A student points at a code on a computer screen while another holds the mother board.

‘Cyber security teams in government and in industry, they need analytical support and that’s what we focus on. And we use the national cyber security workforce framework.’

— Dr. Edna Reid, associate professor

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Description of Program

The graduate program in computer science prepares highly skilled professionals with advanced expertise in creating and maintaining secure and reliable computing systems.

The digital forensics concentration combines core computer science concepts with an in-depth, technical study of digital forensics. The curriculum is highly system-oriented, where students gain deep insights into how operating systems, networks, and computer programs function, and how those systems relate to forensics and security in general. Coupled with these technical computer science topics, a core digital forensics component addresses the forensic process, relevant laws, analysis techniques, as well as report writing. Technical forensics topics include digital evidence acquisition, in-depth file system analysis and data recovery, data carving, incident analysis and evidence correlation, memory forensics, network capture and analysis, as well as small-scale device forensic acquisition and analysis.

Students completing this concentration will also receive the Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals certificate (NSTISSI No. 4011).

This concentration is available on campus only. Additional information can be found at http://cs.jmu.edu/forensics.html.

Five-Year Concentration in Digital Forensics (M.S.)

This concentration allows students to complete both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in computer science in five years by combining the first year of graduate studies with the senior year of undergraduate studies. The curriculum requires 30 credit hours of graduate courses, of which 21 hours are required courses and nine hours are electives or thesis credit. Substitutions for required courses may be made with permission of the concentration coordinator. Additional information can be found at http://cs.jmu.edu/forensics.html.

Students completing this concentration will also receive the Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals certificate (NSTISSI No. 4011).

Degrees Offered

Master of Science in Computer Science (M.S.)

Concentrations

Digital Forensics
Five-Year Concentration in Digital Forensics

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