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of
digital forensics

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Digital Forensics

The goal of the Master of Science in Digital Forensics is to provide the next step for professionals and graduates of the Master of Science in Cyber Security program to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to start a career in digital forensics. Digital technology is changing rapidly and requires individuals who not only have a passion for forensics and incident response, but who are also lifelong learners who can keep up with the changing environment. The program seeks to provide a current, practical, and important foundation needed to complete certification exams in digital forensics.

Key Areas of Focus

  • Monitoring
  • Security
  • Negotiations
  • Management
  • Administration
  • Communication
  • Maintenance
  • Planning
  • Reporting
  • Problem-solving
  • Presentation
  • Decision-making
  • Critical Thinking
  • Coordination
  • Scheduling
When digital forensics
closed the case
  • 2000
    Michelle Theer

    On Dec. 17, 2000, John Diamond shot and killed Air Force Capt. Marty Theer. Digital Forensic investigation uncovered 88,000 digital messages on Michelle Theer's computer, including personal ads and emails in 1999 revealing clear evidence of a secual relationship between Theer and Diamond. These communications eventually documented a conspiracy to murder Theer's husband. Theer was found guilty on December 3, 2004 of murder and conspiracy.

    laptop
  • 2005
    The BTK Killer

    After eluding Kansas police for more than 30 years, the BTK serial killer re-emerged from hiding, brazenly sending the police a floppy disk with a letter on it revealing his latest victim. Digital forensics found on the disc a deleted Microsoft Word file. The file's metadata contained the name "Dennis" as the last person to modify the deleted file, and a link to a Lutheran Church where this copy of Word was registered. At this church was Deacon Dennis Lynn Rader who believed floppy disks could not be traced. He was arrested in 2005 and pled guilty. He is currently serving 10 consecutive life sentences.

    disk
  • 2014
    Casey Lee Chinn

    When two 13-year-old girls went missing in Andover, Minnesota, detectives looked into the girls' smartphones, discovering sexually explicit texts. Police followed the digital evidence to Casey Lee Chinn who met the girls through a free online chat site. Police tracked them to Chinn's Burnsville home and charged Chinn was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after pleading guilty in February to kidnapping and sexual assault.

    smartphone

complete your
Master of Science in Digital Forensics

through classroom instruction at one of our Virginia campuses, online instruction, or a combination of both.

total required for graduation

54
credits

12
classes

Earn Your Degree
on Your Time
CampusOnline

On Campus or online

Where our classes are offered

Time

5 - 10 weeks

Time needed to complete a class

Calander

15 Months

Time needed to finish a master’s degree

Admissions Requirements: Students with an accredited undergraduate degree in computer science, information systems, or other related field, may be deemed to have acquired competency in the core areas. All the courses must have been passed with a grade of C or better. Students with an undergraduate degree in an unrelated field are required to demonstrate competency in the IT core areas. Competency can be demonstrated by completing necessary coursework prior to beginning graduate studies at Stratford University, by completing the appropriate bridge courses offered through the Stratford University on-campus or online program, or through Prior Learning Assessment.
Competency Requirements

  • CIS390- Basic Computer Technology, Applications, and Security Bridge
  • CIS391- Server/OS, Relational Databases, and Software Security Bridge
  • CIS392- Networking Bridge

Program Requirements

Complete Your Degreeby meeting the following program requirements
  • Complete Core Requirements

Core Requirements

Complete the following core requirements for the Master of Science in Digital Forensics

Core Requirements

Complete all following courses

CIS615
Cyber Security Prevention and Protection
CIS655
Strategies in Cyber Conflict
CIS660
Culture of Security
CIS665
Physical Security
CIS621
Cyber Crime
CIS623
Cyber Forensic Data Collection and Prevention
CIS625
Analysis of Forensic Data
CIS627
Validation and Testimony Preparation
CIS629
Advanced Digital Forensics
CIS670
Digital Forensics Capstone
CIS631
Cyber Law and Compliance
CIS694
Auditing and Incident Response

Cooperative Education Option

In this optional program area, students benefit from the opportunity to apply the skills learned in the classroom in a real world environment. Students may incorporate cooperative education courses throughout the program instead of waiting until program completion. These optional courses are in addition to the program outline above.

CIS599
Cooperative Education: Computer Information Systems
  • Core
    Requirements

    Core
    Requirements

    In this optional program area, students benefit from the opportunity to apply the skills learned in the classroom in a real world environment. Students may incorporate cooperative education courses throughout the program instead of waiting until program completion. These optional courses are in addition to the program outline above.

    • Core Requirements

      Complete all following courses

      CIS615
      Cyber Security Prevention and Protection
      CIS655
      Strategies in Cyber Conflict
      CIS660
      Culture of Security
      CIS665
      Physical Security
      CIS621
      Cyber Crime
      CIS623
      Cyber Forensic Data Collection and Prevention
      CIS625
      Analysis of Forensic Data
      CIS627
      Validation and Testimony Preparation
      CIS629
      Advanced Digital Forensics
      CIS670
      Digital Forensics Capstone
      CIS631
      Cyber Law and Compliance
      CIS694
      Auditing and Incident Response
  • Cooperative Education Option

    Cooperative Education Option

    In this optional program area, students benefit from the opportunity to apply the skills learned in the classroom in a real world environment. Students may incorporate cooperative education courses throughout the program instead of waiting until program completion. These optional courses are in addition to the program outline above.

    • Cooperative Education

      CIS599
      Cooperative Education: Computer Information Systems