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Online Master's Degree

Digital Forensics &
Cyber Investigation

Digital Forensics & Cyber Investigation
Master of Science
AT A GLANCE
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer exactly 6 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
TUITION
  • $694 per credit (in-state)
  • $694 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $480 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Develop the cutting-edge skills and knowledge you need to become a digital forensics expert.

The online master’s degree in digital forensics and cyber investigation from University of Maryland Global Campus is designed to prepare you to meet the growing demand for investigative, leadership, and executive skills in analyzing and mitigating cyber crime. Learn how to determine whether a digital system has been attacked or compromised, and master reliable methods to identify, preserve, analyze, and present evidence for legal prosecution and administrative proceedings.

Total Credits Required: 36

Take the following courses in the order listed:

Foundation Course

  • (6 Credits, CBR 600)

Core Courses

  • (6 Credits, DFC 610)
  • (6 Credits, DFC 620)
  • (6 Credits, DFC 630)
  • (6 Credits, DFC 640)

Capstone Course

  • (6 Credits, CYB 670)

General Master's Degree Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Please review the overall master’s degree requirements for additional considerations.

Additional Program-Specific Requirements

  • All courses must be taken in the order listed.
  • You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course.
  • The grade of C is not available for these courses.
  • The courses in this program will have seven-day and 60-day options for the grade of Incomplete.

Vertical Pathway

If you completed your undergraduate degree at UMGC with a major in cybersecurity technology, a vertical pathway between UMGC's graduate and undergraduate degree programs in that field allows you to reduce your total coursework for this program by up to 6 credits.

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022–2023 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Master’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each master's degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all master’s degrees.

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Industry Snapshot

This program is designed to help prepare you for work in government organizations, the private sector, and law enforcement agencies in the areas of computer and digital crime.

$9B+
Projected Market
The global digital forensics market size is projected to more than double from $4.15 billion in 2017 to $9.68 billion by 2022.
Source: MarketsandMarkets Research Private Ltd. | "Digital Forensics Market“ | March 2018

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Additional Program Information

  • We recommend a background in computing and programming; if you need to improve your computing skills, we recommend you take
    (0 Credits, ASC 605); if you have not taken programming courses, we recommend you take
    (0 Credits, ASC 609).
  • We recommend
    (0 Credits, ASC 601) if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

This program requires that you use a computer with the following:

  • Microphone and speakers or headset with microphone or equivalent device(s)
  • 5 GB (gigabytes) of free hard drive space
  • 4 GB RAM or higher
  • A high-speed internet connection
  • Computer processor (Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64) running at speeds of at least 1 GHz
  • Windows 8.1 or Mac OS X 10.6 or higher for an operating system (Linux operating systems can also be used but require more technical knowledge from the user.)

Note: The higher the processor speed of your computer (e.g., 2.4–3.4 GHz), the larger the amount of available memory (e.g., 4–12 GB), and the larger the amount of available hard drive space (e.g., 5–20 GB), the better your computer will perform and the smoother your experience will be.

Computing Club

The Computing Club provides a dynamic environment where members can work collaboratively, share innovative ideas, enhance their career-readiness, and gain marketable experience in their respective fields. It is available to graduate or undergraduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff members. Students and alumni can join the Computing Club group on CareerQuest.


Cyber Competition Team

The Cyber Competition Team represents UMGC at various cybersecurity events and tournaments nationwide. Being a member of the team gives students an opportunity to develop their cybersecurity skills and network with other students. The team is open to undergraduate and graduate students and alumni through a tryout process. Email jesse.varsalone@umgc.edu or visit the cyber team webpage to learn more.


Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Computing & Technology Disciplines)

Upsilon Pi Epsilon encourages the enhancement of knowledge in the computing and information science fields. Membership is by invitation only. It is available to undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate membership is open to students majoring in one of the computing disciplines who have completed at least 45 credit hours towards their degree, including 30 or more credits at UMGC (in graded coursework) and at least 15 credits from information technology and computer science courses. Undergraduate students need to have a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher and a GPA of 3.5 or higher in all coursework taken from the information technology and computer science courses. Graduate student membership is open to students pursuing a master's degree in cybersecurity management and policy, cybersecurity technology, data analytics, or digital forensics and cyber investigation; a master's degree in information technology with a specialization in database systems technology, informatics, information assurance, software engineering, or telecommunications management; or a legacy master's degree in cybersecurity. Graduate students must have completed at least 18 resident credits towards their degree at UMGC, with a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher. For more information, please email upe@umgc.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

I live and work in Guam and I earned my degree at University of Maryland Global Campus.

Suzan L., Guam, MS in Digital Forensics & Cyber Investigation

 

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