Degree Requirements


Master of Science in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity

Requirements for the degree program consist of 33 total credits for students who do a thesis and/or attain the CAD4SCI (Certificate in Applied Digital Forensic Science). Alternatively, 39 total credits are required with the six additional credits selected from the designated Forensic and Security or Criminal Justice electives .


The Program of Study:

Required Courses

Subtotal: 15 credits

FCM 710 Architecture of Secure Operating Systems
FCM 742 Network Security
CRJ/FCM 752 Law and High Technology Crime
FCM 753 Digital Forensics Applications
FCM 760 Forensic Management of Digital Evidence


Forensic and Security Electives

Subtotal: 9 credits

FCM 700 Theoretical Foundations of Computing Security
FCM/FOS 705 Mathematical Statistics for Forensic Science
FCM 740 Data Communications and Forensics Security
FCM 745 Network Forensics


Criminal Justice Electives

Subtotal: 3 credits

CRJ 708 Law, Evidence and Ethics
CRJ/FCM 727 Cybercriminology
CRJ 733 Constitutional Law
CRJ/PAD 750 Security of Information and Technology


Graduate Elective

Subtotal: 3 credits

Any course in the graduate catalog
(except for FCM 708 or FCM 709)
to include the above electives.
or
FCM 787/788/789 Cooperative Education (1-3 credits)


Capstone Options

Subtotal: 3 credits


Capstone Fieldwork + CAD4SCI

Total: 33 credits

Capstone Fieldwork

Total: 39 credits*

FCM 780 Capstone Seminar and Fieldwork


Applied Research Project + CAD4SCI

Total: 33 credits

Applied Research Project

Total: 39 credits*

FFCM 791 FCM Prospectus Seminar


Thesis

Total: 33 credits

FFCM 791 FCM Prospectus Seminar

* Requires six additional credits from Forensic and Security or Criminal Justice electives.

Applied Digital Forensic Science Certification Exam.

The Applied Digital Forensic Science Certification Exam balances the role of theory and practice in the program of study by challenging students to prove their capacity to use computer science to address practical problems in digital forensics and cybersecurity. The exam is optional for degree students but is required to qualify for the Capstone Fieldwork Option and the CAD4SCI. A grade of Low Pass or better is required to qualify for Capstone Fieldwork. A grade of Pass or better is required to qualify for the CAD4SCI. Students may take the exam upon completion of FCM 710, FCM 742 and FCM 760. It is administered by the faculty and usually offered twice a year. Students have two chances to be graded on the exam but may withdraw once before grading.


CSIBridge: Computer Science for Digital Forensics

The certificate program entails four courses (12 credits) offered at the graduate level. The first two are intensive semester long foundations courses that provide a survey of core computer science tailored to digital forensics. One foundations course considers operating systems, computer architecture and networks while the other covers programming and math essentials. The two foundations courses are followed by two core courses in the degree program. Students who complete these four courses with grades of B or better receive a Certificate and may apply for transfer to the degree program.

    CSIBridge Certificate

    Total: 12 credits

    FCM 708 Foundations for Digital Forensics I*
    FCM 709 Foundations for Digital Forensics II*
    FCM 710 Architecture of Secure Operating Systems
    FCM 742 Network Security

    * Preparatory course that does not count toward the M.S. degree

 

CAD4SCI: Certificate in Applied Digital Forensic Science

The CAD4SCI program of study provides four graduate computer science courses (12 credits) on the science of digital forensics followed by a practical Applied Digital Forensic Science Certification Exam. These courses blend study of theory and method with practical hands-on application. The certificate is awarded to students who complete the four courses with grades of B or better and who score a grade of Pass or better on the exam.

    CAD4SCI Certificate

    Total: 12 credits

    FCM 710 Architecture of Secure Operating Systems
    FCM 742 Network Security
    FCM 745 Network Foresnics
    FCM 708 Forensic Management of Digital Evidence