The Digital Forensics MS program will consider
international applicants only on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the
program at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine
eligibility before submitting an official application. The Digital
Forensics master's degree is a collaborative effort between various UCF
academic departments (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Forensic
Science of Chemistry, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies) and the National
Center for Forensic Science (NCFS). NCFS is both a national center, as part of
the National Institute of Justice Forensic Research Network of the Department
of Justice, and a state Type II Center. NCFS is based in the UCF College of
Sciences as a forensic science research center and is housed in Orlando's
Research Park, adjacent to UCF.
CURRICULUMThe Digital Forensics MS degree is comprised of 30 hours of study beyond the bachelor's degree with required, intensive specialization in topics related to digital forensics. The degree program prepares students, including working professionals, who will pursue the degree on a part-time basis to gain the knowledge and skills required to work as an examiner in the field. The program may also be taken by those who have an interest in scientific applications and research in the field, and who would like to continue to a doctoral degree program or law school after completion.
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
program offers both a thesis option (6 credit hours) or an opportunity to complete two additional courses (6 credit hours) selected from the Restricted Electives. At least one half of the credit
hours must be at the 6000 level.
articulation courses may be required for students with BS and/or MS degrees in
fields other than a computer-related field. The articulation courses will be
determined by the graduate program director. Students without a
computer-related degree must be versed in basic computing and networking
knowledge and skills, including computer (PC) hardware, computer operating
systems, and computer networking. Appropriate job- or training-related
experience may be a suitable substitution, the suitability of which will be
determined by the admissions committee. Courses taken to correct deficiencies
cannot be used to satisfy minimum degree requirements. Some advanced elective
courses require a programming background, specifically in C and C++, computer
architecture, and parallel programming.
Required Courses—12 Credit
- CGS 5131 Computer Forensics I: Seizure and
Examination of Computer Systems (3 credit hours)
- CHS 5504 Topics in
Forensic Science (3 credit hours)
- CIS 6207 The Practice of Digital
Forensics (3 credit hours)
- CNT 6418 Computer Forensics II: Network
Security, Intrusion Detection and Forensic Analysis (3 credit hours)
Restricted Elective Courses—12 Credit Hours
Select two courses.
- CAP 6133 Advanced Topics in Computer Security and Computer Forensics (3 credit
- CNT 6519 Wireless Security and Forensics (3 credit hours)
- CAP 6135 Malware and Software Vulnerability Analysis (3 credit hours)
- COP 6525 Distributed Processing of Digital Evidence (3 credit hours)
- CIS 6386 OS and File System Forensics (3 credit hours)
- CIS 6395 Incident Response Technologies (3 credit hours)
- EEE 6347 Trustworthy Hardware (3 credit hours)
Justice and Electronic Discovery
Select one course.
- CCJ 5015 Nature of Crime (3 credit hours)
- CCJ 5456 The Administration of Justice (3 credit hours)
- CCJ 6074 Investigative and Intelligence Analysis: Theory &
Methods (3 credit hours)
- CCJ 6704 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
- CCJ 6706 Quantitative Methods and Computer
Utilization in Criminal Justice or ESI 5219 Engineering Statistics (3 credit
- CJE 6688 Cybercrime and Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
- CJL 6568 Law and Social Control (3 credit hours)
- CIS 6206 Electronic Discovery for Digital Forensics Professionals (3 credit hours)
Note: Students can take additional Criminal Justice courses as they fit into a student's research interest and approved
Program of Study.
Forensic Science and Legal Studies
Select one course.
- CHS 5596 Forensic Expert in the Courtroom (3 credit hours)
- CHS 5518 The
Forensic Collection and Examination of Digital Evidence (3 credit hours)
- PLA 5587 Current Issues in Cyberlaw (3 credit hours)
Option—6 Credit Hours
- CAP 6971 Thesis (6 credit
The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires
that all thesis defense announcements are approved by the
student's adviser and posted on the college's website and on the Events Calendar at the College of Graduate Studies
website at least two weeks before the defense date.
Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours
Students not interested in a thesis can instead enroll in two formal courses (6 credit hours) to fulfill the degree requirements.
- Take two electives (total of 6 credit hours) from the list of Restricted Electives above
Students in the Digital Forensics MS program pay an $82 equipment
fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $41 per
Independent LearningThe Independent Learning Requirement is met by successful completion of a master's thesis or completing the capstone course CIS 6207.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
The College of Engineering and Computer Science strongly encourages prospective applicants to request a free pre-screening (www.cecs.ucf.edu/prescreen) of their qualifications prior to submitting an online application for graduate admission. However, a pre-screening is not required; rather, it is offered as a courtesy to all prospective applicants before they commit to submitting a complete online application and paying an application processing fee.
Admissions decisions are made on the basis of a complete online application only, and not on the basis of any pre-screening. Prospective applicants who are encouraged to apply to their intended graduate program based on the information provided for their pre-screening are not assured of admission or financial assistance when they submit a complete online application. Although it is possible, it is not likely, that prospective applicants who are discouraged from formally applying to a graduate program at the pre-screening stage will be admitted if they elect to submit a complete online application anyway.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Statement of educational, research, and professional career objectives.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program. The GRE is not required for admission into this program.
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International Transfer Applicants
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.