2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Digital Forensics, MS

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Michael Sponsler
College of Arts & Sciences




The M.S. in Digital Forensics is a 36-credit program that combines the iSchool’s expertise in information security, digital forensics, and data analytics with the forensic science expertise of the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences. Digital forensics is the acquisition and analysis of evidentiary information that is stored or transferred in binary form. Digital evidence is found on computers, networks, mobile devices, drones, “smart devices,” and in “the cloud.” Single investigations often generate dozens of digital devices with terabytes of data. It is the fastest growing area in forensics science. Courses will provide training and experience in the collection, examination, analysis, reporting, and legal proceedings involving digital evidence, preparing graduates for careers in in digital forensics, information security, business intelligence, investigations, and traditional forensic science.

I. Primary Core

(21 credits) - Students are required to take one from the following seven courses.

II Secondary Core

Secondary core (3 credits) - Students must take one from the courses listed below. 

IV. Research

Each student is required to participate in original research, write a detailed report of publishable quality, and successfully defend the results in front of a committee of three faculty members in a public seminar. This research should be conducted as part of an on- or off-campus research project, internship, or independent study. Additional credits of independent study or internship may be used to satisfy elective credit by petition.

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