About Digital Forensics



Digital footprints are everywhere. As you go about our day we are leaving a trail of 1’s and 0’s on our computers, cell phones, the Internet, the gas pump, and the grocery store. This trail follows us at home, at school, and at work. A digital forensics practitioner can use this trail to identify a killer, a network intruder, a spy, or a terrorist. Digital forensic science is practiced at crime scenes, on battlefields, and in corporations on a daily basis.




The Digital Forensic coursework at Marshall University is extensively hands-on.


Some of what you learn will include:

  • How computers, networks, mobile devices, and the Internet work
  • How to use some of the most widely used professional tools
  • Sound forensic principles and procedures
  • How to conduct a thorough digital forensic examination
  • Cybercrime laws, laws of evidence, and search and seizure
  • How to communicate effectively in writing, orally, and visually
  • How to think critically


When students graduate, they have the opportunity to leave Marshall with not only a degree, but sought after industry certifications in the use both computer and mobile forensic tools.

Digital forensic skills are in high demand at all levels of law enforcement, the military and intelligence communities, the private sector, and a wide variety of other government agencies.


What is Digital Forensics?

The American Academy of Forensic Science created this video to help explain.

Digital Forensics in the Headlines

Extra-curricular Opportunities

There is an abundance of extra-curricular opportunities in the Marshall University Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program.