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Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation
Graduate Certificate

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021-2022 academic year.


In the digital forensics and cyber investigation graduate certificate program, you'll examine the foundations of digital forensics and become familiar with industry-standard tools and procedures that are used in conducting forensics investigations related to cybersecurity. You'll learn how to secure and validate digital evidence, recover and analyze digital artifacts, and report and present findings in legal settings.

Program Highlights
  • Refine your communication, critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and leadership skills
  • Apply cyber methodologies to cyber architectures, services, protocols, algorithms, hardware and software components, and programming languages
  • Employ rigorous procedures to enable forensic results that can withstand scrutiny in a court of law
Required Courses

  • (6 Credits, CBR 600)

  • (6 Credits, DFC 610)

  • (6 Credits, DFC 620)
Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you prepare for a career as a cybersecurity first responder or cybercrime analyst.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

No previous experience is needed.

Total Program Credits
18
Transfer Credits
Exactly 6
Format
  • All courses are available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
Tuition Per Credit
  • $329 per credit hour (Europe)
  • $329 per credit hour (Downrange)

See our Tuition Rates page for details.

Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation
Master of Science

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021-2022 academic year.


The Master of Science in digital forensics and cyber investigation at University of Maryland Global Campus is designed to prepare you to meet the growing demand for investigative, leadership, and executive skill in evaluating and managing complex cybersecurity incidents and threats. 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, administrative proceedings, and business purposes.

In this program, you can develop investigative problem-solving skills, contribute to important team deliverables, analyze complex data scenarios, examine digital media for evidentiary artifacts, and write detailed digital forensic examination reports. The applied knowledge and skills you acquire can help government, business, and law enforcement organizations in detecting data breaches, mitigating cyber attacks, identifying responsible parties, and evaluating evidence of digital crime.

UMGC was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Program Highlights
  • Design procedures at a suspected crime scene to ensure that the digital evidence obtained is not corrupted
  • Conduct hands-on forensic searches to identify intrusion methods
  • Employ rigorous procedures to enable forensic results that can withstand scrutiny in a court of law
  • Explain the operation of digital components
  • Seize, image, deconstruct, and analyze digital media for evidence
  • Prepare professional reports
  • Present digital forensics results in a court of law as an expert witness
Required Courses

Introductory Course


  • (6 Credits, CBR 600)

Core Courses


  • (6 Credits, DFC 610)

  • (6 Credits, DFC 620)

  • (6 Credits, DFC 630)

  • (6 Credits, DFC 640)

  • (6 Credits, CYB 670)
Career Preparation

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.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

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

Total Program Credits
36
Transfer Credits
Up to 6
Format
  • All courses are available online
  • Select on-site and hybrid courses available
Tuition Per Credit
  • $329 per credit hour (Europe)
  • $329 per credit hour (Downrange)

See our Tuition Rates page for details.

Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021-2022 academic year.


Located a stone's throw from the FBI, CIA, and NSA‚--and the major metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland‚--UMGC is home to industry leaders who protect cities and the nation from some of our greatest threats. Our criminal justice program can help provide you with an understanding of the nature of crime and the personnel, institutions, and processes that prevent and respond to crime.

Program Highlights
  • Apply critical-thinking skills and logic to analyze and solve a variety of complex problems in the criminal justice environment
  • Manage and evaluate organizational efforts to ensure effective cooperation with stakeholders to prevent, control, and manage crime to ensure public safety
  • Use an ethical framework and an understanding of legal constraints to make decisions as a criminal justice professional
  • Develop specialized technical knowledge and skills relevant to subspecialities in the field of criminal justice to ensure public safety
  • Use interpersonal and leadership skills to work both independently and cooperatively as a member of a criminal justice team
Required Courses

  • (3 Credits, CCJS 100)
    or
    (3 Credits, CCJS 105)

  • (3 Credits, CCJS 340)

  • (3 Credits, CCJS 497)

  • (3 Credits, CCJS 345)

  • (3 Credits, CCJS 350)
    or any upper-level CCJS course

  • (3 Credits, CCJS 230)

  • (3 Credits, CCJS 360)
    or any upper-level CCJS course

  • (3 Credits, CCJS 380)

  • (3 Credits, CCJS 341)

  • (3 Credits, CCJS 352)
    or any upper-level CCJS course

  • (3 Credits, CCJS 495)

Electives

The bachelor's degree in criminal justice requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to move into a command position in law enforcement or meet the degree requirement for federal law enforcement. The content of the degree program is applicable to positions in the public and private sectors. Graduates may find positions throughout the criminal justice system.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

No previous experience is needed.

Total Program Credits
120
Transfer Credits
Up to 90
Format
  • All courses are available online
  • Select on-site and hybrid courses available
Tuition Per Credit
  • $248 per credit hour (Europe)
  • $250 per credit hour (Downrange)

See our Tuition Rates page for details.

Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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