Online Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations Certificate

Earn your Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations Certificate online at Champlain College Online and enter this career field with a credential employers will respect.

Our 18-credit online Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations Certificate will provide students with:

  • The essential rationale underlying criminal law such as the nature of jurisdiction, the criminal act, the criminal state of mind and matters affecting responsibility for criminal conduct
  • An in-depth coverage of computer crime statutes, management of evidence, and industry best-practices for examining computers that might contain crime-related information as well as how to prepare computer evidence for courtroom testimony
  • Techniques used to investigate crimes perpetuated over the Internet and other telecommunications networks; crimes such as auction fraud and social engineering, e-mail scams and phishing will be analyzed
  • Insight into the motives behind white-collar crime and methods used by white-collar criminals to pursue their criminal endeavors, and the enforcement strategies and techniques applied in these cases.
  • Specialized areas of digital forensics, namely, information hiding, anti-forensics, and network forensics; data hiding and anti-forensics will be explored with a specific concentration on cryptography (secret writing) and steganography (hidden writing)
  • Basic principles of digital media presented to show how digital images, audio, and video can be manipulated and how such manipulation can be detected

Note: Federal financial aid is only available for associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs. Stand-alone certificate programs are ineligible for financial aid.


 Course # Course TitleCredits
CRIM 120 Criminal Law 3
CFDI 270 Anti-Forensics and Network Forensics 3
CFDI 240 Digital Forensic Investigation Techniques 3
CFDI 345 Operating System Forensics 3
Plus 2 of the following:
CFDI 310 Mobile Forensics 3
CFDI 350 White-Collar Crime 3
CFDI 360 Cybercrime 3
CFDI 320 File Forensics 3
Total Credits to Earn This Certificate: 18

* Some courses in this certificate program may have prerequisites. Please click on the course name for a description and prerequisite information. If prerequisites are listed that are not currently part of the certificate program please call an admissions representative at 888-269-6523 for more information.