Digital Forensics

Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in Digital Forensics examines various forensics models to identify, preserve, collect, analyze, prepare, and present evidence for prosecuting cybercrime. The window of opportunity for collecting evidence can be a few seconds or minutes depending on the sophistication of the perpetrator, and this program teaches the precise digital forensic measures needed to respond to security incidents to prevent loss or corruption of sensitive proprietary information. This certificate program is intended for undergraduate students who seek to heighten their knowledge of digital forensics without committing to an academic degree program.  

Program Courses

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

  • Computer forensics investigations, procedures, and response
  • Advanced investigation techniques for wireless networks and devices
  • Network intrusions, response techniques, and corporate espionage
  • Steganography, data acquisition, and data duplication
  • Deleted file and partition recovery and image file forensics
  • File systems, hard disks, digital media devices, and boot processes
  • Windows and Linux operating system forensics
  • Application of password crackers

Note: One course in this program is aligned with the general objectives of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) certification. View all courses.

Program Objectives

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

  • Examine common incident response procedures via basic computer investigation processes and a good computer forensics lab for the development of investigative reports following first responder procedures.
  • Investigate forensics of wireless network attacks caused by mobile and wireless peripheral devices, and then evaluate security and access procedures within wireless Internet use of subject search warrants and chain of custody in a forensic investigation.
  • Explore Web attacks, router forensics, email tracking techniques, email crime, and network forensics through investigation logs.
  • Discuss corporate espionage and prevention techniques and computer-related crimes, such as sexual harassment and child pornography and the law.
  • Analyze image files using forensic processes, recovered files on deleted partitions, data acquisition and duplication procedures, and steganography tools to create a forensic investigation case.
  • Analyze file systems, hard disks, various types of digital media, tools, and applications that utilize password cracking on various operating systems.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

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.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 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 that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

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.