• Program Overview

    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.

    Stevenson University Online's Master of Science in Cyber Forensics 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. As cyber forensics is an evolving field, companies now require the skills of certified IT professionals with cyber forensics master’s degrees.

    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.

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    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. 

  • Admissions / Tuition

    Admissions / Tuition

    • Completed online application.
    • Official college transcript from your degree-granting institution; additional transcripts may be required to demonstrate satisfaction of program-specific prerequisites or at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
    • Bachelor's degree in Information Technology (IT) or advanced coursework/work experience in IT.
    • Personal statement.

    Optional: 

    • Resume of professional experience.
    • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues.
    Tuition Rate Partnership Standard
    Per Credit $536.00 $670.00
    Per Course (3-Credits) $1,608.00 $2,010.00
    • Stevenson University offers a partnership tuition rate through our relationships with local community colleges, hospitals, and organizations. A full list of our partners can be found here.
    • Stevenson University Online has simplified the cost of your education by eliminating all fees. 
    • Financial aid packages are offered to those who qualify.
    • Students are eligible to transfer up to 6-credit hours from a 4-year institution if applicable. 
  • 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

    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

  • Courses

    Courses

    The Master of Science in Cyber Forensics is an online 36-credit hour program.

    • 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