Program Overview

  • Dean: Robert Marino, Ph.D.
  • Program Director: Bill Crane
  • Structure: Online graduate degree program designed for full-time working professionals
  • Format: Online instructor-led scheduling; no set class meeting time—24/7 access to instruction and assignment; highly collaborative through asynchronous discussion, chat, email and video conferencing
  • Practical Hands-on Education: Using virtual environments and commercial and open source software students are presented with assignments based on the challenges they face in the real world. For the duration of their study students have access to a range of commercial software including: VMware, Encase, FTK, Carbon Black, Nuix, Winhex and XRY
  • Annual Cycle: Five terms per year; courses start in August, October, January, March, and May
  • Course Duration: 8-week online terms
  • Required Credit Hours: 36 credit hours
    (note: Students who lack a relevant work history/academic background may be required to complete additional Digital Forensic coursework to ensure their success in the MSDFS program.)
  • Degree Completion Time Frames:
    • Minimum: under 18 months (two courses in each successive 8-week term for 36 credit-hour core program)
    • Maximum: 6 years (variable, customizable program track)
  • Residency Requirement: Graduate Digital Forensic Science Residency Experience takes place at the annual Digital Forensic Research Workshop for four days (location varies around the U.S.)
  • Graduate Commencement Ceremony: Annually in May, Champlain College, Burlington, VT
  • Application Process: Rolling admission, applications accepted year-round; begin in any of the three start terms; August, January or May
  • Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • Admissions: For information or application call toll-free: (866) 282-7259 or apply online
  • Online Information Sessions: Hear directly from the program director and an admissions representative as they explain what makes Champlain’s approach so effective
  • Admission: For information or application call toll-free: (866) 282-7259 or visit our MSDFS Admission page.


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