Computer forensics programs teach students how to combine computer skills with forensic investigation skills. Some cybercrime programs provide special support for military students.
10 Schools Offering Cybercrime Programs
The following list includes a number of public schools that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer forensics, computer information systems, information technology, forensic science or digital forensics.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition* (2015-2016)|
|Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania||Bloomsburg, PA||4-year, public||Bachelor's||In-state Undergraduate $9,326; Out-of-state Undergraduate $20,144|
|Farmingdale State College||Farmingdale, NY||4-year, public||Bachelor's||In-state Undergraduate $7,808; Out-of-state Undergraduate $17,658|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee, FL||4-year, public||Bachelor's, Master's||In-state Undergraduate $6,507; Out-of-state Undergraduate $21,673; In-state Graduate $9,684; Out-of-state Graduate $24,116|
|Oakland University||Rochester Hills, MI||4-year, public||Bachelor's, Master'sl||In-state Undergraduate $11,344; Out-of-state Undergraduate $23,522; In-state Graduate $15,720; Out-of-state Graduate $24,648|
|Catawba Valley Community College||Hickory, NC||2-year, public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state Undergraduate $2,195; Out-of-state Undergraduate $7,571|
|Columbia-Greene Community College||Hudson, NY||2-year, public||Associate's||In-state Undergraduate $4,552; Out-of-state Undergraduate $8,752|
|Pensacola State College||Pensacola, FL||4-year primarily associate's, public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state Undergraduate $2,704; Out-of-state Undergraduate $10,875|
|Mt. Hood Community College||Gresham, OR||2-year, public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state Undergraduate $4,841; Out-of-state Undergraduate $10,016|
|St. Petersburg College||Clearwater, FL||4-year primarily associate's, public||Associate's||In-state Undergraduate $3,352; Out-of-state Undergraduate $11,607|
|Sinclair Community College||Dayton, OH||2-year, public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district Undergraduate $2,476; In-state Undergraduate $3,604; Out-of-state Undergraduate $6,868|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
When choosing a program, students may want to consider several factors.
- The student should determine his or her education needs; most associate degree programs in computer forensics prepare students for entry-level law enforcement positions, while bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed to provide continuing education to experienced professionals working in the field.
- Students may want to consider research-focused programs that boast up-to-date equipment and continually updated curricula.
- Programs that prioritize professional internships and lab work are helpful for career preparation.
- Students who want to work in a law enforcement agency can seek out programs taught by professors with prior law enforcement experience, in addition to their computer science knowledge.
Associate Degree in Computer Forensics
Students who complete associate degree programs in cybercrime usually earn an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Forensics or Information Technology with an emphasis in computer forensics. Students learn the computer skills and investigative techniques that prepare them to accept entry-level positions such as laboratory technician, network security professional or digital analyst.
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Forensics
Bachelor's degree programs include the Bachelor of Science in Computer Forensics, Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in forensics and Bachelor of Information Technology with a concentration in computer forensics. Programs usually include advanced topics in cybercrime detection and prevention, in addition to legal and technical courses.
Master's Degree in Digital Forensics
Graduate students can earn a Master of Science in Forensic Science, a Master of Science in Digital Forensics or a Master of Science in Computer Science with a digital forensics track. These interdisciplinary programs incorporate computer skills, forensic training and engineering studies. Programs are appropriate for both working professionals seeking to advance their careers and students interested in researching cybercrime. An internship is usually required.
There are a number of program options for individuals interested in a cybercrime career. It's possible to prepare for entry level positions by completing a certificate or associate's degree or to pursue advanced studies towards a bachelor's or master's degree.