Top Schools with Computer Forensics Programs

Explore the typical characteristics of a school with a strong program in computer forensics. Read about three top-ranked schools with programs in this field, and find out what kinds of computer forensics degrees you could pursue at each school. Schools offering Computer Forensics degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are Some Characteristics of a Top Schools with Computer Forensics Programs?

Universities might refer to computer forensics-related topics as information assurance, cybersecurity or digital forensics. Top schools should have internship options, cross-disciplinary laboratories and research institutes. You might consider schools that are recognized as national Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) or that have affiliations with the Department of Homeland Security.

Three Highly-ranked Computer Forensics Schools

Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe

ASU ranked 101-150th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (www.arwu.org) for 2018. The school was ranked 43rd for its computer science graduate program in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 rankings (www.usnews.com). ASU's Information Assurance Center (IAC) is certified as a CAE.

Information assurance is a concentration available within computer science bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. This concentration includes coursework in software security, cryptography and computer forensics. ASU offers a 5-year program leading to both a bachelor's and a master's degree in computer science. To gain experience in the field, students can pursue department internships or internships directly with employers. The IAC offers workshop programs. The following degrees are available:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) in Computer Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science
  • Master of Computer Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computer Science

University of Maryland (UM) in College Park

UM was first in U.S. News & World Report's most recent criminology rankings in 2019. UM was 16th for computer science and 51st overall in the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities. Your computer forensics studies could be offered through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering or online through the CAE-designated cybersecurity program.

Research at UM is encouraged at every academic level. The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research and the Maryland Cybersecurity Center facilitate cross-disciplinary research. UM has relationships with laboratories operated by NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Institutes of Health. You might earn one of these degrees:

  • B.S. in Computer Science
  • B.S. in Computer Engineering
  • M.S./Ph.D. in Computer Science
  • M.S./Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Master of Engineering (M.E.) in Cybersecurity
  • Graduate Certificate in Engineering

Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in University Park

PSU was 74th overall in the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities. PSU is a certified CAE with a Center for Information Assurance and a Networking and Security Research Center. It also hosts the Center for Cyber-Security, Information Privacy and Trust as well as the Cyber Security Laboratory.

The College of Information Sciences and Technology collaborates with PSU's communications, engineering and business schools to provide an information assurance curriculum. Online master's programs in either information sciences or homeland security with an information security and forensics specialization are available. An information sciences doctoral program offers a concentration in security informatics. Related post-baccalaureate or graduate certificates are available online. Degree programs include:

  • Associate of Science (A.S.) in Information Sciences and Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Information Sciences and Technology
  • B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology
  • Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Information Sciences
  • M.P.S. in Homeland Security
  • Ph.D. in Information Sciences and Technology

College/UniversityInstitutionTypeLocationEstimated Undergraduate In-State Tuition*
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 4-year, PublicBloomsburg, PA$11,000
Champlain College4-year, PrivateBurlington, VT$41,000
Chestnut Hill College 4-year, PrivatePhiladelphia, PA$36,000
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach 4-year, PrivateDaytona Beach, FL$36,000
Excelsior College 4-year, PrivateAlbany, NYN/A
Forsyth Technical Community College 2-year, PublicWinston Salem, NC $2,000
Guilford Technical Community College 2-year, PublicJamestown, NC$2,000
Mt. Hood Community College 2-year, PublicGresham, OR$5,000
Roger Williams University 4-year, PrivateBristol, RI$35,000
Tiffin University 4-year, PrivateTiffin, OH$25,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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