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Cyber Criminology and Cyber Security

Graduate Certificate

Online

Course Delivery

15

Total Credits

$11,610

Tuition

1 year

Minimum Duration


Program Overview

The Certificate in Cyber Criminology and Cyber Security provides an introduction to cybercrime and digital forensic investigation. Students gain the foundational knowledge regarding law enforcement practice and industry responses to cybercrime and cybersecurity. The program is built for those with or without a technical background. Graduates will be able to detect various cybercrimes that occur and utilize forensic techniques to properly seize and analyze digital evidence from devices like computers, smartphones and tablets.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of social and legal concepts of cybercrime and cyberterrorism and the public and private sector organizations responsible for prevention and interventions in cybercrime and cyberterrorism.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of architecture of computer systems and networks, basic principles of cybersecurity, and application of cybersecurity strategies.
  • Conduct appropriate digital forensics techniques and procedures within legal and ethical parameters to produce complete and reliable digital evidence for criminal and civil courts.

Career Outlook

Graduates can pursue careers in digital forensics, law enforcement, cybersecurity or intelligence analysis, whether in the government or the private sector. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics occupations related to computers and information technology are growing faster than any other group.


A Top-Ranked Education

A top-ranked education with a global impact. By learning from the best, our students establish themselves as leaders in the ever-changing world.

  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021

  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021
Thomas Holt Headshot

Thomas J. Holt

Professor, Director of School of Criminal Justice

Thomas J. Holt is the director of the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He received his PhD in 2005 from the University of Missouri Saint Louis. He is an internationally recognized expert in cybercrime, cyberterrorism and the police and policy response to these threats. His work focuses on all manner of cybercrime, with particular emphasis on computer hacking, data breaches, and online illicit market operations. He has published over 50 articles in various academic journals.

Course Information

 

Core

CJ 872 — Open Source Information (3 credits)

CJ 874 — Cybercrime, Deviance and Virtual Society (3 credits)

CJ 875 — Digital Forensic Investigations (3 credits)

CJ 876 — Data Systems/Infrastructure (3 credits)

CJ 877 — Cyber Terror and Cyber Warfare (3 credits) 

 

 

 

 

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted into this program, you must have:

  • 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA*
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Resume (encouraged, but not required)
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
  • International students should submit scores form the TOEFL 80: no sub-scores under 19 for Reading, Listening and Speaking; no sub-score below 22 for Writing**

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a university graduate application
  •  If an applicant's GPA is below 3.2, GRE scores must be submitted.
  •  In lieu of the TOEFL, we accept IELTS scores with a minimum average score of 6.5 and no sub-score below 6.0.

Key Dates

This program accepts rolling applications. Students can start the program in any semester. We recommend submitting applications at least one month prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing.

 

Tuition & Fees

  

 In-State Tuition  Out-of-State Tuition  Additional Fees
 $11,610 Total $11,610 Total  $20 Service fees per semester 

 

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

Program Overview

The Certificate in Cyber Criminology and Cyber Security provides an introduction to cybercrime and digital forensic investigation. Students gain the foundational knowledge regarding law enforcement practice and industry responses to cybercrime and cybersecurity. The program is built for those with or without a technical background. Graduates will be able to detect various cybercrimes that occur and utilize forensic techniques to properly seize and analyze digital evidence from devices like computers, smartphones and tablets.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of social and legal concepts of cybercrime and cyberterrorism and the public and private sector organizations responsible for prevention and interventions in cybercrime and cyberterrorism.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of architecture of computer systems and networks, basic principles of cybersecurity, and application of cybersecurity strategies.
  • Conduct appropriate digital forensics techniques and procedures within legal and ethical parameters to produce complete and reliable digital evidence for criminal and civil courts.

Career Outlook

Graduates can pursue careers in digital forensics, law enforcement, cybersecurity or intelligence analysis, whether in the government or the private sector. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics occupations related to computers and information technology are growing faster than any other group.


A Top-Ranked Education

A top-ranked education with a global impact. By learning from the best, our students establish themselves as leaders in the ever-changing world.

  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021

  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021
Thomas Holt Headshot

Thomas J. Holt

Professor, Director of School of Criminal Justice

Thomas J. Holt is the director of the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He received his PhD in 2005 from the University of Missouri Saint Louis. He is an internationally recognized expert in cybercrime, cyberterrorism and the police and policy response to these threats. His work focuses on all manner of cybercrime, with particular emphasis on computer hacking, data breaches, and online illicit market operations. He has published over 50 articles in various academic journals.

Course Information

 

Core

CJ 872 — Open Source Information (3 credits)

CJ 874 — Cybercrime, Deviance and Virtual Society (3 credits)

CJ 875 — Digital Forensic Investigations (3 credits)

CJ 876 — Data Systems/Infrastructure (3 credits)

CJ 877 — Cyber Terror and Cyber Warfare (3 credits) 

 

 

 

 

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted into this program, you must have:

  • 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA*
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Resume (encouraged, but not required)
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
  • International students should submit scores form the TOEFL 80: no sub-scores under 19 for Reading, Listening and Speaking; no sub-score below 22 for Writing**

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a university graduate application
  •  If an applicant's GPA is below 3.2, GRE scores must be submitted.
  •  In lieu of the TOEFL, we accept IELTS scores with a minimum average score of 6.5 and no sub-score below 6.0.

Key Dates

This program accepts rolling applications. Students can start the program in any semester. We recommend submitting applications at least one month prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing.

 

Tuition & Fees

  

 In-State Tuition  Out-of-State Tuition  Additional Fees
 $11,610 Total $11,610 Total  $20 Service fees per semester 

 

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

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