Master of Science in Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation

This program is being taught in a new format starting in fall 2016, and we are no longer accepting applications for the earlier format of the program described below. Check out the program in its new format. Current students should contact their graduate advisor to go over their plan for completing the program requirements.

While technology is changing at such a rapid pace, the rules governing the application of digital forensics to the fields of auditing, homeland security, and law enforcement are evolving as well. The Master of Science (MS) in digital forensics and cyber investigation is designed for midcareer professionals who wish to help meet the challenges posed in uncovering digital evidence. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the program helps provide students with a broad analytical framework for becoming cyber investigators.

The Master of Science (MS) in digital forensics and cyber investigation is designed for midcareer professionals who wish to help meet the challenges posed in uncovering digital evidence.

Program Objectives

  • Apply the basic procedures and technologies for conducting successful forensic examinations of digital media storage devices and computer networks.
  • Design procedures at a suspected crime scene to ensure that the digital evidence obtained is not corrupted.
  • Conduct hands-on forensic searches to identify how digital media and/or digital networks were compromised and the method(s) of intrusion employed.
  • Employ the rigorous procedures necessary to have forensic results stand up to scrutiny in a court of law.
  • Understand the operation of the digital components handled (storage media, networks, etc.) so that all necessary forensic evidence can be extracted and validated.
  • Seize, image, deconstruct, and analyze digital media; analyze logs; decipher network traffic; and report this information in a suitable format.
  • Present digital forensics results in a court of law as an expert witness.
  • Apply a strong ethical foundation to ensure that their results are above reproach.

Overall Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation requires the successful completion of 36 credits of coursework, including a 6-credit end-of-program capstone course.

Required Core Courses

UCSP 615* Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0) (Must complete within first 6 credits of study.)

  • CSEC 610 Cyberspace and Cybersecurity (6)
  • CSEC 620 Human Aspects in Cybersecurity: Ethics, Legal Issues and Psychology (6)
  • CSEC 650 Cyber Crime Investigation and Digital Forensics (6)
  • CSEC 661 Digital Forensics Investigation (6)
  • CSEC 662 Cyber Incident Analysis and Response (6)

Required Capstone Course

CSEC 670 Cybersecurity Capstone (6)

Total credits for the Master of Science in Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation (36)

Course Sequencing

All new students are required to take the noncredit course UCSP 615* Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC within their first 6 credits of study.

  1. Courses should be taken in order.
  2. CSEC 610 must be taken as the first course.
  3. Students must complete all other coursework before taking CSEC 670.
  4. Courses may not be taken concurently.

Recommendation

The cybersecurity curriculum makes extensive use of online multimedia learning objects and interactive exercises. Thus, the minimum recommended Internet connection speed is 512kb/second.

This program relies heavily on fundamental information technology concepts. Students who want to refresh their knowledge or have little to no experience in computer hardware and software—including operating systems, networks, and how the Internet works—are strongly encouraged to take UCSP 625. Students have the option to take UCSP 625 before enrolling in CSEC 610 or along with CSEC 610.

Career Paths

  • Computer forensic specialist
  • Computer forensic examiner

Admission Requirements

UMUC does not require submission of GRE or GMAT scores for admission to graduate degree. For more information, please visit Graduate Admissions Requirements.

Dual Degree Option

Master of Science in Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation/Master of Business Administration

If you began this program prior to fall 2016 and maintained continuous enrollment, you may be able to add the Master of Business Administration and earn a dual degree. You must complete all requirements for the first degree before beginning the MBA. Please contact an advisor at 800-888-UMUC (8682) to establish a plan for completing the dual degree.

Required Courses

UCSP 615* Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study.

  • DMBA 610 Ethical Leadership in Organizations and Society (6)
  • DMBA 620 Effective Financial and Operational Decision Making (6)
  • DMBA 630 Marketing and Strategy Management in the Global Marketplace (6)

* The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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