With threats to technology and information security ever present, cybersecurity is a critical and compelling field. In this graduate certificate program, you can receive training in the investigative tools used in dealing with cyber crime. Guided by experienced members of law enforcement, accounting and the private sector, you will gain an understanding of cyber threats, and learn how to identify threat actors and conduct online investigations. 

The graduate certificate in Cyber Threat Research and Analytics is a collaboration between Carlow’s Master’s of Fraud and Forensics program and the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA).

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Credits required:

9 credits

Cost per credit:


Time to Completion:

As few as 5 months


100% online

The Cyber Threat Research and Analytics curriculum focuses on the complexities of investigating cybercrime, protecting organizational and personal data, understanding social media and national and international laws that regulate cyber activity.

You will learn about encryption, obfuscation and virtual currency through a general introduction to the dark web; security-based skills essential to investigation and dark web targeting tactics; techniques to anonymize yourself; and intelligence methodologies and data analysis. 

The curriculum also includes a capstone two-day, onsite residency at the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance in Pittsburgh. 

Quick facts

  • Engage with experts in accounting, law enforcement and the private sector
  • Gain a working knowledge of the dark web 
  • Prepare yourself to become a certified fraud examiner or enter Carlow’s Master’s in Fraud and Forensics program
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Career opportunities for Cyber Threat Research and Analytics

Career opportunities in cyber security require different levels of education. Positions include forensic computer analyst, information security analyst and security architect. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for information security analysts is expected to grow 31% over the next 10 years.

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work



Start terms:

April & September

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Joseph Roberts, PhD Professor, Program Director of MA in Psychology, MS in Fraud and Forensics, and Undergraduate Criminology

If you are interested in this graduate certificate program, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps.

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