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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. Our program is designed around industry standards and teaches you the foundational knowledge and skills to prepare you for the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) and Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) exams.

What to Expect

  • Online 
  • 6 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • Capstone

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

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.

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
$25,827$34,536*   MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$682 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 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, 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.  

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.

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 & 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 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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
IAS5015 Network Security Fundamentals and Cryptography
IAS5100 Data Engineering
IAS5110 Digital Forensics Processes
IAS5120 Digital Forensics Tools
IAS5130 Programming for Security Professionals

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.

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.

7 Must-Read Blogs for Information Security Professionals

Keep on top of the latest infosec news with these seven blogs.

Find Your Career Path in Information Security

Create an information security career plan to focus your efforts to find success.

Move Forward in Your Career

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 examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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