Master of Science in Investigations: Concentration in Digital Forensics

What is the dark web and how does it affect you directly? Through our Digital Forensics Investigations concentration, you will learn from the leading experts in the industry to develop your knowledge and understanding of the cyber forensics field. The program is designed to prepare students for careers as investigators in both public and private organizations or to transition from the public sector to private industry.

Through this concentration, you will 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. Students can mix courses in white-collar crime and computer crime to enhance opportunities.

The Digital Forensics Investigations Concentration is designed to provide students with 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 (for a total of 15 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

Digital Forensics Investigations Electives (15 credits)

  • CJST 6600 – Computer Crime: Legal Issues and Investigative Procedures
  • CJST 6604 – Network Security Data Protection and Telecommunications

Plus three (3) electives approved by advisor (9 credits).

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.