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Graduate Programs

Graduate Snapshot - Computer Science

Description of Program:

Digital Forensics (M.S.)

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

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

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

Admission requirements include nine undergraduate CS courses that are normally taken by CS undergraduate majors and that may also be taken by JMU undergraduates who minor in CS, as an extension of regular minor requirements. Applicants must also be on track to have completed at least 99 hours of credit by the end of the junior year. Course selection for the junior-senior years should be done in consultation with the concentration coordinator.

Information Security (M.S.)

This concentration is offered in a remote, electronic distance-learning format that, while satisfying all requirements for the Master of Science program, is especially appropriate for people with professional interests in information security. Further information can be obtained from the InfoSec website at The distance-learning courses are available only to students in the information security concentration, who will pay a different tuition rate than students taking traditional courses at the university.

Students completing this concentration will also receive two NSA approved certificates: Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals (NSTISSI No. 4011) and Information Systems Security Officers (CNSSI No. 4014).

Degrees Offered: Master of Science in Computer Science (M.S.)

Digital Forensics
Five-Year Concentration in Digital Forensics
Information Security

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