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Program at a Glance

Type
Online Master’s
College
Engineering and Computer Science
Next Start Date

May 16, 2022

Costs
$327.32
Per Credit Hour

16
Week
Terms
30
Credit
Hours

Costs
$1,151.72
Per Credit Hour

16
Weeks
Terms
30
Credit
Hours
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Most Innovative University 2022


Advance cybersecurity and safety through the power of digital forensics.

Digital threats, crimes and security are some of today’s most important and cutting-edge topics. With society’s growing dependence on web-based services and communities, there’s an increasing need for innovators who understand the nuances of modern technology security and safety. It’s your time to become a leading voice in the digital forensics field.

When you advance your knowledge through digital forensics courses online, you’ll solve important problems and stand out as a leader in digital evidence investigations. UCF Online’s program will equip you with skills in communication, problem-solving, computer technology, and more. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of computer crime and cybersecurity, as well as communication techniques for expert forensic examiners and witnesses.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates rapid growth in this field — as much as 33 percent for certain jobs between 2020 and 2030. Join this thriving field and earn your master’s degree in as little as two years. This comprehensive, online digital forensics program represents a collaboration between various UCF Online departments (Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Forensic Science of Chemistry, Criminal Justice and Legal Studies) and the National Center for Forensic Science. Get started today and become a leader in the robust, growing field of digital forensics.

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Highlights

#1
Ranked No. 1 online master’s in computer forensics program in 2022 by intelligent.com.
$103K
Median pay for digital forensics grads is $103,000.

Application Deadlines

Fall

July 1


Spring

Dec 1


Summer

April 1

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Fall

July 1


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Dec 1


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Course Requirements

In order to earn your master of science in Digital Forensics, you’ll need to complete 30 credit hours of study beyond the bachelor’s degree with required, intensive specialization in topics related to digital forensics.

Number of Core Classes

In order to earn your Digital Forensics, MS you’ll need to complete 12 credit hours of required digital forensic courses. In addition to your required courses, you’ll need to take 12 credit hours of restricted electives.

Thesis Vs Nonthesis Option

Students can choose from a thesis or nonthesis option to complete this program. Students interested in the thesis option will take six credit hours in CAP 6971. Students not interested in a thesis can instead take one elective course and the “CDA 6946: Internship” course, or take two electives.

Courses You’ll Take Include

Explore several forensics case studies and apply knowledge and skills acquired to practical assignments.

An in-depth study of wireless computer security, security management, cryptography, computer forensics, and related areas.

Operating System and File Systems Forensics

Gain a practical understanding of the fundamental procedures required to correctly conduct digital forensics on Windows, Linux, and Macintosh operating systems, file systems, and associated applications.


Skills You’ll Gain

  • Prepare for a career in digital forensics examination, forensic tool development, tool verification, and validation, security and forensics administration, or pursue advanced studies.
  • Gain the communication skills, both oral and written, to become an effective problem solver as well as an expert witness and forensic examiner.
  • Participate as an effective team member or team leader in digital evidence investigations.
Explore the full course list within the program brochure.


Career Opportunities

This program will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to excel in your field. The skills gained from this program combined with your professional experience will enable you to grow within your field. Some positions that may be available to you upon graduation include:

  • Security Managers
  • Security Management Specialists
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Forensic Science Technicians
  • Emergency Management Directors

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Why UCF Online?

With over 25 years of experience in online teaching and learning, UCF Online offers students an innovative approach to education. Our degrees are accessible, convenient, and designed with working professionals in mind so you can receive a quality education on your terms.



Online Support for Success

You’ve made the decision to continue your education and we’re here to help. From the moment you express interest in a UCF Online program, you’re assigned an enrollment coach to help you navigate everything from completing an application to understanding tuition and the financial aid resources available to you. Once you’re admitted, you’ll be transitioned to a personal success coach who will support you with maintaining school-life balance from the first day of classes through graduation. You’ve committed to furthering your education and we’re committed to guiding you along the way. Connect with a coach now.

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