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Digital Forensics Graduate Certificate

School of Business and Technology

Keep Networks Safe with Digital Forensics

Specialize your cybersecurity background and be the one who investigates technology crimes. Capella’s online Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics prepares you to expand your talents for successful computer forensics activities and the legal challenges associated with conducting investigations. Plus, you’ll gain the foundational knowledge required to sit for the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) and Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) exams.

What to Expect

  • Online 
  • 5 Core Courses

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.

Admissions Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Study Network Investigations

Analyze the methods used in digital forensics network investigations.

Learn to Prevent Malware

Probe, measure, and collect data to prevent unauthorized malware and reverse engineering, which threaten cybersecurity.

Understand Reverse Engineering

Apply a common reverse engineering software tool to recover original implementation or understand how software works. 

Learn Forensic Analysis

Learn methods and approaches for forensic analysis on specified media.

Understand Mobile Analysis

Study methods for the acquisition and analysis of mobile devices in digital forensics investigations.

Learn Forensic Limits

Discover what can and cannot be retrieved from various operating systems in digital forensic investigations.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Gain Knowledge for CCFP & CHFI Exams

Gain the foundational knowledge to sit for the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) and Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) exams.

Engaging Coursework

Get hands-on experience with industry tools through virtual labs, interactive simulations, and innovative resources.

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
$11,487$14,390*   MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$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. 

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

Our online digital forensics graduate certificate curriculum helps you examine hidden data on a computer, evaluate investigation tools and procedures, apply methods of handling and transporting uncovered data, prepare for trial, and more. 

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.  

Advisors

Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.

Coaches

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.

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

Information Security Career Central

A Capella-powered blog dedicated to information security trends, news, career information, and more.

What Is Information Assurance and Security?

Take a deep dive into information assurance, information security, and career opportunities in cybersecurity.

Career Path: Digital Forensic Investigator

An information security career path focused on extracting data to serve as evidence and prosecute crime.

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