Cyber Forensics & Information Security: Robert Morris University Cyber Forensics & Information Security | Robert Morris University


As new technological innovations continue to proliferate in our society, so do the opportunities for technology exploitation.  Once a mere nuisance, hackers now threaten private citizens, businesses, and government agencies.

Government and law enforcement agencies need skilled professionals who can join the fight against cyber crime, cyber terrorism, identity theft, and the exploitation of minors. Companies and other private sector organizations need skilled professionals with both business acumen and technology skills for recognizing and mitigating vulnerabilities. 

The Cyber Forensics and Information Security program combines the disciplines of technology, business, organizational behavior, and law. Students learn techniques used to detect, respond to, and prevent network intrusions. They also master broader concepts such as the responsible use of resources, the appropriate management of risks, and the alignment of information technology with the organization. 

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2010 national mean bachelor-level entry-level salaries:
(information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)
By type of employer By job function
Aerospace $57,000 Computer Programming $49,780
Banking (Investment) $56,667 Consulting $53,875
Computer Systems Design/Consulting/Programming $47,000 Investment Banking (Sales/Trading) $57,000
Consulting Services $59,250 Network Administration $53,333
Financial Services $59,700 Software Design and Development $49,333
Government (State and Local) $40,000 Systems Analysis and Design $56,667
Insurance $69,500 Other Computer Related $52,356
Software Publishers $55,000    
2009 RMU Salary Survey Mean: Range:
Computer Information Systems $67,500 $50,000 - $85,000
Information Sciences $58,200 $44,600 - $75,000
Information Systems Management $40,167 $25,000 - $70,000

Introduction to Decision Support Systems (3 credits)

Any programming language (3 credits)

Computer Forensics (3 credits)

Cyberlaw (3 credits)

Digital Evidence Analysis (3 credits)

Operating Systems Concepts (3 credits)

Microcomputing Technology (A+) (3 credits)

Network Technology and Management (N+) (3 credits)

Network Forensics, Intrusion Detection, and Response (3 credits)

Students develop professional experience through internships and cooperative education in Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit and health care organizations, and with small businesses. The supervised work experience provides the student with hands-on experience in hardware and software technology, applications, and organizational operations. 

The Computer and Information Systems Department also offers a five-year, integrated B.S. and M.S. degree for all six of its master's degree programs. For most students, the program requires 150 credits.

Faculty members in the School of Communications and Information Systems are recognized for their dedication to teaching, academic research, global understanding, and professional experience. Our faculty regularly wins awards and accolades for excellence in teaching and research. As guides and mentors, they motivate students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their field of study. Faculty members encourage students to engage in scholarly pursuits, including participation in academic conferences and professional organizations. Our faculty members hail from seven countries on four continents, helping to broaden students’ global understanding. Many lead study abroad trips and international student exchanges in Europe, South America, and Asia. Finally, SCIS faculty members’ professional experience and community involvement help students connect what they’re learning in the classroom to the workplace.

RMU graduate tuition rates are competitively set within the western Pennsylvania region. Also, many of our students find that their employers are willing to help pay for all or a portion of the cost of attendance, so we have procedures for third-party and delayed billing to meet the requirements of your human resources department. In addition, graduate students are eligible for student loans, and a there are a few graduate assistant positions available each year.
Ultimately, your graduate degree is an investment in your lifetime earnings and career path. The national data is clear: Those who own master's and doctoral degrees, on average, earn significantly more than those with a baccalaureate or less. And, those with advanced degrees report higher job satisfaction and upward mobility within their chosen professions.