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Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations Online Undergraduate Certificate Program


100% Online

24/7 Access to Coursework

Semester Schedule

Two 7-Week Terms Per Semester

Three Semesters Per Year

Credit Hours Required


Time Commitment

10-17 Hours Per Course Per Week

*Some courses in this certificate program may have prerequisites. Cost

Cost per Credit


$250 Active Duty Military


Fast & Free Application

Apply By

April 10, 2020

Classes Start

May 11, 2020

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The Online Learning Experience
April 17: 2:00 PM

Explore Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations

Gain a foundation in digital forensics (including knowledge of over 23 applications, platforms and programming languages) and enter this growing field with a credential employers will respect with Champlain's online computer forensics and digital investigations certificate.

This certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program, or can be used as a stepping stone on the way to obtaining your bachelor's degree in computer forensics & digital investigationscybersecurity, or economic crime investigation online.

A Nationally Recognized Leader in Digital Forensics

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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

We understand how important it is for busy working adults to gain knowledge and expertise quickly, which is why our computer forensics and digital investigations certificate coursework is applicable to the workplace from day one. Whether you've already earned an undergraduate degree or you're currently pursuing your bachelor's degree, a computer forensics and digital investigations certificate is a great way to earn a credential in the field, get your resume noticed, and demonstrate proficiency in a focused area of knowledge.

Academic Excellence and Recognition

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Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education

US News & World Report Best Online Programs Bachelor's Badge 2020

Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report

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Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community

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Named among the top MBA programs by Abound/Colleges of Distinction

Gain New Skills with a Certificate

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 10% between 2017 and 2018.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019

Top reasons to pursue a certificate

  • Enter a new field
  • Build new skills
  • Gain knowledge on your way towards a degree
  • Differentiate your resume
  • Earn a credential
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a focused area of learning
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Program Details

Learn more about Champlain's 100% online computer forensics & digital investigations undergraduate certificate, designed for working professionals.

Champlain's online computer forensics and digital investigations courses encompass the top skills needed by today's digital forensics professionals.

Required Courses:

  • Criminal Law
  • Anti-Forensics and Network Forensics
  • Digital Forensic Investigation Techniques
  • Operating System Forensics

Plus Two Of The Following:

  • Mobile Forensics
  • White-Collar Crime
  • Cybercrime
  • File Forensics

Provides a comprehensive analysis of the fundamentals of substantive criminal law. Students will learn the essential elements of crimes and the rationale underlying criminal law. The nature of jurisdiction, the criminal act, the criminal state of mind and matters affecting responsibility for criminal conduct are included.

Dig into network forensics and anti-forensics in this course, where students examine files for hidden messages and learn to use programs like MobileFish, OpenPuff and SilentEye to hide files in images and audio files, and Wireshark and NetworkMiner to analyze packet captures. Students also work with the Windows registry, practice locating Internet passwords from browsers using IE PassView and Google tools, and encrypt files/folders using AESCrypt and similar open source programs.


CFDI-240 and CMIT-130

This exciting course introduces students to the myriad software tools and best practices for handling digital evidence. Labs utilize Champlain College Online's Forensic VDI and challenge students to begin building their skills, from creating a hash value for a forensic copy with X-Ways Forensics and FTK Imager, to examining evidence with The Sleuth Kit (TSK), Autopsy and/or EnCase.


Complete CMIT-135 and CMIT-140

Building on the skills students have previously acquired, this course offers students the opportunity to deep dive into a case using X-Ways Forensics to examine the registry, understand "typical" user activities on the Internet (social media and search histories, for example), and create a timeline/events. Students also gain more experience with RegRipper along with an introduction to analyzing a memory dump using Volatility.


Complete CFDI-240

For students excited by the prospect of analyzing mobile devices for artifacts, this course offers plenty of hands-on opportunities to work with files from smartphones (Android and iOS), and drones. Students gain experience with FTK Imager, Autopsy, Cellebrite UFED Reader and Cellebrite UFED Physical Analyzer, and Magnet Internet Evidence Finder (IEF), and also learn to use AccessData Password Recovery Tool Kit (PRTK) to decrypt a file.



White collar crime investigations often require investigators and examiners to dig deep because the schemes to defraud are complex. In this course, students examine many different types of white-collar crime, including frauds (consumer, securities, corporate and fiduciary, and health care), environmental crimes, abuse of power (public officials and corruption), and computer crimes. Students are also asked to assume the role of forensic accountant in a scenario-based lab and determine what, if any, financial crimes have been committed.


Complete CFDI-240. Complete ACCT-130 or MGMT-230.

Investigations don't just happen. Sometimes victims allow investigators to examine their devices and other times search warrants are necessary. In this course, students work a case in a manner that closely resembles piecing together a puzzle. They examine the digital evidence that is provided with Autopsy and Axiom, and then, in the final week, conclude the investigation and submit a final investigative report that documents the evidence, details the analysis work, provides an accurate timeline, and takes into account the information and data from the victim and offender(s).



Interested in carving files out of a disk image with scalpel or parsing a log file to track changes to a disk? Looking for intensive hands-on opportunities? In this course, students perform cryptographic hash verification, advance to examination of fundamental data structures, and conclude with a complete analysis of a disk image. Currently, each week in this course features a lab designed to build an understanding of file system forensics but also to enhance skills with the tools found in Kali Linux, The Sleuth Kit and more.



Graduates of the online computer forensics and digital investigations certificate program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the essential rationale underlying criminal law such as the nature of jurisdiction, the criminal act, the criminal state of mind and matters affecting responsibility for criminal conduct.
  • Understand computer crime statutes, management of evidence, and industry best-practices for examining computers that might contain crime-related information as well as how to prepare computer evidence for courtroom testimony.
  • Utilize the techniques used to investigate crimes perpetuated over the Internet and other telecommunications networks; crimes such as auction fraud and social engineering, e-mail scams and phishing will be analyzed.
  • Gain insight into the motives behind white-collar crime and methods used by white-collar criminals to pursue their criminal endeavors, and the enforcement strategies and techniques applied in these cases.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of specialized areas of digital forensics, namely information hiding, anti-forensics, and network forensics.
  • Understand the basic principles of digital media presented to show how digital images, audio, and video can be manipulated and how such manipulation can be detected.
  • AccessData Password Recovery Tool Kit (PRTK)
  • AESCrypt
  • Autopsy
  • Cellebrite UFED Physical Analyzer
  • Cellebrite UFED Reader
  • EnCase
  • FTK Imager
  • Forensic VDI
  • Google Tools
  • IE PassView
  • Kai Linux
  • Magnet Internet Evidence Finder (IEF)
  • MobileFish
  • NetworkMiner
  • OpenPuff
  • RegRipper
  • SilentEye
  • The Sleuth Kit (TSK)
  • Volatility
  • Windows Registry
  • Wireshark
  • X-Ways Forensics

Champlain College Online's digital forensics faculty, led by Cybersecurity Program Chair Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our computer forensics and digital investigations certificate curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s computer 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 undergraduate certificate in computer forensics and digital investigations program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:

  • ABS Global
  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • Comcast 
  • Compucon Systems 
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • General Motors
  • Keurig Dr. Pepper 
  • Mantech 
  • Nashua Police Department 
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Ohio Attorney General's Office
  • PNC
  • TD Bank
  • U.S. Airforce 
  • U.S. Department of Army
  • Verizon
  • University of Vermont Health Network 


Titles our alumni hold include:

  • Area Manager
  • Asset Protection 
  • Computer Forensic Examiner 
  • Computer Security Engineer
  • Computer Specialist 
  • Cyber Fraud Investigator
  • Cyber Forensic Section Chief
  • Investigative Assistant
  • Information Security Specialist 
  • IT Project Manager
  • IT Specialist
  • Legal Assistant
  • .Net Developer
  • Network Technician
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Special Agent 
  • Surveillance Technician Instructor
  • Systems Administrator
  • Technical Support Analyst 
  • Web Developer

Tuition & Costs

Continuing your education is an investment in your future. Learn more about our affordable tuition rates.

Dare to Expect More of Champlain Online

Expect Convenience

Our programs are designed for busy adults. Go to school wherever and whenever is best for you, on the device of your choice.

Expect A Career Focus

Everything you learn in our online classrooms is relevant and immediately applicable to your work.

Expect Support

Your education journey is our priority and our student support team has your back every step of the way.

Expect Superior Faculty

Learn from practitioner faculty working in the field, with real-world experience and knowledge.

Why Champlain

Kristopher Johnston, Bachelor's Degree in Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations

Transfer Credit

"Transferring credits to Champlain was very easy. The staff worked really hard with me to find not just credits from other institutions that I had attended, but also life credits from things I had accomplished, and from past certifications."

Kristopher Johnston Bachelor's Degree in Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations
Director of Cloud Solutions and IT Infrastructure, Data Masons Software

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