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Online Master's in Cyber Forensics

Gain the Skills to Succeed in an Evolving Field

Master the technical and legal expertise needed to prosecute cyber criminals. 

Online Master's in Cyber Forensics
  • Program Overview

    Companies are looking for highly skilled personnel to detect, track, record, and interpret digital forensic data that can then be used to initiate prosecutions or secure convictions.

    The Stevenson University Online Master of Science in Cyber Forensics online degree provides an advanced education for experienced information technology professionals interested in the analysis of forensically collected and acquired digital evidence. Our graduate program trains technology professionals to preserve, acquire, analyze, interpret, and document critical forensic findings for use in legal and computer security proceedings.

    Cyber forensics is an evolving field. With attack vectors constantly shifting and organizations under scrutiny to ensure they have effectively safeguarded user and corporate information, companies now require the skills of certified IT professionals with cyber forensics master’s degrees.

    Online Cyber Forensics Degree: The Stevenson University Online Advantage

    With both on-campus and remote access to Stevenson University Online’s highly specialized virtual lab environment, students utilize state-of-the-art forensic technology to perform hands-on work related to advanced forensic analysis. Exercises based on real-life events such as thefts of electronic information, cyber attacks, and other cyber crimes are used to educate students. This real-world training provides the foundation for practical education and dovetails with the Stevenson University mission to embrace career planning while encompassing critical learning tasks.

    In addition, relevant technical and legal topics are covered to ensure students excel when encountering incident responses, intrusion analyses and presentation of findings. Graduates of our master’s in Cyber Forensics program are not only able to provide data that can be used to prosecute offenders, they are also able to design incident response and analysis systems that address new and emerging cyber threat vectors.

    The Mock Intrusion and Response Capstone

    A unique aspect of Stevenson University Online’s forensics programs, the Mock Intrusion and Response Capstone provides students with real-life experience as forensic specialists. The Capstone is the culmination of the Cyber Forensics master’s program and offers students the opportunity to apply the forensic techniques they have learned in a practical, time-sensitive setting.

    Students begin by creating curriculum vitae and engagement letters as if they were hired as consultants to investigate a case. Next, they analyze evidence from a case, create detailed reports of their methodology and analysis, and ultimately defend their findings as forensic evidence. This not only provides students a much-needed foundation to manage the demands of uncovering forensic evidence, but also prepares them to defend their data when presenting their findings both within and outside of their organizations. 

    Center for Forensic Excellence

    Stevenson University Online has established a Center for Forensic Excellence to promote collaboration and innovation in the Maryland forensics community. The Center will provide continuing professional education for career development, conduct and publish scholarly and applied research, and hold events for forensics professionals. This is a critical part of Stevenson University Online’s commitment to cyber ethics and information sharing; Stevenson University Online recognizes that as cyber crime events become more common and more sophisticated, the security community must focus on cooperation above corporatism and maximize the ability of cyber forensic experts to uncover critical data, draw relevant conclusions and reduce overall information security risk.

    For more information, contact us at gps-inquiry@stevenson.edu or call 1-877-531-7113.

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  • Courses

    Courses

    Cyber Forensics is a 36-credit hour master's program. All coursework can be completed entirely online in 8-week sessions with the exception of an 8-hour residency requirement for CYBF 664.

    Core Courses

    • CYBF 643 Incident Response and Evidence Collection
    • CYBF 644 Windows Forensic Examinations
    • CYBF 661 E-Systems Security OR CYBF 646 Window Intrusion Forensic Investigations
    • CYBF 650 Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Firewalls, Auditing
    • CYBF 662 Network Penetration Testing
    • CYBF 663 Network and Cloud Forensics
    • CYBF 664 Mobile Device Forensics*
    • CYBF 670 Cyber Warfare and Cyber Terrorism
    • CYBF 675 Live Response and Live Acquisition
    • CYBF 680 Legal Compliance and Ethics
    • CYBF 685 Malware Detection, Analysis, and Prevention
    • CYBF 710 Mock Intrusion and Response

    *On-campus, 8-hour Session within Course

    On-site Residency Experience

    As a part of the program, all students enrolling in the CYBF 664 Mobile Device Forensics course must attend an on-campus, 8-hour session. Students will gain hands-on experience performing acquisitions of mobile devices using current industry tools.
  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    • Completed online application.
    • Official college transcripts from all previous academic work.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
    • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues.
    • Personal statement.
    • Resume of professional experience.

    Program Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree in a related field (Information Assurance, Computer Science, Network Administration, or Computer Security)
    • Two years of related work experience.
    OR
    • Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field.
    • Five years of experience in information technology, telecommunication systems, system administration, network management, or information assurance.
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Thomas Byrd (2017)
    Program Coordinator and Adjunct Professor, Cyber Forensics
    B.S., University of Nebraska
    M.S., Illinois Institute of Technology
    J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law 

    Adam Mattina (2012)
    Adjunct Instructor of Cyber Forensics
    B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology
    MBA, The George Washington University

    Ronald McGuire (2013)
    Adjunct Instructor, Cyber Forensics
    B.S., Western Carolina University

    Jared Myers (2016)
    Adjunct Instructor, Cyber Forensics
    B.A., Arkansas State University
    M.S., Stevenson University

    Kevin R. Rivera (2009)
    Adjunct Instructor of Forensic Studies
    B.S., Park University
    M.S., Norwich University

    Michael K. Robinson (2009)
    Adjunct Instructor of Cyber Forensics
    B.S., Drexel University
    M.S., University of Maryland
    M.S., Stevenson University

    Jennifer Schneider (2011)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., M.S., Stevenson University

    Ronald L. Shaffer, Jr. (2007)
    Adjunct Instructor of Information Technology
    B.S., Strayer University
    M.S., Capitol College

    Jason Zeiler (2012)
    Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice, GPS, and Cyber Forensics
    B.S., Excelsior College
    M.S., Troy University
    M.S., Stevenson University

  • Tuition

    Tuition

    Established in 1947, Stevenson University has a long history of providing students an affordable, private education. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, in addition to a reduced-tuition rate through partnerships with community colleges, healthcare organizations, and other organizations and corporations. For a full list of Stevenson's partners, please visit our Partnerships page.

    The following reflects the total cost of a master’s degree if completing 36-credit hours. Students are eligible to transfer up to 6-credit hours from a 4-year institution if applicable. 

    Stevenson University Online has simplified the cost of your education by eliminating all fees.

    Master’s Program Cost Per
    Credit Hour
    Cost Per Course
    (3-Credit Hours)
    Total Cost of Master's
    (36-Credit Hours)
    Cyber Forensics $670.00 $2,010.00 $24,120.00*

    *Does not include books.

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