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Capella University’s Master’s in Digital Forensics program prepares information security professionals for performance-effective computer forensics and the legal challenges associated with conducting computer forensics investigations.

The core curriculum in this program includes the domains of knowledge represented in several leading security certifications, including CISSP®.

The Master’s in Digital Forensics program is designed around industry standards and provides students with the foundational information that contributes to the knowledge required to sit for the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) and Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) exams.

Capella University 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.

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Earn-as-you-go certificate and badge options

In addition to offering a Digital Forensics Graduate Certificate as you progress, Capella has partnered with digital badging leader Acclaim to provide NSA Focus Area badges. These digital badges validate the information security knowledge gained and allow you to share this with potential employers, peers, and others by posting the digital badges on LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media networks. Students can receive NSA Focus Area badges in the following areas: 

  • Digital Forensics
  • Security Incident Analysis and Response

Hands-On Learning Through Virtual Lab Environment

Students in this specialization will have access to state-of-the-art technology used by law enforcement and federal investigators, including EnCase® and NetWitness, through Capella's secure virtual lab environment.

Earn Credit for What You Already Know

Your previous learning, work experience, and industry certifications may help you earn your degree in less time. To learn more, contact an enrollment counselor or visit our Prior Learning Assessment page.

Degree Outcomes

With your master’s in Digital Forensics from Capella, you'll prepare to lead or consult in the practice of investigating incidents involving information technology assets and data in a variety of professional settings. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at

People with Master's degrees in IT from Capella earn an average of $38,000 more per year than people who only hold a Bachelor's degree.

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Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online master’s in Digital Forensics include senior digital forensic examiner, digital forensics analyst, computer forensics analyst, information risk consultant - digital forensics, information security analyst, cyber security forensic specialist, cybercrime forensics analyst, cyber security manager, computer forensic and malware analyst, consultant (forensics/cyber security), chief security officer, or chief information security officer.

To learn more, call 866.613.3681, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.