MS in Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity

MS in Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity (D4CS) Program Director: Professor Shweta Jain

Who We Are

  • D4CS faculty are full-time professors who are computer scientists, legal scholars and/or social scientists with a supporting cast of adjuncts who are working professionals.
  • We are a small, selective program with a mix of mid-career professionals and recent graduates who attend both full and part time. Our students are from New York and beyond with most working in IT or other fields, all dedicated to beginning a career in digital forensics and cybersecurity.
  • All courses are offered on-campus, typically on Monday through Thursday evenings to accommodate working students.
  • Small classes enable students to build strong ties with each other and faculty.
  • Students often work with faculty on research projects.
  • Courses move from theory to practice with hands on lab work.
  • Internships and cooperative education are key elements of the program.


Who We Seek

  • Computer science graduates who are interested in combining the study of forensic computer science with criminal justice
  • Public and private sector practitioners who wish to upgrade their expertise by studying the science beneath the tools they use in their work (up to six equivalency credits are available to practitioners)
  • Law enforcement personnel and veterans who seek to move into cyber investigations and digital forensics
  • Experienced information technology specialists or those from related fields who wish to make a career shift


What Our Graduates Do

Equipped with their multi-faceted education in forensics, computer science, law and criminal justice, our versatile graduates pursue a variety of career paths in digital forensics, cybersecurity and information assurance, such as:

  • Cyber investigators
  • Special agents with federal agencies
  • Digital forensic analysts
  • eDiscovery specialists
  • Lab managers
  • Educators
  • Information security (INFOSEC) specialists
  • Cyber incident analyst responders
  • Cybersecurity analysts
  • Computer security
  • Network security analysts
  • Information assurance consultants
  • Forensic computing product researchers and developers
  • Doctoral students in related fields

How to apply?

Admission to the D4CS program requires a background in computer science with the ability to succeed in graduate computer science, criminal justice and law courses. Computer science or related majors are preferred; however, the minimal computer science background required consists of the following undergraduate courses: two courses in programming and courses in data structures, algorithms, operating systems, computer networks, statistics, and discrete math.

Admission to the program will also be based on the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (or international equivalent) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended


All applicants are required to submit a resume. Applicants who hold advanced graduate or professional degrees from an English language based program are advised, but not required, to submit GRE scores. Interested candidates who lack some or all of the computer science prerequisite courses may be admitted to CSIBridge, our Computer Science for Digital Forensics advanced certificate program. Successful completion of the CSIBridge program leads to seamless transfer into the D4CS master's degree program.


For any questions regarding the admissions process, contact: 

Office of Graduate Admissions