Admission Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics

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An Admission Process Designed for Adult Students

At Champlain College Online our comprehensive admissions process is designed to take into account your whole story. We are interested in your previous academic record, but because we know you have much more to bring to the table as a working adult, we also consider your current and previous work experiences, as well as your personal and professional goals. 

Admission Eligibility

Our admissions team seeks to admit graduate-level students who:

    • Demonstrate a solid academic foundation. A minimum of 2.5 GPA is our recommendation, though exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for those who demonstrate a potential for academic success in other ways.
    • Possess an aptitude for success in an online learning environment.
    • Exhibit the ability to make a positive contribution to the Champlain online community.

Graduate Application Requirements

The following list of admission requirements must be completed and submitted to our admissions team before any student may be considered for acceptance to a Champlain College Online graduate degree or certificate program.

checkboxOnline Application

The first step in applying to an online program at Champlain College is to begin your online application. You'll need to create an account and follow the step-by-step instructions.  There is no fee to apply.


Within the online application, you'll be required to prepare an essay. The essay is made up of four questions and the topics take into account your personal and professional goals, your ability to persist when challenged and your approach to online learning. For each essay question, you will be asked to prepare 3-4 paragraphs that demonstrate to the reviewers that you understand the question, are thoughtful in your response and can demonstrate critical thinking and college-level writing ability.

checkboxCollege Transcripts

Official academic transcripts are required for any post-secondary coursework you have completed and all colleges and universities you have previously attended, whether or not a degree was conferred. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a recognized equivalency service. Learn more about our international student requirements here.  Request that all transcripts be sent directly to Champlain College Online via mail, email or fax. For students who are still completing their undergraduate degree, we have a Provisional Admittance policy that may apply to you.


You will need to submit a copy of your professional resume, which should include both your current and previous employment and work experiences.  Your resume should be mailed, emailed or faxed to Champlain College Online.

checkboxProof of English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in the English language is both required and necessary for academic success at Champlain College Online. If English is not your native language, you will be required to demonstrate proficiency. Learn more about our international student requirements here.

checkboxGMAT & GRE

The GMAT & GRE are NOT a required part of the application process.

checkboxWork Experience Requirement

We expect that applicants have experience or current employment in a digital forensics/computer science role with opportunities for applying new concepts and skills acquired throughout the digital forensics program. Applicants with limited work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

checkboxBachelor's Degree Requirement

 Applicants to the master's in digital forensics degree and/or certificate program must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a 2.5 GPA or equivalent, preferably with a focus in digital forensics, computer science or similar discipline.  Those without a bachelor's degree in those disciplines, but who are currently working in the field of digital forensics or computer sciences are encouraged to apply, however some preparatory coursework may be required.

checkboxRequisite Knowledge Requirement/Conditional Acceptance

In the application review process, all candidates for admission will be assessed for prior work experience and/or academic coursework that provides a solid foundation in the following three areas:

  1. Digital forensic investigative techniques
  2. Computer crime laws
  3. Evidence acquisition and handling

Applicants who have not demonstrated requisite knowledge in their application, and are otherwise admissible, will be conditionally accepted and be provided with options for demonstrating competence prior to beginning the program.

 checkboxPathway For Those Without An IT Background

For those interested in the MS in Digital Forensic Science, but who do not have a background in IT, we have created a pathway for you to gain the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue this degree.

Our program director has determined successful completion of specific undergraduate courses will prepare you for conditional admittance into the program and DFS 500 Digital Forensic Science. These courses are Networking Fundamentals and Intro. to Operating SystemsRelational Database Design & SQL is strongly recommended, but not required. Please speak with your admission advisor regarding this pathway as well as the conditional admittance policy for the MS in Digital Forensic Science.

Applicants Educated Abroad

Students educated outside of the United States and Canada seeking admission to Champlain College Online will need to visit our International Admissions Requirements page to learn about our English proficiency requirement, as well as our international transcript evaluation process. Learn more.

If you are residing in the United States, please be aware that not all categories of Visas allow you or your children to take college courses, including online. Please confirm with the U.S. Department of State whether your Visa allows you to take online courses while you are living in the United States. If you are living outside of the United States you do not need a Visa to enroll in our online programs.

Returning Students

We look forward to welcoming former Champlain College students back! Whether you studied as an undergraduate student on the Champlain College campus or took Champlain College courses online, we are eager to talk to you about your next steps in returning to school.  Keep in mind, if you have not taken online classes in over a year, you will need to reapply to the program.  Contact our admissions team through our web form or at 888-545-3459 to learn more.

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