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Digital Forensics Graduate Certificates

Program Details

A Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics is a university-issued graduate degree. It involves acceptance to the University of Rhode Island graduate program, graded course work, and typically a paper or project. It is designed for professionals who wish to obtain a focused graduate degree, but cannot commit to a full master's degree. The Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics is designed to be done completely online so that professionals may fulfill the requirements for this degree from anywhere. Digital Forensics is the application of forensic science techniques to the acquisition and analysis of evidence that exists in digital form, e.g. evidence found in files on hard drives, in emails, and in network activity. The challenges state and local law enforcement face investigating and prosecuting electronic crime and the lack of electronic crime investigation and digital evidence examination resources available to criminal justice agencies have been well documented.

The University of Rhode Island can help students embark on a law enforcement or private sector career as a Forensic Computer Analyst, Technology Security Specialist, Database Analyst, Computer Network Forensic Analyst, and Security Engineer. The Graduate Certificate program is not an entry level program, and is not recommended for students who do not have a strong background in working with computers. The program assumes that students have an understanding of computers and how they work. However, it does not assume that students know anything about Digital Forensics, and the program is designed to teach students everything they need to know about performing digital forensics investigations from the ground up. All courses in the 'Mandatory Core' must be taken towards completion of the certificate program. These courses must be taken after completion of the Starting Core Course, but can be taken in any order. Students can choose to take these courses before, after, or in conjunction with courses from the Concentration Courses.


While the program provides students with step-by-step guidance on how to perform tasks specific to digital forensics, it does not provide students with step-by-step guidance on how to perform basic to intermediary computer tasks such as: downloading and installing computer applications, data transfer across multiple devices and/or computers, navigating and understanding how Window's works, burning .iso files to CDs and DVDs, etc. Student's who are not comfortable performing these types of operations, will likely struggle in the program.

Additionally, students should have an overall idea of computers and how they work. It is strongly recommended that students take time to brush up on some of the basic 'A+' level concepts before beginning the program.

Accreditation & Licensing

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education