Program Overview

The Master of Science in Cyber Forensics degree offered by Stevenson University is a partially online degree program. This program aims to provide its students who are experienced information technology personnel with an advanced education. This program emphasizes practical exercises in real-life events with cyber forensic analysis.

This program equips its students with skills and knowledge in the following fields: auditing, IT security, professional investigations, and law enforcement of digital crime. Cyber attacks, fraud, and other crimes in the technology-driven and networked world make it more important to learn skills such as proper investigation, documentation, and presentation of digital evidence.

The Master of Science in Cyber Forensics degree from Stevenson University helps to train professionals to understand and utilize techniques and tools used to find evidence in a computer and to use scientific methods toward the preservation, collection, validation, identification, analysis, interpretation, documentation, and presentation of digital evidence. This evidence can be related to crimes such as: unauthorized and inappropriate computer system access, theft of electronic information, cyber attacks, and other cyber crimes.

Stevenson University has an expanded virtual lab environment in which its portable forensic technology is able to give students the ability to practice advance forensic analysis. This virtual lab experience give students “real world” practice with hands-on, real-time experience in analyzing servers, desktops, laptops, cell phones, firewalls, routers, networks, clouds, and other digital environments that are considered “virtual” cyber attacks. This program aims to equip its students with the skills and knowledge needed to employ techniques to identify, analyze, document, and prepare digital evidence for legal proceedings.

The M.S. in Cyber Forensics program requires its students to complete 36 credit hours of courses. These required courses include: E-Systems Security; Mobile Device Forensics; Malware Detection, Analysis, and Prevention; Windows Forensic Examination; Network Penetration Testing; Live Analysis and Live Acquisition; Network and Cloud Forensics; Incident Response and Evidence Collection; Legal Compliance and Ethics; Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Firewalls, and Auditing; Cyber Warfare and Cyber Terrorism; as well as Mock Intrusion and Response. The last course, Mock Intrusion and Response, is an eight-hour onsite requirement. This means that a student enrolled in this program must go to a Stevenson University campus and complete this course.

Each applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as: Information Assurance, Computer Science, Network Administration, Computer Security. If a student has a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, then the other requirement is to also have at least two years of related work experience. if the student’s degree is in an unrelated field, then they must have at least five years experience in information technology, telecommunications systems, system administration, network management, or information assurance. Individuals wishing to enroll must submit a transcript of all previous college-related academic work, two letters of recommendation, and a professional resume. They must also have had a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    Requirements

    A student must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as: Information Assurance, Computer Science, Network Administration, Computer Security. If a student has a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, then the other requirement is to also have at least two years of related work experience. if the student’s degree is in an unrelated field, then they must have at least five years experience in information technology, telecommunications systems, system administration, network management, or information assurance. Individuals wishing to enroll must submit a transcript of all previous college-related academic work, two letters of recommendation, and a professional resume. They must also have had a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

    Restrictions

    Stevenson University’s online programs are not available to residents of Alabama, Minnesota, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

    Online programs are not available to residents of Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1947 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Baltimore County, Maryland, Villa Julie College began as a two-year institution. Throughout the twentieth century, the campus continued to expand and began offering four-year degrees in 1984. Soon after, the college offered evening and weekend programs for adult learners. At the turn of the twenty-first century, major changes came to Villa Julie. The college inaugurated a new president, added a second campus at Owing Mills, and changed their status to “university.” Along with the status change, the College decided to assume a new name and “Stevenson University” was born. Today, the private not-for-profit Stevenson University still maintains its two Maryland campuses, one in Stevenson and the other in Owings Mills.

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