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Digital Forensics Specialization Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

School of Business and Technology

Expand your IT career in digital forensics

As technology needs increase, so does the number of criminals acquiring digital information. Capella’s master’s in information assurance and cybersecurity, digital forensics degree prepares you as a cybersecurity professional to perform computer forensics and understand the legal challenges associated with conducting computer forensics investigations.

At a Glance

  • Online 
  • 6 core courses
  • 5 specialization courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start August 5th

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 SUMMER)

What you’ll learn

Explore investigation methods

Study the methods used in digital forensics network investigations. 

Understand data storing

Analyze common data structures and data formats for storing data in a computer system.

Identify & prevent malware

Apply basic procedures such as probing, measuring, and data collection to identify functionality and prevent malware.  

Use reverse engineering tactics

Apply reverse engineering software tools for the purposes of recovering the original implementation of software functionality.

Apply forensic methods

Understand methods and approaches for forensic analysis on specified media.

Discover mobile forensic methods

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

MS in Information Assurance & Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics 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.

Get exam-ready

Our program teaches you the foundational information to prepare you for the CEH and CHFI exams.

Engaging coursework

Access state-of-the-art technology including EnCase® and Powershell, through Capella's secure virtual lab environment.

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
$25,020$33,360* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$695 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

*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.  

Get the details

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.

Reduce your tuition with $3K

Enroll in your master's degree, apply for the $3K scholarship, and meet eligibility requirements.

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.

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

Master's in Digital Forensics sample courses

Our online master's in information assurance and cybersecurity, digital forensics curriculum focuses on computer forensic tools and procedures. Learn methods to handle and transport uncovered data, and to create reports for trial evidence.

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IAS5015 *
Network Security Fundamentals and Cryptography

Learners apply foundational concepts of cybersecurity and information assurance to select appropriate information security policies, procedures, and controls to defend enterprise information assets from breaches of confidentiality and integrity. Learners identify specific points of vulnerability that may be mitigated through the use of administrative security policies and operational information security tools. Learners also examine principles of cryptography and some of the security controls and methods that use it. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IAS5010 or PM5331.

4 quarter credits
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

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.

Financial aid counselors

Our team knows how to run the numbers and help find ways to save on costs.

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.

Digital Forensics career insights

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Digital Forensics professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our MS in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Chief information security officer
  • Chief security officer
  • Computer forensics analyst
  • Consultant (forensics/cybersecurity)
  • Cybersecurity forensics specialist
  • Cybersecurity manager
  • Cybercrime forensics analyst
  • Digital forensics analyst
  • Information risk consultant - digital forensics
  • Information security analyst
  • Senior digital forensics examiner
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty

Related employment settings to explore

  • Government agencies (such as National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command)
  • Government system integrators
  • Defense contractors
  • Military
  • Local law enforcement
  • Consulting firms
  • Land-based or online college or university

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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