M.S. in Cybersecurity: Computer Forensics Specialization

Program Overview

Help law enforcement fight fraud and other cybercrimes.

From fraud to terrorism to espionage, computer crime encompasses a wide range of illegal activities that not only cost corporations revenue but also pose a threat to our national security and individuals alike.

From fraud to terrorism to espionage, computer crime encompasses a wide range of illegal activities that not only cost corporations revenue but also pose a threat to our national security and individuals alike.

Bring Cybercriminals to Justice

With the Computer Forensics specialization of the Master of Science in Cybersecurity, you'll explore forensic tools, analysis, and methods that are used to investigate network-based incidents and graduate ready to bring cybercriminals to justice.

Plus, the foundation of knowledge gained through this specialization will support your preparation for testing for the following industry certifications:

  • Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE)

  • Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)

  • GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner or Analyst (GCFE, GCFA)

  • Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator V8 (CHFI)

  • Professional Certified Investigator (PCI)

 
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          Career Outlook

          Graduates of the Computer Forensics specialization can go on to careers in a wide range of investigative areas, including auto fraud, tax evasion, organized crime, drug smuggling, violent crimes, human sex trafficking, and more.

          Career Spotlight: Forensic Computer Analyst

          $71,737/year

          As a forensic computer analyst, you would investigate cybersecurity incidents ranging from attacks to computer abuse. You would perform forensic tests on both hardware and software systems, collect critical data, and serve as a subject-matter expert — from detection to investigation through deposition.1

          Career Spotlight: Cybersecurity Analyst

          $76,090/year

          As a cybersecurity analyst, you would be responsible for responding to a wide variety of cyberattacks. Investigate vulnerabilities and help to develop systems and solutions to combat future malicious activities from compromising critical data.2

          Other titles you may qualify for:

          • Forensic Investigator
          • Intrusions Forensic Lead

          JOBS AND INCOME

          Curriculum

          Hone your investigative skills and gain hands-on experience with the latest tools in cyber forensic analysis. Through our 18 core credits and 12 specialization credits, you'll explore cutting-edge methods for responding to cybersecurity incidents, including unauthorized observation and manipulation of data, and the illegal use of digital devices.

          Courses you'd take to complete this specialization include:

          Course Spotlight: CYB 651 – Computer Forensics and Investigation Methods

          Explore the field of forensics and learn about the identification, preservation, collection, processing, analysis/review, and production of electronic evidence for court presentation.

          Through a series of real-world cases, you'll experiment with various investigative tools and techniques, analyze artifacts found on electronic devices, and prepare professional computer forensic reports that are repeatable, defensible, and meet industry-recognized standards.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Course Spotlight: CYB 652 – Intrusion Forensics and Network Analysis

          As advances in technology increase the frequency of computer-related crime and victimization, experts are needed in detecting unlawful intrusion and the parties responsible. Examine the ethical considerations and proper procedure for intrusion analysis and the forensic investigation that follows.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          The M.S. in Cybersecurity program is designed to be completed in less than two years by taking two classes per 16-week semester. Through 30 credit hours, you'll develop both a foundational understanding of cybersecurity principles, ethics, and critical thinking related to cybersecurity, and specialize in any of five areas: Cyber Intelligence, Cyber Forensics, Malware Analysis, Electronic Crime, and Cyber Operations.

          With five specializations available, and a faculty of experts who work in the field, our program will give you up-to-the-minute skills that you can take to work immediately, along with the confidence to lead.

          Further, Utica College has established many corporate and government partnerships and enjoys endorsements from a number of federal agencies, such as the National Security Agency, Department of Defense, and the EC-Council who have all designated Utica College as a Center of Academic Excellence.

          When you graduate with a new set of expert-level skills in cybersecurity, information assurance, and computer forensics, you'll be in high demand wherever you're interested in protecting data and deterring cybercrime.

          High-paying jobs are available in corporate, governmental, or investigative environments with a median salary of more than $95,000 in 2017 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

          See our M.S. in Cybersecurity Career Outlook page for detailed information about the career paths, jobs, and salaries that may be available to you after graduation.

          No. While previous experience in computer and information security may provide valuable context to your studies, work history in the field is not required for admittance to the program. See our full list of admissions requirements for the M.S. in Cybersecurity program.

          The Master of Science in Cybersecurity program is a 30-credit-hour program at a cost of $895 per credit hour, for a total estimated tuition cost of $26,850. Dual-specialization students will require 42 credit hours for a total of $37,590.

          For a detailed list of all related expenses and fees, see the M.S. in Cybersecurity tuitions and fees page.

          In order to complete the program, you'll be required to complete 30 credit hours, which will include a foundational set of courses as well as your chosen specialization. Dual-specialization students will require 42 credit hours. See the full M.S. in Cybersecurity curriculum for detailed information.

          SOURCES:

          1PayScale (n.d.). Average Forensic Computer Analyst Salary. Retrieved on April 26, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Forensic_Computer_Analyst/Salary
          2PayScale (n.d.). Average Cybersecurity Analyst Salary. Retrieved on April 26, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Cyber_Security_Analyst/Salary