Digital Forensics, Graduate Certificate

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants seeking admission to the Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics program, without admission to the M.S. Forensic Science degree program, should apply to the Marshall University Graduate College as a Certificate/ Professional Development student. Students will be admitted on a competitive basis for fall semester admissions only. Review of applicants will begin March 1 of each year but applicants may be admitted any time prior to the fall enrollment deadline. As a limited enrollment program, students will be admitted on a space-available basis.
  2. Regarding Digital Forensics, those students enrolled in the M.S. in Forensic Science degree program may choose to complete the M.S. Forensic Science with a Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics and the M.S. Forensic Science with an Emphasis in Digital Forensics. Those electing to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics must complete a “Graduate Admissions Secondary Program Request” form at www.marshall.edu/graduate/secondary-program-request-form.
  3. Applicants must submit official undergraduate transcripts to the Marshall University Graduate Admissions Office verifying that the applicant has a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning and a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Applicants must submit 2 letters of recommendation to the Graduate Admissions Office, on formal letterhead from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic record and moral character. These letters must be signed and dated.
  5. Applicants must submit a “Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose” to the Graduate Admissions Office, written, signed, and dated by the applicant, explaining why the applicant believes he/she should be admitted to the program.
  6. Applicants must successfully complete a background check to gain entrance to this program. The procedure for undergoing a background check will be provided once the applicant demonstrates he or she has met all other admissions criteria. International students who have resided in the United States longer than 30 days are required to have a U.S. criminal background check as an admission requirement. As international students have a background check as part of their visa application, international students who have resided in the United States for fewer than 30 days are exempt from undergoing a U.S. background check.

Program Requirements

Successful completion of this Graduate Certificate requires that the student maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better in 5 required courses with no grade of C or less.

Required Courses
FSC 632Found Fund Digital Forensics3
FSC 634Comp Search & Seizure3
FSC 605F S Digital Imaging3
FSC 609Network Forensics3
FSC 676Adv Dig Evid Detect Recovery2
Total Credit Hours14

Plan of Study

Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
FSC 632 Found Fund Digital Forensics 3
FSC 609 Network Forensics 3
 Credit Hours6
Second Semester
FSC 634 Comp Search & Seizure 3
FSC 605 F S Digital Imaging 3
FSC 676 Adv Dig Evid Detect Recovery 2
 Credit Hours8
 Total Credit Hours14