Cybercrime

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Cybercrime examines the selection and use of digital forensics tools, techniques, and methods used to detect and verify cyber terrorism, cyber warfare, cyberstalking, and cyberbullying. The global reach of the Internet, the low cost of online activity, and the relative anonymity of users has contributed to a steady increase in cybercrime. Talented and trained professionals are needed to combat the effects of this rise in computer-related malice. This certificate program is intended for graduate students who seek to heighten their knowledge of cybercrime without committing to an academic degree program. 

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online certificate program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Digital forensics science and procedures
  • Evidence collection and chain of custody rules
  • Cybercrime analysis and prevention
  • Legal, ethical, and social issues relating to the search and seizure of digital evidence
  • Intellectual property rights and censorship
  • Cyber intrusion detection, prevention, and incident handling
  • Importance of digital evidence in litigation

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Note: This program has specific admission requirements. Please view the requirements below to be sure you qualify to apply for this program.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Analyze the domains of knowledge, strategies, countermeasures, and challenges in the areas of cyber terrorism, cyber war, cyber stalking, and cyber bullying.
  • Examine the phases, processes, and challenges of cybercrime investigations.
  • Appraise the technical, legal, economic, and societal issues related to cybercrime.
  • Evaluate the principles, practices, tools, techniques, and procedures to process cybercrime scenes.
  • Appraise the legal and regulatory compliance requirements in investigating and prosecuting cybercrime.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

For this program, you must provide an official transcript of your previously-completed bachelor's or master's degree and have ONE of the following:

  • Associate or bachelor's degree in information technology or a related field (ex: computer science, information systems, database development, etc.)
  • 2 years of work experience in the specific sub-field for this certificate
  • Completion of one of our undergraduate IT certificates
  • Completion of 6 upper-level (300-400) undergraduate credits in IT-related courses
  • Completion of an IT-related minor or concentration during your undergraduate program
  • Certification from CompTIA A+ (2010 – Present) or a combination of the following (must have two) CompTIA Network +, CompTIA Project +, CompTIA Security+ (all 2010-Present)
  • A valid and current Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute
  • Completion of CISSP certification (valid up until the expiration date)

Notes:

  • If the IT-specific requirements are not noted in the official bachelor's or master's transcript, you must provide official copies of your undergraduate transcripts that show the appropriate coursework.
  • The verification of the 2-years work experience needs to be sent to the university from your current/previous employer on company letterhead.
  • Pre-admission courses completed at the undergraduate level must be graded C or higher; B or higher at the graduate level.

An admissions representative will contact you via email or phone to assist you with the enrollment process, review your documentation, and to notify you when you have been admitted into the program and may register for courses.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates  

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.