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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 Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) exam.

At a Glance

  • Online 
  • 5 Core courses

Classes Start January 13th

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.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

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.

Stay Ahead in IT: Upskill with Skillsoft

Students will have unlimited access to Skillsoft, a comprehensive eLearning resource to help develop IT and business knowledge and skills.

Gain knowledge for the CHFI exam

Gain the foundational knowledge to sit for the Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) exam.

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. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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
$11,120$13,553* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$695 per credit, 20 total quarter credits, 4 max transfer credits

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*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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

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

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Prior learning assessment

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

Scholarships for new students

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

Accredited & recognized

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. 

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IAS5100
Data Engineering

Learners in this course gain an understanding of basic abstract data structures and the role that data structures play in secure software development. Learners apply data structure concepts to information security problems and perform reverse engineering of data structures, databases, software, and hardware components to determine their functionality, inputs, outputs, and stored data.  Prerequisite(s): IAS5130.

4 quarter credits
IAS5110 *
Digital Forensics Processes

Learners in this course apply forensics tools and techniques to investigate incidents, analyze devices, and conduct forensics reporting. Prerequisite(s): IAS5030.

4 quarter credits
IAS5120
Digital Forensics Tools

Learners explore and apply forensics tools and techniques to investigate and analyze digital devices and constructs such as personal digital devices, storage media, and network hosts and traffic.

4 quarter credits
IAS5130
Programming for Security Professionals

Learners in this course examine core programming concepts such as variables, iteration structures, decision structures, data structures (such as arrays), and how to combine these core concepts to write simple scripts and programs. Additionally, learners apply secure coding practices using C and the Python scripting language in their associated integrated development environments. In working with the C language, learners apply defensive coding practices designed to prevent many security vulnerabilities. Using Python, learners write scripts that perform important network administration tasks such as monitoring network traffic.

4 quarter credits
IAS5200
Network Architecture and Cyberoperations

Learners in this course study common security architectures to help identify potential vulnerabilities in architectures, and learn to design secure architectures. Learners identify issues related to the design and implementation of operating system concepts, components and interfaces, and design and implement significant architectural changes to an existing operating system. Learners also examine the authorities, roles, and steps associated with cyber operations, and develop a working knowledge regarding the security issues associated with building complex systems out of third-party components of unknown origin.

4 quarter credits

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 experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Advisors

Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Career center

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

Relevant blog posts

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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