Academic Preparation for the MS Degree

Admission to the Master of Science in Forensic Computing degree program requires knowledge of core computer science and the capacity to be successful in graduate courses in computer science, law and criminal justice.

  • Students may have had any undergraduate major but need to have knowledge of core computer science typically gained in undergraduate courses in computer science including: knowledge of programming, data structures, algorithms, operating systems, computer networks, and discrete math.
  • Graduates with computer science or related degrees usually meet these requirements although those long removed from their studies might benefit from a refresher.
  • Those who need to gain or refresh the required computer science background may do so through CSIBridge, our graduate preparatory program.

Admission for Those Who Need Preparation

Candidates who need to gain the computer science background required for admission may do so through CSIBridge, our Computer Science for Digital Forensics Certificate Program, a graduate level preparatory program.

Alternatively, candidates may gain the required computer science background either by taking an approved set of undergraduate computer science courses or by earning a score on the ETS subject test in computer science that demonstrates mastery of core computer science. Applicants who do not have a computer science or related degree may consult with the progam director to determine the method of qualification that best suits them.

Except fot the computer science background, admission requirements for CSIBridge are similar to those for the degree program with evidence of aptitude to succeed in graduate computer science courses based on success in academic work in math, science or information technology, technical training or experience.


What We Look For  

Admission decisions for both the M.S. degree program and for CSIBridge are based on a holistic assessment of an applicant's evident potential to succeed in graduate computer science, law and criminal justice coursework. In addition to the college's general admissions requirements, the following guidelines and required materials apply to applicants to D4CS programs:

Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree

  • Transcipts from all institutions of higher learning attended.
  • GRE's.
  • Academic factors favoring admission include an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better, GRE verbal and math scores above the median, and a GRE analytical writing score of 4.0 or better.

Applicants with a Graduate or Professional Degree

  • Transcripts from the undergraduate degree granting institution and from all graduate or professional work.
  • Either GRE's or a substantial written product from graduate work.

For All Applicants

  • Three letters of reference and a personal statement.
  • Applicants who have been enrolled in college or graduate courses within the past two years are expected to submit academic references.
  • CSIBridge candidates should show potential to succeed in computer science courses through such assets as math GRE scores or prior success in math and science courses.
  • Practitioners and other mid-career applicants should submit a resume with their application.
  • Applicants who lack one or more of the factors favoring admission but who have other mitigating assets may be admitted with conditions.