Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:40 pm Post subject: MS Computer Forensics - GMU?
I am looking to get into ms computer forensics probably at GMU. I did some research on the jobs available in the field and then matched the curriculum of various(almost all) CF programs and the best to me seemed GMU. Another factor that weighed in was the affordability of tuition.
Does any one has any experience with GMU, especially in ms cf? If so, what would be the campus placement ratio, employers etc?
If you have first hand experience of some other university's MS CF program, please share.
My bottom line is having great hands-on training and excellent ROI. Any/all input will be highly appreciated.
I'm a couple of years into the GMU CFRS program (part-time, evenings), so I'll pass along my perspective and do my best to paraphrase what I've heard about the program from instructors.
The program is relatively new, and it has slowly established a stable curriculum. I attribute this more to growing pains, though, as they work to identify instructors who are subject matter experts in the material they teach. For the most part, the instructors have done a great job of interweaving theoretical concepts and hands-on learning. I am a big stickler for the Look-See-Do instruction style, especially when you're learning a discipline that requires the use of a lot of software and hardware tools. My favorite courses/instructors in the program, which also happen to be the most demanding, are Malware Reverse Engineering, Network Forensics, Mobile Device Forensics, and Ethics in IT.
I haven't shopped the degree program around to prospective employers yet, so I can't speak directly to ROI. In my opinion, though, the CFRS Master's degree is kind of a dark horse. I don't think it has been encountered very often in the job market up to this point, but it immediately makes you a more competitive candidate for job opportunities, especially when employers perform "education-based application filtering" (i.e., cut the resume stack in half by only considering MS applicants).
Also, unlike boutique programs, such as regular Forensic Science, this degree doesn't pigeon-hole you into one industry. You can graduate and perform malware analysis, cyber profiling, E-discovery, incident response for law enforcement, private organizations, federal agencies, military, etc. That elasticity is a huge benefit.
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