.

View application deadlines and start dates for this degree program.