In 2009 the Internet crime complaint center received 336,655 complaints, a 22.3 percent increase over 2008. The vast majority of cases contained elements of fraud and financial loss to cybercrime victims. Source: "2009 Annual Report,"Internet Crime Complaint Center 

 Growing Need

To address the increasing threat from cybercrime, digital forensics is necessary and important. Law enforcement and government agencies, organizations and companies all need digital forensics professionals to better protect digital assets and to investigate cybercrime.

 Outstanding Preparation

The Digital Forensics certificate at Governors State University provides you with theoretical and practical knowledge in digital forensics, one of the fastest growing branches of computer security. As a digital forensics investigator, you will specialize in recovering, analyzing and presenting data from computers for use in investigations or as evidence. You will determine the details of intrusions into computer systems, recover data from encrypted or erased files and recover emails and deleted passwords.

This certificate is open to both upper-division undergraduate and graduate students.

Both full-time and part-time students are eligible to enroll in this certificate program. The certificate program includes four required classes and a computer science workshop in digital forensics. Two courses are offered each semester. You should be able to complete all the required courses within two semesters of fulfilling the prerequisite.

Program Fact Sheet 

Required Preparation

To address the increasing threat from computer crimes and cybercrime, digital forensics is necessary. Law enforcement and government agencies, organizations and companies all need digital forensics professionals to better protect digital assets or investigate cybercrime. The Digital Forensics certificate is offered to students who wish to obtain theoretical and practical knowledge in digital forensics.

This certificate is open to both upper-division undergraduate and graduate students. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible to enroll in this certificate program.

Among the four courses required by this certificate program (CPSC 4540, CPSC 4542, CPSC 4584 and CPSC 6622), CPSC 4540 serves as an entry-level course. Two courses are offered per semester. A student should be able to complete all required courses within two terms after fulfilling the prerequisite. 

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the university requirements for certificate admission, applicants must have completed the following course:

CPSC 5000 Computer Science Workshop: Digital Forensics Preparation or its equivalent.

Certificate Requirements

Certificate Requirements

In order to receive the Digital Forensics Certificate, both undergraduate and graduate students must complete each required course with a grade of "B" or better and submit the application for award of certificate to their faculty advisor. 

*Note: If an undergraduate student gets a "C" in a required course for the certificate program, this course may be counted as an elective course for his/her degree requirements. 

Required Courses (12 Hours)

CPSC 4540   Digital Forensics (3)

CPSC 4542   Contemporary Issues in Digital Forensics (3)

CJUS 4584   Special Topics in Information Security (3)

CPSC 6622   Special Topics in Digital Forensics (3) 

Total - 12 Hours

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the university requirements for a certificate found in the GSU catalog. Please meet with your faculty or academic advisor after admission to complete your study plan.

Advisor Information

Dr. Soon-Ok Park 
Academic Program Coordinator and Faculty Advisor