A master’s in computer forensics allows students to use cutting-edge technologies to break through complex problems and work through criminal investigations and cybercrime. While there are many different positions for computer forensics professionals, they all have a focus on problem solving and crime prevention. Those who pursue a career in computer forensics hold an essential role in a company’s cyber security.
Students can expect rigorous courses that cover a wide range of material—digital crime, evidence, and procedure, foundations of computing and security, and electrical and computer engineering to name a few. With this wide range of material, students can expect to learn basic legal concepts to basic electronic components of field equipment and conduct lab experiments. Students should expect to finish their master’s in about two years as it commonly requires 35 to 40 credits, as well as compiling a research portfolio throughout their studies as their final project.
Degree holders can work as forensic computer analysts, forensic scientists, information security analysts, and crime scene investigators to name a few.
Yes. Many online programs exist, and it is essential to find an accredited program that suits your specific scheduling need.
Most online degrees are accepted by employers and universities. Many highly respected programs now offer online degrees.
Most students will graduate with their master’s in computer forensics within 2 years. However, programs are structured differently at different schools, so it may take more or less time to complete the degree.
This is a good time to get into the computer forensics field. Job growth rates have been rising with a growth rate that exceeds the national average.
Careers in computer forensics have a central focus—security. Professionals will work to facilitate a secure network and analyze breaches and potential cybersecurity concerns. Careers range from forensic computer analysts to crime scene investigators. A student in this line of work can expect to start off as low as $40,000 to as high as $63,000, depending on which path they choose to follow.
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