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Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Forensics, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
Digital forensic measures are needed to respond to security incidents in order to prevent loss or corruption of sensitive information. It allows for the creation of sound processes in following the trail of digital evidence through an investigation, including formal reporting and courtroom testimony. It connects the legal aspects of data and technology to electronic discovery, deposition.
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An undergraduate student, regardless of field of study, may enroll in the Certificate of Digital Forensics. This program will help prepare the next generation of IT professionals to fill positions in the Law Enforcement, at the corporate level anything from forensic to incident response, data misuse, hacking, intrusion and theft, for the Government including the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and the Department of Energy, and Military Investigations. 

It prepares the student to seek entry to mid-level career positions such as: 

  • Computer/Digital Forensics Examiner, Forensic Analyst, Computer Forensics Analyst, Forensics Systems Analyst, Forensics System Engineer, Digital Forensics Engineer, IT Forensics Manager, Multi-media Exploitation Specialist, Information Systems Analyst, Information Systems Operations Analyst, Information Assurance Engineer, Information Security Crime Investigator, Computer Crime Investigator, Cyber Forensics Analyst, Cyber Ninja, Cyber Athlete, and Cyber Gladiator. Program graduates will know through various tools, techniques, and methods, how to properly acquire and collect evidence for use in legal proceedings for criminal or civil forensics requirements, present rules of evidence, and maintain integrity of the chain of custody.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Examine common incident response procedures via basic computer investigation processes and a good computer forensics lab for the development of investigative reports following first responder procedures.
  • Investigate forensics of wireless network attacks, both caused by mobile and wireless peripheral devices, then evaluate security and access procedures within wireless Internet use subject search warrants and chain of custody in a forensic investigation.
  • Explore web attacks, router forensics, e-mail tracking techniques, e-mail crime, and network forensics through investigation logs.
  • Discuss corporate espionage and prevention techniques and computer-related crimes, such as sexual harassment and child pornography and the law.
  • Analyze image files using forensic processes, recovered files on deleted partitions, data acquisition and duplication procedures, and steganography tools to create a forensic investigation case.
  • Analyze file systems, hard disks, various types of digital media, tools, and applications that utilize password cracking on various operating systems.


American Public University is part of the American Public University System (APUS), which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC accredits degree-granting institutions located in a 19-state region, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    First Monday of every month

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      3 years: total time allowed to complete

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Computer Forensics
  • Digital Forensics: Investigation Procedures and Response
  • Digital Forensics: Investigating Wireless Networks and Devices
  • Digital Forensics: Investigating Network Intrusions and Cybercrime Security
  • Digital Forensics: Investigating Data and Image Files
  • Digital Forensics: Hard Disc and Operating Systems

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Our university welcomes international applicants from many countries around the world. We are an online university and students are not required to enter the U.S. Therefore, we do not issue I-20 or DS-2019 forms for the F-1 or J-1 student visas.
  • In addition to the admission requirements for undergraduate or graduate study, we may require additional documents related to residency, 
  • English proficiency, and educational background. Our institution maintains the right to require this documentation when needed.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    270 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 270 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    270 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 270 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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  • Tuition Rates Per Credit Hour
  • We charge a $50 technology fee (per course). Additional fees might apply.


International applicants are required to pay each course in full using a U.S. credit card or money order. The Automatic Debit Plan (ADP) payment option is available when used with a credit card drawn from a U.S. institution.
Suggestions for international students seeking financial assistance to fund their studies at APUS:

  • Contact their Ministry of Education – explore scholarship, grants or loan possibilities
  • Contact private lenders – companies or banks
  • Seek sponsorship from a personal investor

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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