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Get Started in the Cyber Security Program

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with a CTE/STEM advisor at Richland College.


Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

The catalog provides detailed information about the courses required for degree and certificate options in Digital Forensics.

If you are pursuing CNSS certifications 4011 or 4012 (specific to Information Assurance), you must take designated, required courses at Richland College to qualify for those certifications. 

Certification Programs in Information Security and Information Assurance

Richland College is the only two-year college in the state of Texas to offer certification programs in Information Security and Information Assurance as set by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

CNSS’ standards for information systems security professionals provide the minimum training and education standards for executing the duties and responsibilities of many specific job positions in this industry. A combination of approved courses and specific electives allows students to receive applicable federal certifications.

Learn more about CNSS certifications available at Richland, including which Richland courses are designated as required for the 4011 and 4012 certifications specific to Information Assurance.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

Related Programs

Check out other programs in Technology and Data Systems.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Developing Skills for Success

Focused, hands-on training in software and other professional tools in this program includes:

  • A state-of-the-art lab environment
  • Individualized hands-on labs
  • The latest forensics technology and software training
  • Forensic toolkit (FTK)
  • EnCase
  • Paraben device seizure
  • Forensic talon kit
  • CellDeck
  • The Sleuth Kit and Autopsy
  • Other open source and commercial tools

Richland’s Digital Forensics program has a Facebook Group managed by current and former students for communication with student peers (the group is not accessible by faculty). Interested students can request entry to the group on the site.

Current announcements are posted on the program’s Twitter page.

Federal Grants Provide State-of-the-Art Lab, Curriculum and Faculty Training

The Digital Forensics program was developed with the help of federal grants that ensure a training program using the latest technologies.

A U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Title III grant funded the startup of the program and helped to build a state-of-the art lab environment and develop the degree plan and courses. The DOE promotes scientific and technological innovation in support of advancing the country’s national, economic and energy security. Cybersecurity is a critical part of its national security initiative.

The Cyber Security Education Consortium (CSEC), funded by a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF), allows Richland to maintain up-to-date faculty training and curriculum. The CSEC includes the state of Oklahoma’s Career and Technology Education System, four of its largest community colleges and the University of Tulsa, which serves as the principal training provider for the two-year institutions it mentors. Community colleges in Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, Tennessee and Kansas are members of the consortium.

Faculty Profiles

Digital Forensics faculty have advanced academic qualifications and professional experience, so they can relate to the challenges you’ll face in your career. Our instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job. See profiles of our Digital Forensics faculty.

Transfer Information

The Digital Forensics program can prepare you for direct entry into the workforce in an entry-level information security position.

However, if you’d like to continue your education to earn a bachelor’s degree, Richland College has articulation (transfer) agreements with several four-year institutions, including Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Vermont’s Champlain College and Capital Tech.

See the Digital Forensics associate degree plan for a list of extra courses to complete in addition to the Information Assurance specialization for better transferability of courses to a four-year institute of higher education.

Visit the Transfer Services website for general information on the transfer process.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Digital Forensics program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.