Digital Forensics Graduate Certificate

CNSS - LogoComputers and various digital devices are used throughout organizations large and small to operate daily business. The fundamental role of digital systems in business brings with it serious security challenges. Hackers and criminals are constantly attacking all types of organizations. To mitigate such risks, it is important for IT specialists to obtain a comprehensive overview of digital forensics. This specialized graduate certificate program in digital forensics will provide students comprehensive “digital crime scene investigation” knowledge. This program introduces students to forensic analysis policy and procedures, forensic analysis tools, data recovery, and investigation, among other topics.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of the computer forensics tools necessary to launch a complete and successful digital forensics investigation in civil, criminal, or administrative cases.
  • Proficiency in conducting network forensics analysis, including determining how a perpetrator or an attacker gained access to a network and transmitted felonious digital data.
  • Competence sufficient to conduct a comprehensive “digital crime scene investigation” and mastery of skills pertaining to acquisition of digital evidence, conducting analysis, presenting a report, and being an expert witness in a court.

Program Options

Available on campus and in the following format:

  • Blended: By combining the convenience of online study and the dynamic of face-to-face learning, the blended format provides added flexibility and new avenues of opportunity for those with demanding schedules. Each course for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics combines online study with four on-campus Saturday meetings per semester.

Admission Information

Prerequisite courses or evidence of proficiency in these areas must accompany the application to the program. If college-level credit courses are not in evidence, the department will determine what prerequisite courses must be completed in addition to the graduate certificate requirements. Students claiming equivalent proficiency in prerequisite courses from non-academic sources must take an examination to demonstrate such proficiency.

Official transcripts of previous academic work, two letters of recommendation, personal statement and résumé are required as part of the application.

A maximum of two graduate-level courses (8 credits) taken at Metropolitan College prior to acceptance into the program may be applied toward the certificate.

Minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate certificate program is C (2.0), but an average grade of B (3.0) must be maintained to be in good academic standing and satisfy the certificate requirements.

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Transfer of Credits to Degree Programs

Academic credits earned toward the Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics may be transferred to the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems.

Program Requirements

Prerequisites

Previous programming experience and any bachelor’s degree. Some courses may have additional prerequisites.

Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 625 Business Data Communication and Networks
  • MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
  • MET CS 703 Network Forensics
  • MET CS 713 Advanced Digital Forensics or
    MET CS 699 Data Mining and Business Intelligence

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