Master of Science in Investigations:
Concentration in Digital Forensics

Dive into the dark web of organized crime and financial crimes. Network with professionals and explore careers in cybercrime investigations, fraud investigations, international-crime investigations, organized-crime investigations, corporate security, loss prevention, anti-money laundering, law enforcement, risk management and numerous other fields. Computer crimes are growing exponentially, as are career opportunities. You can mix courses in white-collar crime and computer crime to enhance opportunities.

The Digital Forensics Investigations Concentration also provides the knowledge and competencies to prepare for the IAFCI Digital Forensics Certification Board (DFCB) and Certified Cyber Crimes Investigator (CCCI), and other national and international certifications.

The program requires 30 units of graduate credit for the degree.

Required Courses (21 credits)

  • CJST 6631 – Investigations I
  • CJST 6603 – Internet Vulnerabilities and Criminal Activity
  • CJST 6651 – Criminal Procedure
  • LSTD 6620 – Regulation & Occupational Fraud
  • INVS 6690 – Topics in Investigations
  • CJST 6600 – Computer Crime: Legal Issues and Investigative Procedures
  • CJST 6604 – Network Security Data Protection and Telecommunications

Digital Forensics Electives (9 credits)

Choose three electives. Below is a sample of some of the classes offered:

  • INVS 6629 – Evolving Trends of Financial and Cyber Crimes in an EMV World
  • CJST 6625 – Information Systems Threats, Attacks, and Defenses
  • CJST 6628 – Computer Viruses and Malicious Code
  • CJST 6629 – Practical Issues in Cryptography
  • INVS 6609 – Dark Web Investigations
  • INVS 6624 – E-Discovery Investigations
  • INVS 6648 – Cyber & Cryptocurrency Issues in Human Trafficking
  • INVS 6649 – Big Data Analytics and Human Trafficking
  • INVS 6671 – Blockchain Technology & Investigations
  • INVS 6674 – Crimes Involving Children

Students are not limited to courses in the Investigations catalogue for electives, and may take courses in criminal justice, white collar crimes, national security, and digital forensics investigations or other programs. It is recommended that students discuss elective selections with their advisor to maximize the educational and career opportunities.  Based on a student’s work experience or previous course work, certain core requirements may be substituted by other courses.