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MS in High Technology Crime Investigation

Study computer forensics at GW


The High Technology Crime Investigations program reflects the changing technology environment of the 21st century. The rise in technology-related crime—from criminal cases, civil disputes, medical malpractice, and employee misconduct to acts of terrorism—has generated an urgent need for a new type of investigator who can combine the sciences of information technology and forensics with the arts of investigation and critical thinking. The program provides experienced and aspiring security professionals with a fundamental understanding of the legal, technical, management and behavioral factors associated with conducting computer-related crime investigations. The program partners with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to offer scholarships for U.S. students to study computer security and information assurance, including digital forensics.

Program at a Glance

  • Learn from the expertise of digital forensics experts, cybersecurity professionals, investigators, lawyers and psychologists.
  • 12 course (36 credit hour) program, consisting of 10 required courses (30 credits), and two electives (6 credits)
  • Classes meet on evenings and weekends at a convenient Arlington location
  • Can be completed in two years (provided that prerequisites are met)
  • Gain experience in a hands-on computer lab environment
  • A variety of internship opportunities in the government and private sector are available for students entering the field or making a career transition

The program is designed to meet the needs of:

  • Law-enforcement agencies
  • Federal and state government agencies concerned with High Technology Crime
  • Corporations
  • Information security professionals
  • Computer forensic professionals needing an advanced degree
  • Individuals wanting to enter the growing field of high technology crime investigation


Drones: The Next Criminal Element?

There is much in the news on privacy concerns relating to drones, but not much about the potential criminal factor. According to Victor Weedn, chair of the Department of Forensic Sciences, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) could soon become a major tool in the arsenal of criminals everywhere. His biggest concern is the preparedness of the forensics community.

Meet the Program Director

Eva A. Vincze

Eva A. Vincze, program director for the High Technology Crime Investigations program, conducts research and training in the areas of behavioral security. Her interests focus on the design and development of e-learning and blended learning methodologies including simulations, 3D animation, augmented reality and virtual world environments. She has over 25 years of experience in the private, corporate and government sectors.