(This program is no longer enrolling new students. Visit the Digital Forensic Science Graduate Certificate page to learn more about enrolling in this 100% online certificate.)

In an industry with few graduate-level opportunities, the Champlain certificate program educates students in many facets of this booming field. As with our online master's programs in Digital Forensic Science and Digital Forensic Management, the certificate program is designed to provide advanced education in the field of digital forensics. The comprehensive curriculum—which uses both commercial and open-source forensic tools—delves into key aspects of digital forensics, including operating system analysis,the roll of evidence management in forensic examinations and methodologies for the preservation of digital devices.

The graduate certificate in Digital Investigation Process Management (12 credits) can be a career-booster. And if you decide later that you want to pursue a Champlain master's in Digital Forensic Management, you'll be well on the way to earning a degree, and all credits transfer. Some certificate credits also will transfer into the Digital Forensic Science program.

Students in Champlain's forensics programs start with a big advantage—all of our practitioner-instructors are nationally known experts with broad experience. This ensures that everything you learn is relevant and current. The courses are updated continually to address the field's rapid changes. We consulted widely in developing our programs to guarantee that they meet employers' needs. Our advisory board includes many well-known leaders in the industry.

Upon completion of the Digital Investigation Process Management Certificate, graduates will be able to:

    • Analyze the legal requirements of a digital investigation.
    • Summarize the process of digital forensics.
    • Design policy and procedures for digital forensics.
    • Compare and contrast the different types of digital investigation.
    • Evaluate methods of digital forensic analysis.
    • Discriminate between the requirements of a civil and criminal digital investigation.


    Course #DescriptionCredits
    DIM 500 The Practice of Digital Investigations  3
    DIM 530 Legal Principles of Digital Investigations  3
    DIM 550 Computer Forensics Laboratory Operation and Management  3
    DIM 560 Digital Investigation for Civil Litigation  3
    Total Credits: 12

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