Explore Digital Forensic Science
Gain advanced education in a growing field with a graduate certificate in digital forensic science. The comprehensive curriculum for this one-of-a-kind program delves into all aspects of digital forensics, including operating system analysis, mobile device analysis, and network forensics. Through the use of both commercial and open-source forensic tools, you'll gain mastery of over 28 key applications, platforms, and programming languages.
This certificate is designed as a stand-alone credential, but all credits transfer to Champlain's award-winning, nationally recognized online master's in digital forensics program should you wish to continue your education.
A Nationally Recognized Leader in Digital Forensics
Champlain is a nationally recognized leader in cybersecurity and digital forensics education and home of the Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation & Cybersecurity. With a robust faculty of expert-practitioner instructors who have significant experience working for top organizations and are sought-after thought leaders in the field, we specialize in building agile cybersecurity and digital forensics programs that the meet mission-critical needs of today's businesses, nonprofit organizations, and state and federal governments.
Champlain has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the U.S. National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security since 2006, and Champlain cybersecurity programs have been named best in the nation by SC Magazine. Champlain is also designated as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Air Force Office of Special Investigations - the fifth college in the nation to receive this distinction.
Build Your Career Future
Designed for those looking to take their digital forensics education to the next level, this graduate certificate was built with employer needs and industry trends in mind. Whether you're working towards a master's degree, are looking for additional certification in the field, or are in a related field and want in-depth digital forensics proficiency, a graduate certificate is a great way to highlight these in-demand skills and showcase subject matter expertise, as well as gain knowledge that can be applied to your workplace from day one.
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Propel your career even further with our Fast Start Formula Career Bundle designed to get you noticed and get you hired. Gain access to the Fast Start Formula Career Course, the Landing A Job You'll Love Ebook, and live webinars with "hot seat" coaching by Executive Career Coach Jen Morris.
Academic Excellence and Recognition
Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education
Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report
Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community
Named the among the best schools with accelerated bachelor's degrees by Intelligent.com
Accomplish More with a Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensic Science
The global digital forensics industry is poised for significant growth as a result of increasing cybersecurity threats; projections estimate the market to be worth over $6.65 billion by 2025 - rising at a rate of nearly 33% between 2020 and 2030. As a result of this high demand for qualified digital forensics professionals, the median salary for this career path is $103,590, and the profession was named one of the "top 100 careers with big growth, great pay, and satisfying work" in CNNMoney's list of the Best Jobs in America.*
A specialized certificate can help you build new skills, differentiate your resume, and demonstrate your value as an employee in your current organization.
*Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2020
Top Reasons to Earn a Graduate Certificate
- Climb the career ladder
- Build new skills
- Earn a recognized credential
- Differentiate your resume
- Test a new field
- Pursue a passion
- Demonstrate subject matter expertise
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online digital forensics graduate certificate, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online digital forensic science courses encompass the top skills needed by today's computer forensics professionals.
Required Courses (6 Credits):
Students will be using FTK Imager, Magnet Encrypted Disk Detector, OS Forensics Volatility Workbench, Kali Linux, Reg Ripper, Network Miner, and Wireshark to develop a foundation framework for the practice of Digital investigations, including technical and managerial issues.
Students will use tools such as The Sleuth Kit and Volatility to conduct forensic analysis of PC & server operating systems and software running on those systems, while gaining a knowledge set of forensic relevant information about operating systems, including those used in mobile devices. Finally, students will look at the challenges of virtualization, including those that come with the growth of Cloud systems.
Choose Two of The Following (6 Credits):
In this class, students use tools like nfdump, Snort and Wireshark for network forensic analysis in the context of the role of an incident response team.
This course will teach the concepts and techniques needed to preserve and analyze data on a range of mobile electronic devices, including mobile phones, tablets, eBook readers, and GPS systems. Some of the tools used in this course are Magnet Forensics Axiom, Access Data FTK Imager, EnCase, Cellebrite Physical Analyzer, DB Browser, and Andriller.
In DFS-565, we discuss some of the challenges and decisions that confront managers, supervisors, and administrators in private and public lab environments. We will examine some of the special situations that professionals might encounter during digital forensics lab careers. This class is less focused on the technical aspects of digital forensics and more on some of the human aspects of managing people, making decisions, and managing administrative operations in the lab environment.
In this class, students will assess and discuss the legal issues currently affecting the practice of digital forensics. Some of the highlights are the study of the following topics: “Cloud Act” and “Data Nationalism”; Supreme Court’s Efforts to Meet the Challenges of “Digital Evidence”; Encryption vs Privacy; and GDPR and the “Right to Be Forgotten.”
Graduates of the digital forensic science online graduate certificate program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Implement the principles of crime scene investigation.
- Evaluate the role of evidence management in forensic examinations.
- Develop methodologies for the preservation and analysis of digital devices.
- Conduct forensic analysis of digital devices and data including PC and Server Operating Systems, application software, and server software.
- Cellebrite Physical Analyzer
- DB Browser
- EnCase Enscript
- FTK Imager
- Interactive Disassembler Professional (IDA Pro)
- Kali Linux
- Krypto ANALyzer (KANAL)
- Magnet Encrypted Disk Detector
- Magnetic Forensics Axiom
- Mandiant IOC Editor
- Microsoft Powershell
- Network Miner
- OS Forensics Volatility Workbench
- Reg Ripper
- The Sleuth Kit
- UNIX Shell Script
Champlain College Online's computer forensics faculty, led by Kathleen Hyde, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our digital forensics curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s digital forensics professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the field and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
Alumni of the Champlain College Online digital forensics graduate certificate program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire Arms, and Explosives (ATF)
- Cox Automotive
- Duke Energy Corporation
- Forensic Risk Alliance
- New York State Police
- U.S. Department of State
Titles our alumni hold include:
- Advisory Consultant
- Digital Forensic Analyst
- Information Management Technical Specialist
- Senior Investigator
- Senior Software Professional
- Special Agent
- System Technician
- VP of Training Operations for the Americas
Many students come to us seeking ways to get noticed at their current employers or to get hired in a new field. Given that, we are hyper focused on increasing the career mobility of our students and that's why we developed the Fast Start Formula Career Bundle, a suite of career offerings designed to help our students get noticed, get hired and land jobs they'll love.
Valued at over $1,000, the career bundle is offered to Champlain College Online students and includes:
- Fast Start Formula Course: The Fast Start Formula Course for getting noticed and getting hired is taught by Jen Morris, an executive career coach that we've developed a partnership with to support our students in their job search journeys. This course is online, self-paced and full of tips and tricks to land a job you'll love.
- Live Webinars: Log-on to ask your specific job search questions, get live “hot seat” coaching and gain valuable insights from leading career coach, Jen Morris.
- Landing A Job You'll Love Ebook: Download this ebook full of tips and tricks for standing out from the competition. From how to optimize your LinkedIn profile, to insider information on how recruiters work and bypassing the automated application websites, you’ll be sure to learn how rise to the top.
Upon enrollment in a degree or certificate, your access to the Fast Start Formula Career Bundle will made available to you.
Tuition & Costs
Graduate Tuition Fall '23 - Summer '24
*Based on a 3-credit course; cost will vary if course is a different number of credits
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