Computer Forensics Certificate

Criminals increasingly use computers as weapons to illegally access information or release worms and viruses to disrupt computer networks. Law enforcement agencies often must rely on criminal forensics experts to acquire, investigate, and report on the electronic evidence of criminal cases. The department offers a graduate-level certificate program in Computer Forensics, co-sponsored with the Department of Criminal Justice, that will train you in the skills necessary for a successful career as a CyberCrime Investigator or as a Computer Forensics Examiner.

Reflection of a student in a computer screen displaying code. The certificate offers training in the core area of retrieval, preservation, and analysis of digital evidence (documents and images, data, etc.) stored on various devices, including personal computers, tablets, and cell phones. The program provides training in the tools necessary to identify, and appropriately respond to, attacks on local- and wide-area networks. Individuals certified in Computer Forensics will be prepared to testify in litigation as expert witnesses in criminal and civil litigation.

Certificate Program Requirements

The Computer Forensics Certificate requires 21 hours of Criminal Justice and CS courses and 9 hours of electives taken in one of two tracks: Cybercrime Investigations or IT Audit/Fraud Examination. You can find up-to-date information regarding admission, course requirements, and course descriptions in the UAB Graduate Catalog.


For more information about the Computer Forensics Certificate Program, please contact Dr. Jeffery Walker of Criminal Justice.