To apply to the program you need to be a graduate (or will graduate soon) with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or from a recognized university abroad. Most students accepted into the program have a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. An admissions committee (the program directors and a minimum of two affiliated faculty members) will screen applicants and make recommendations to the UAB Graduate School for admission into the program. You can read more about admissions requirements and other program information in the UAB Graduate Catalog.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Admission: November 1
  • Summer Admission: March 1
  • Fall Admission: June 1

Background Requirements

We accept students from undergraduate programs including criminal justice, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, MIS, IT, business, and accounting, as well as other science and social science fields. Regardless of specific undergraduate preparation, you will need to have formal exposure to the core areas of computer forensics, including cybercrime and its investigation, IT auditing/forensic accounting, fundamentals of computer and Internet literacy, probability and statistics, computer programming, networking, logic, discrete mathematics/logic, and information security management.

If you do not meet this background requirement but meet other admission requirements, you will be admitted on a contingency basis and be required to take a series of prerequisite courses that allow you to gain the necessary background to be successful in the program.