Jul 15, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Cybercrime, M.S.

College: Behavioral & Community Sciences
Department: Criminology 


  • Cyber Criminology
  • Digital Forensic Investigations

This major shares core requirements with the M.A. in Criminology.

This is a self-supporting program.  A cost comparison of tuition and fees can be found here.

Please note: With the exception of the Department of Children and Family (DCF) waivers, all other waivers (including State of Florida and USF employee) are not accepted for Self-Funded/Self-Supporting or Market Rate Tuition program courses. For additional information, visit: USF Tuition Waiver.


The Master of Science in Cybercrime is a fully online major designed to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of the application of criminological theory, research, and practice to the study of criminal activity that involves the internet, computer systems, and digital technologies. Students in the Cyber Criminology Concentration will master current criminology theory and research as it relates to the social and behavioral aspects of cybercrime and develop an understanding of the types and extent of crimes involving digital technologies.  Students in the Digital Forensic Investigations Concentration will learn investigative methodologies, tools of inquiry, and evidence collection and analysis.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • A statement of purpose detailing reasons for seeking a graduate degree in Cybercrime
  • A professional or academic writing sample providing evidence of the candidate’s academic capabilities.
  • Two letters of reference speaking to the applicant’s academic capabilities

Students who have completed graduate coursework prior to admission to the Major may have their transcripts evaluated to determine coursework that could be applicable toward completion of the M.S. in Cybercrime.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 30 Credit Hours

  • Shared Core Requirements - 11 Credit Hours
  • Concentration - 18 Credit Hours
  • Capstone: 1 Credit Hour

Shared Core Requirements (11 Credit Hours)

Select one of the following Concentrations:

Cyber Criminology Concentration (18 Credit Hours)

Complete the following 15 Credit Hours:

Digital Forensic Investigations Concentration (18 Credit Hours)

Complete the following (15 Credit hours):

Center of Academic Excellent Certification Option for Digital Forensic Concentration (12 Credit Hours)

For students wanting further NSA/DHS CAE (Center of Academic Excellence) certification for their degree, 4 additional out-of-college courses (12 credits) are required. These classes fulfill the complete CAE certification requirement.

Capstone (1 Credit Hour)

Comprehensive Exam / ePortfolio

The student will be required to submit an electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) demonstrating completion of core program competencies in the Cybercrime M.S. Degree program.  This competency‐based portfolio will substitute for a written comprehensive exam.  The ePortfolio will be completed and submitted during CCJ 6057 Cybercrime Capstone  ePortfolio.