Degree Program Overview

This Ph.D. program is intended for students with a bachelor’s degree in computing science, computer engineering, or digital forensics and provides the theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and computational skills needed to understand the role of digital and cyber forensic science in post-technological societies. This degree is designed to produce graduates with the technical and leadership skills needed for leadership positions in business and industry, federal and state security agencies, and academia. 

Students seeking their Ph.D. in digital and cyber forensic science must complete 85 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Previously completed master’s level coursework is evaluated on an individual basis. For advancement to candidacy, you must be enrolled full-time, maintain a 3.0 grade point average, complete 46 graduate credit hours of coursework and internship, submit a portfolio for review, and pass Comprehensive Examinations.

Students who advance to doctoral candidacy must complete and defend a doctoral dissertation, and a minimum of 15 credit hours of dissertation with continuous enrollment in the dissertation course until graduation are required.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)
Length 85 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall
Costs Rates Per Semester
Admission Requirements Application Materials

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1

Please note that application deadlines will occasionally change. Please contact the program director (listed in the contact section) for confirmation on application deadlines.

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