This program is intended to increase the pipeline of prospective, high-quality, entry- and advanced level employees involved with protecting physical and virtual systems — systems that are vital to the US and whose incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on national security and the nation’s economic system. The program also provides current employees in the public and private sectors an opportunity to obtain advanced-level, high-quality training in the core areas of computer forensics, information security management, and forensic accounting, to facilitate career advancement.
MSCFSM involves faculty from the Departments of Computer & Information Sciences and Justice Sciences (College of Arts and Sciences) and the Departments of Management, Information Systems Quantitative Methods, and Accounting & Finance (School of Business).
Admission RequirementsStudents seeking admission to the program, regardless of their specific undergraduate preparation, should have some formal exposure to the core areas of the program. If you lack requisite backgrounds but meet minimum admission requirements, you may be admitted to the program on a contingency basis and required to take a series of prerequisite courses. See the MSCFSM Admissions page for more information.
Degree RequirementsYou will complete a set of core courses (including computer forensics/cybercrime investigation, information security management, and ethics) and then choose an area of specialization in either computer forensics/cybercrime investigation or IT audit/fraud examination. Both specializations include a required field practicum (internship) that is completed with an appropriate public or private sector agency or organization.
Please consult the UAB Graduate Catalog for the list of required core and specialization courses.
Program Co-DirectorsDr. Jeffery Walker, Main Program Contact
Department of Justice Sciences
Dr. Nitesh Saxena, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Dr. Allen Johnston, Department of Management, Information Systems, and Quantitative Methods