• 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 Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics 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 both cybersecurity and digital forensics are evolving fields, companies now require the skills of certified and master's-prepared IT professionals.

    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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  • 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 a technical or quantitative field of study OR related professional work experience (highly recommended).
    • Personal statement.


    • Resume of professional experience.
    • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues.
    Tuition Rate Partnership Standard
    Per Credit $556.00 $695.00
    Per Course (3-Credits) $1,668.00 $2,085.00
    • 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


    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


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

    Choose 1 of the following 3 courses (3 credits):

    • FSCOR 601 Foundations of Justice OR
    • FSCOR 603 Litigation Theory and Practice OR
    • FSCOR 606 Forensic Journal Research and Review

    Required courses (27 credits): 

    • CYBF 642 File Systems Forensic Analysis
    • CYBF 643 Incident Response and Evidence Collection
    • CYBF 644 Windows Forensic Examinations
    • CYBF 646 Window Intrusion Forensic Investigations
    • CYBF 662 Network Penetration Testing
    • CYBF 671 Cyber Hunting
    • CYBF 680 Legal Compliance and Ethics
    • CYBF 685 Malware Detection, Analysis, and Prevention
    • CYBF 710 Mock Intrusion and Response

    Electives: Choose 2 of the following courses (6 credits): 

    • FSAAC 620 Forensic Information Technology
    • FSEL 610 Advanced eDiscovery
    • FSEL 630 Open Source Investigation
    • CYBF 650 Intrusion Detection Systems, Firewalls, and Auditing
    • CYBF 663 Network and Cloud Forensics
    • CYBF 670 Cyber Warfare and Cyber Terrorism