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MS in Digital Forensics

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Watch our video to learn more about the MS in Digital Forensics program at GW.

Computer Forensics for Catching 21st Century Criminals

The Digital Forensics program reflects the changing technology environment of the 21st century. With computer-related crime on the rise—ranging from criminal cases and civil disputes to medical malpractice, employee misconduct and even acts of terrorism—there is an urgent need for a new type of investigator, one 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. We partner with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to offer scholarships for U.S. students to study computer security and information assurance at GW, including digital forensics.

Program at a Glance

  • Learn from the expertise of digital forensics experts, cyber security professionals, investigators, lawyers and psychologists
  • Take 12 multidisciplinary courses (36 credit hours), consisting of 10 required courses and two electives
  • Attend classes on evenings and weekends at a convenient Arlington, Va., location
  • Complete your degree in two years (provided prerequisites are met)
  • Gain experience in a hands-on computer lab environment
  • Find valuable internship opportunities in the government and private sectors

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 Digital Forensics


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Meet the Director

Eva A. Vincze

Eva A. Vincze, director of the Digital Forensics program, conducts research and training in the area of behavioral security. Her other 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.