2018-2019 Catalog (Current)

Digital Forensics/Cybersecurity

Degree Type: Certificate
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose the Digital Forensics/Cybersecurity (DFOR) Certificate?

Responding to industry trends, the Digital Forensics/Cybersecurity Certificate is a cooperative venture of the College of Business and the College of Education Criminal Justice Program. This certificate was created to increase the options available for Ferris State University students seeking to supplement their education in the field of digital forensics and cybersecurity. By supplementing their education with computer and mobile forensics and cybersecurity, it is believed that Ferris State University students majoring in all areas will increase their employment opportunities. The certificate consists of four security sources (one in information security, two in digital forensics, and one in fraud examination). The courses are designed specifically to make the student a more thorough investigator in cyber crime scenes and mobile device technologies.

Admission Requirements

Any person admitted to a Ferris State University degree program may enroll in courses for undergraduate COB certificates. No more than 50% of the credits in a certificate may be transferred from another institution. If a student is in a FSU degree-seeking program, the certificate will not be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are required in the program/major.

Individuals wanting to advance their career, but not admitted to an FSU degree program, may also earn undergraduate COB certificates. 

Admission process for individuals seeking only a certificate: 

  • Unless it is determined by the COB Dean’s Office that regular program admission criteria should be met in order to complete the certificate successfully and be a contributing member of the course, applicants need only show proof of a 2.35 high school GPA. An advisor will be assigned by the College of Business in the certificate program.
  • Students wishing to pursue a bachelor or associate’s degree must meet the admission criteria for the program. This criteria review is initiated when the “Program Change Form” request is processed through the COB Dean’s Office.

Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office.

More Information:
Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business Webpage under the Admissions tab.

Graduation Requirements

You will receive the Digital Forensics/Cybersecurity Certificate after completion of the required twelve credits with a minimum 2.0 grade point.

No more than 50% of the credits in this certificate may be transferred from another institution, nor, will this certificate be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are specifically required in the student's major.

More Information

Accountancy, Finance & Info Systems
 119 South Street, BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
Phone: 231-591-2434
Email:

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Required Courses
Credit Hours

Major Courses - 12 Credits

Digital Security Awareness
3
Digital Forensics and Analysis
3
Link and Visual Analysis
3
Choose One:
Advanced Digital Forensics
3
or
Fraud Examination
3
or
Legal-Ethical Issues Infor Sec
3

NOTE: No more than 50% of the credits in this certificate may be transferred from another institution, nor will this certificate be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are specifically require in the students major.