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Schools with Cybercrime Programs: How to Choose

Students interested in fighting cybercrime can prepare for careers in this field by enrolling in computer science or computer forensics degree programs. These programs can be found at the associate, bachelor's and master's degree levels.

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.

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