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M.S. in Cybersecurity: Computer Forensics Specialization

Help Law Enforcement Fight Fraud and Other Cybercrimes

Impact a Rapidly Growing Field

Skills to Impact Network-Based Fraud

Hands-On Cyber Forensics Experience

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  • Duration 2 years
  • Cost per Credit $895
  • Credit Hours 30

Program Benefits

  • Prepare for in-demand certifications
  • Participate in a virtual two-day immersive residency
  • Study at a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD)

Bring Cybercriminals to Justice

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. In this 100% online program, you’ll gain the skills you need for cyber forensics certifications and make an impact in this rapidly growing field.

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.

Cyber Forensics Certifications

The foundation of knowledge gained through this specialization will support your preparation for testing for the following industry-recognized cyber forensics certifications:

  • Certified Forensic Computer Examiner
  • Certified Computer Examiner
  • GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner or Analyst
  • Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator V8
  • Professional Certified Investigator

Excel as an Expert in Computer Forensics

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 trafficking

You can also prepare for in-demand cyber forensics certifications to stand out in the job market.

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

Learn to Detect and Investigate Cyber Threats

Hone your investigative skills and gain hands-on experience with the latest tools in cyber forensic analysis. Through the 18 core credits and 12 specialization credits in our online cyber forensics degree, 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.

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 standards.

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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.

More Options for Your Degree

M.S. in Cybersecurity: Cyber Operations

Understand the policies and practices of cybersecurity so you can become a leader in this emerging field. You’ll graduate ready to help organizations manage security risks and protect assets.

M.S. in Cybersecurity: Cyber Policy

Understand the policies and practices of cybersecurity so you can become a leader in this emerging field. You’ll graduate ready to help organizations manage security risks and protect assets.

M.S. in Cybersecurity: Data Analytics

Explore concepts in business intelligence, data analytics, and data science. Learn how to analyze big data to make strategic decisions, and advance in this fast-growing field.

M.S. in Cybersecurity: Electronic Crime

Master the technical, legal, and ethical aspects of electronic crime, white collar crime and fraud investigation with a focus on risk and compliance, legal issues, fraud management, and advanced fraud analysis techniques.

M.S. in Cybersecurity: Intelligence

Master the technical, legal, and ethical aspects of electronic crime, white collar crime and fraud investigation with a focus on risk and compliance, legal issues, fraud management, and advanced fraud analysis techniques.

M.S. in Cybersecurity: Malware Analysis

Pursue your interest in the technical aspects of malware analysis with courses that focus on the basics of malware, identification of malware, and mitigation of the effects of malware.

Frequently Asked Questions

Advancing your life and career with an online cyber forensics 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 an enrollment counselor.

The online M.S. in Cybersecurity program is designed for professionals who work full-time and is offered part-time, which allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school, and personal responsibilities and gives you the opportunity to fully absorb the information in your coursework. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Utica College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) through the academic year 2024.

Our cybersecurity programs have also been recognized for their excellence by the:

  • Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3)
  • EC-Council, one of the premier certifying cybersecurity bodies

Read more about the M.S. in Cybersecurity.

The first step toward applying to the M.S. in Cybersecurity is to start your online application. Then, you’ll need to gather official transcripts, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and a résumé. Read more about admission requirements for the M.S. in Cybersecurity.

Yes, the M.S. in Cybersecurity offers these specializations:

  • Computer Forensics
  • Cyber Operations
  • Cyber Policy
  • Data Analytics
  • Electronic Crime
  • Intelligence
  • Malware Analysis

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Yes, as part of the M.S. in Cybersecurity, you’ll complete a two-day online virtual cybersecurity residency. Learn more about the curriculum.

The M.S. in Cybersecurity prepares you for industry certifications like CompTIA A+, Security+, and CISSP—among others.

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Sources

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