• Program Overview

    Program Overview

    As the world’s dependency on computers and mobile technologies increases, so does the demand for digital forensic experts that can investigate and effectively present evidence recovered from digital crimes. The use of digital evidence in litigation continues to be more prevalent and requires professionals that are prepared to assist in litigation support services in the area of electronic evidence. 

    Stevenson University Online's Master of Science in Digital Forensics prepares students to identify, acquire, restore, and analyze electronic data. Our graduate program provides students with the knowledge to design a comprehensive methodology to cover the acquisition, preservation, and analysis of various forms of digital evidence.

    Developed for working professionals, Stevenson's Digital Forensics graduate program is offered fully online. Stevenson’s master’s program equips students with the skills to communicate their findings, analysis, and conclusions effectively, especially as expert witnesses during trials. Courses in Stevenson University’s online master’s in Digital Forensics program are taught by practicing digital forensic experts and focus on the integration of auditing, computer forensics, and investigative analyses into coherent, defensible conclusions.

    New Positions in the Digital Forensics Field

    In a 2017, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report, data indicates that job opportunities for positions similar to digital forensic experts are likely to significantly increase and could equate to 160,000 new jobs in the field. The Maryland Long-Term Projections indicates the number of openings in digital forensics will grow significantly between 2014 and 2024 and the State will require more than 9,000 professionals trained in digital forensics fields.

    The Mock Trial Capstone

    A distinction of Stevenson University Online’s forensic programs, the Mock Trial Capstone provides students with real-world experience and training in investigation, evidence collection, and presenting forensic evidence in a courtroom setting. The capstone can be completed online and is also offered on campus in our state-of-the-art mock trial courtroom.

    Certificate Option

    Stevenson also offers an 18-credit, online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Digital Forensics.

  • Admissions / Tuition

    Admissions / Tuition

    • Completed online application. 
    • Completion of bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • 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.
    • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
    • Degree in Information Technology (IT) or advanced coursework/work experience in IT.
    • Personal statement.
    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 

    Ronald L. Clark (2017)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    M.S., Bellevue University

    Thomas D. Coogan (1988)
    Department Chair and Professor of Forensic Studies
    B.A., Hamilton College
    M.A., Antioch College
    J.D., Antioch School of Law

    Dean E. Cook
    Professor, Information Systems
    Ph.D., University of Missouri 

    Emmet Davitt (2005)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.A., University of Virginia
    J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Steven Engorn (2004)
    Program Coordinator, Business and Technology Management and Assistant Professor Information Technology
    A.A., Catonsville Community College
    B.S., American University
    M.B.A., Loyola College of Maryland

    Maria Howell (2006)
    Professor of Forensic Studies
    B.A., The Johns Hopkins University
    J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Carolyn H. Johnson (1998)
    Professor of Forensic Studies
    B.A., Dickinson College
    J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Barbara Jung (2015)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    J.D., University of Baltimore

    Pamela Kessler (2005)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.A., University of Maryland, College Park
    J.D., University of Baltimore

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

    Susan A. Schenning (2005)
    Associate Professor of Forensic Studies
    B.A., Notre Dame of Maryland University
    J.D., University of Baltimore

    Ronald L. Shaffer, Jr. (2007)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., Strayer University
    M.S., Capitol College

    Richard K. West (2009)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., Lawrence University
    J.D., Northwestern University

    Jason Zeiler (2010)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., Excelsior College
    M.S., Troy University
    M.S., Stevenson University

    Joyce A. Zerhusen (2004)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., Villa Julie College
    M.S., University of Baltimore

  • Courses

    Courses

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

    • FSCOR 601 Foundations of Justice
    • FSCOR 604 Evidence
    • FSCOR 606 Forensic Journal Research and Review
    • FSIS 642 File Systems Forensic Analysis
    • FSIS 643 Incident Response and Evidence Collection
    • FSIS 644 Windows Forensic Examinations
    • FSCOR 702 Mock Trial Capstone

    Elective Requirements

    The master's in Digital Forensics requires four electives. Students can choose from the following electives:

    • FSIS 646 Windows Intrusion Forensic Investigations
    • FSIS 650 Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Firewalls, Auditing
    • FSIS 662 Network Penetration Testing
    • FSIS 663 Network and Cloud Forensics
    • FSIS 664 Mobile Device Forensics