Wanted: Agents of positive change. Meet the growing demand for cybersecurity experts.
The 30-credit M.S. in Forensic Science – High Technology Crime program prepares you to excel in a rapidly changing field as you become an expert in investigating criminal activity involving computer and digital information systems, recovery and analysis of data, preservation of evidence and understanding the law. The program is designed for professionals who want to become expert at managing advanced technological resources to combat cyberthreats and related crime.
Why Forensic Science—High Technology Crime at the Universities at Shady Grove?
The Universities at Shady Grove campus in Rockville, Md., lies along Montgomery County's expanding "high-tech" corridor, highly diversified with advanced professional, research and tech services at its core; it's also close to Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia with a large volume of both private and public cybersecurity organizations. Learn more.
How the program works:
Through a 10-course curriculum, you'll develop skills and knowledge in 21st-century forensic investigations to become an agent of positive change. You'll explore:
- forensic investigation techniques
- computer and digital information crimes
- cybersecurity attacks, threats and risk assessment
- prevention and security management strategies
- legal interventions and resolutions.
You'll gain practical, hands-on experience in a brand-new digital computer lab where you'll be able to break down computer hardware and learn to employ specific software for investigation purposes.
Life beyond school:
What can you do with this master's degree?
Graduates of this program will be prepared to succeed in such positions as:
- computer forensics investigator
- crime analyst
- cyber investigations
- cyber project management
- cybersecurity investigator
- cybersecurity specialist
- digital forensics examiners
- forensic analyst
- fraud investigator
- high technology crime expert
- homeland security professional
- information security analyst
- Internet security analyst
- IT security analyst/manager
- law enforcement agent.
When you graduate from the program, you'll be prepared to:
- identify high-technology crimes and how they occur
- investigate the expanding area of criminal activity related to technology
- evaluate commercial and governmental programs intended to combat such crime
- design solutions to prevent and fight high-tech criminal activity
- develop effective counter-crime management programs.
The average salary for cybersecurity and cyberintelligence professionals in the greater Baltimore-Washington, D.C.-Northern Virginia area is more than $96,000, and job openings are prevalent.
Our faculty have decades of practical experience in investigating and prosecuting crime, and they work in metropolitan, state and national agencies and in corporate and private industry. They research in collaboration with professionals around the globe and consult nationally and internationally. Many faculty work in the field in addition to teaching, bringing expertise to the classroom from their jobs in law enforcement agencies, state's attorney offices, forensic laboratories, and corporate and private security in areas focusing on fraud and high-tech crime.
"I want to have a hand in protecting our future generations and I know that my master's degree from UB will open the doors that will lead me to my goal."
Elizabeth J. Etherington, M.S. '15
IT Specialist, U.S. Navy
Classes are offered evenings.