Online MS in Digital Forensics Curriculum

The online MS in Digital Forensic Science curriculum builds on your existing digital forensics knowledge and advances you to the next level of expertise.

The online digital forensic courses in this program are specifically designed to be applicable and relevant to the current and emerging digital forensic landscape, while also providing a framework of core digital forensic principles.

The culmination of the degree is in the form of a capstone research project that allows students to integrate all insights, learning and observations into a single work-based project.

Online Courses

 Course # Course TitleCredits
DFS 500* Digital Forensic Science* 3
DFS 501 The Practice of Digital Investigations 3
DFS 510 Scripting for Digital Forensics 3
DFS 520 Operating System Analysis 3
DFS 530 Incident Response and Network Forensics 3
DFS 550 Mobile Device Analysis 3
DFS 570 Legal Principles of Digital Investigation 3
DFS 575 Digital Investigation for Civil Litigation 3
DFS 580 Capstone Research Thesis 3
Plus 2 of the following:
DFS 540 Malware Analysis 3
DFS 560 Digital Forensics & Encryption 3
DFS 565 Computer Forensics Laboratory Operation & Management 3
Total Credits to Earn This Degree:  30-33

*Note: Some essential knowledge is required prior to admission to the MS DFS program. During your application process it will be determined if you meet all prerequisites; students who meet them will be waived from DFS 500 and will earn a 30 credit Master of Science in Digital Forensic Science. Those who do not meet the prerequisite requirements will have the opportunity to gain the knowledge they need by taking DFS 500 and will graduate with a 33 credit degree. 

For those without a background in IT we have created a pathway to gain the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue this degree. Please visit the Admission Requirements page or speak with your admission advisor for more details.