Champlain students work on research and investiagtions in our Leahy Center for Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity

Computer & Digital Forensics Major

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Champlain College's Computer & Digital Forensics program is the leading destination in the country for students who want to enter this exciting field.

How do you search for evidence on confiscated devices or investigate the cloud for data breaches? What happens when a multi-national network is compromised? How are drug traffickers using unexpected platforms to communicate? Each technological advancement brings new threats and criminal enterprises.

Learn to unlock these secrets, preserve evidence, and uphold the law. At Champlain, your computer forensics training begins in your first semester.

Why Study Computer & Digital Forensics at Champlain?

  • We're one of the best computer forensics colleges in the country. Champlain College is recognized by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency, the National Institute of Justice, and the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center as a premier institution for digital investigation and cyber defense. 
  • Taking digital forensics courses in your first semester gives you opportunities to take on internships and professional work that most undergraduates wouldn't be qualified for. From day one at Champlain, you're taught by industry experts; you use the same tools and techniques that businesses and government agencies are using for their investigations.
  • Champlain maintains close relationships with companies throughout Burlington and the world, giving you access to exciting, relevant internships in addition to our those in our renowned Leahy Center.


Beginning Fall 2025, this major will referred to as Digital Forensics.


DHS, NSA, and DCCC logos

National Recognition

Students at work in internship positions in the Leahy Center for Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity

Leahy Center for Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity

Gain unparalleled experience working in the Senator Leahy Center for Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity, Champlain's fully-equipped, state-of-the-art, digital forensics laboratory.

With multimillion-dollar grants and contracts from the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, and the Secret Service, the Leahy Center offers undergraduate students a unique chance to conduct industry-significant research with peers and faculty. 

Champlain College students and faculty attend the Magnet User Summit in Nashville, TN.

Conferences & Presentations

Champlain students don't just play the game, they design it: our students help create the Capture the Flag competition at the annual Magnet User Summit.

You'll have the opportunity to attend national conferences on digital forensics. You may even be invited to present your research at important industry events such as OSDFCon (the Open Source Digital Forensics Conference) and DFRWS (the Digital Forensic Research Workshop Conference).


Employers want to hire Champlain students.

Employers are so impressed with our students' work that some have moved their headquarters to the Burlington area—or opened new offices here—specifically to hire Champlain digital forensics students and graduates. 

Organizations like Areté and Kivu recognize that students in our Computer & Digital Forensics program are knowledgeable and experienced within the first year of the program, making for helpful interns and standout employees.

Read more about career success in this program.

Recent grads are in positions such as:

  • AT&T // Forensic Technician // Arlington, VA
  • CNB Bank // Jr Incident Response Analyst // Clearfield, PA
  • [Confidential] // Reverse Engineer & Linux Forensic Researcher // Mid-Atlantic
  • Dell Secureworks // Senior Analyst // Providence, RI
  • Mandiant FireEye // Associate Consultant // New York, NY
  • NuHarbor Security // Security Analyst // Colchester, VT
  • RSM // Security & Privacy Risk Associate // Boston, MA
  • Tracepoint // Digital Forensics Consultant // Chiba, Japan
  • VMware Carbon Black // Threat Analyst // San Antonio, TX
A Champlain student conducts forensic research on computer hardware
Professor Ali Hadi teaches students in the Leahy Center
Champlain students and faculty attending the Magnet User Summit in Nashville, TN
Students work at computers in a Computer & Digital Forensics class
Senator Patrick Leahy visits his eponymous center for digital forensics and cybersecurity
Professor Joe Williams meets with a student
Champlain students working in the Leahy Center for Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity
An exterior view of the Miller Center at Lakeside, where the Leahy Center for Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity is housed



The 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Champlain as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.


Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" by U.S. News & World Report (for the seventh consecutive year!) in its "America's Best Colleges" 2022 rankings.


Burlington, Vermont, our hometown, is ranked the #1 Best College Town by Travel + Leisure magazine.

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