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Digital Forensics Graduate Certificate

School of Business and Technology


The online digital forensics certificate courses prepare information security professionals for successful computer forensics activities and the legal challenges associated with conducting investigations. Gain knowledge and skills that expand your ability to investigate technology crimes and keep computer networks safe in a variety of professional settings.

Capella offers the online Digital Forensics Graduate Certificate to provide you with foundational knowledge required to sit for the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) and Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) exams.


Capella has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) for academic years 2014-2021. Our professionally aligned programs ensure strong outcomes for students.

Hands-On Learning Through Virtual Lab Environment

Students will experience practical, hands-on learning designed around best practices in a safe, interactive virtual lab environment. 

Capella’s secure virtual lab provides hands-on experience in state-of-the-art technology—including EnCase®—that simulates law enforcement and federal security investigations.

Apply This Certificate to Your Next Degree

You’ll earn a marketable credential in as few as nine months. In addition, the credits you earn can be transferred into the MS-IAC in Digital Forensics program when you are ready to take the next step.

For those with a current CISSP, earn your certificate and MS-IAC in Digital Forensics by taking just two classes in addition to the certificate courses.

Certificate Outcomes

You will be able to examine the ways data can be hidden on a computer, evaluate computer forensics investigation tools and procedures, apply methods of handling and transporting uncovered data, and create the reports necessary for presentation of digital forensic evidence at trial.

Detailed Program Information

Get all the details about cost, courses, requirements, and more.

Classes Start Soon

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future. 

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$682 per credit, 20 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process.

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

Sample Courses

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
IAS5100 Data Engineering
IAS5110 Digital Forensics Processes
IAS5120 Digital Forensics Tools
IAS5130 Programming for Security Professionals
IAS5200 Network Architecture and Cyberoperations

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Financial Aid Counselors

First they listen. Then they act—for you. Running the numbers, exploring ways to save, and making the financing of your education simpler.


From enrollment to graduation, coaches help you stay on track. They know your program, answer questions, and cheer you on.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Digital Forensics Certificate Online - Capella University

Ready for the Next Step?

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