Certificate in Digital Forensics

Looking to take your career to the next level?

Do you have a desire to expand your existing educational foundation while increasing your cyber employment opportunities?

The amount of personally owned, Internet connected devices is rapidly approaching the 50 billion mark. This rapid increase in use of internet enabled appliances fosters a growing demand for industry professionals that can not only secure but also extract and analyze useful information from digital devices.

Bloomsburg University offers the only digital forensics certificate program in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and one of the only bachelor level digital forensics certificate programs in the country. The digital forensics certificate program is fully online allowing you to attend classes from anywhere in the world and complete the following course work based on your schedule.

At BU, digital forensics certificate students will:

  • Analyze file systems found on hard drives and other digital media
  • Recover deleted pictures, documents, and internet activity
  • Trace network activity to find weaknesses and compromises
  • Determine system and network vulnerabilities
  • Discover ways to protect systems and data from hackers
  • Utilize industry standard forensic software to analyze digital media images

The main focus of the digital forensics certificate is supporting the national mission to educate and train the Nation’s future cybersecurity workforce. The digital forensics certificate program offers rigorous training. We are a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved training vendor. All certificate course are listed in the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) Education and Training Catalog.

Completing the program will qualify the certificate recipients to apply for abundant employment opportunities in the cybersecurity and digital forensics fields. The listing in the NICCS Education and Training Catalog assures cybersecurity professionals the coursework will enhance their skillset and increase their level of expertise. Our courses are also aligned with defined categories in the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework). This alignment shows BU is dedicated to producing students who enter the workforce capable of meeting today's cybersecurity needs in the public and private sectors.

Digital Forensics Certificate

Digital Forensics Certificate

Program Director
Diane Barrett | dbarrett@bloomu.edu
Ben Franklin Hall 220

Course Offerings and Sequence

  • DIGFOR 121 – File Systems 1
  • DIGFOR 122 – File Systems 2
  • COMPSCI 115 – Python Programming
  • DIGFOR 275 - Intro to Computer Networks
  • DIGFOR 311 - Security Fundamentals
  • DIGFOR 317 - Digital Forensics Software


Center of Academic Excellence

Bloomsburg University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education with a focus in the area of digital forensics through the academic year 2021. The CAE designation, jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, recognizes that Bloomsburg’s digital forensics program has met stringent criteria in regard to its digital forensics curriculum, faculty and research, as well as demonstrated an institution-wide commitment to information assurance practices and cyber defense education.

Center of Academic Excellence

Out-of-State Licensure

Some U.S. states and territories may require a private investigator license to perform certain digital forensic examiner tasks. Bloomsburg University cannot confirm whether the BU digital forensics program meets the educational requirements for professional licensure as a private investigator in any jurisdiction at this time. We encourage you to contact your state Attorney General to seek guidance in determining whether there is a license requirement for digital examiners, and if so, to what degree the BU digital forensics program helps meet the requirements for PI licensure in the state where you intend to seek employment.