Cyber Threat Research and Analytics Graduate Certificate

With the world more interconnected than ever before, criminal and nefarious actors have learned to leverage technology for their own personal gain. As such, the need has never been greater for students to have the ability to identify and combat this ever present and growing cyber threat. Carlow University's Master's of Fraud and Forensics and the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) are partnering to deliver the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Threat Research and Analytics.  Our program will leverage the expertise of professionals in the community who are working with industry and law enforcement on a daily basis to disrupt adversary activity and prevent future attacks.

This is an online nine-credit offering that will engage experts in the areas of accounting, finance, law enforcement, government, and the the private sector. This graduate certificate will provide graduate level training in the techniques and tools used to investigate, respond to, and remediate various types of cyber crime and cyber-enabled crime. 


  • April and September Start Dates
  • Interested students must have a completed Bachelor's Degree with a 3.0 QPA
  • $4995 tuition + $500 lab fee* (employer reimbursement encouraged)
  • Carlow Alumni who have completed MFF 730 in the MFF graduate program may complete this certificate by taking MFF 741 and MFF 743. Tuition charges will be prorated accordingly.

Through our partnership with the NCFTA, our courses will cover training for topics such as understanding cyber-threats, identification of threat actors, and how to conduct online investigations. We will explore threats on the clear net and the dark web and their impacts on the private for-profit, non-profit, public, and government sectors.

This special graduate certificate is 100% online (student can choose a virtual residency, or work on ground at the NCFTA labs). The credits earned by completing the certificate can be applied towards completion of the Master of Fraud and Forensics degree or MBA degree. To enroll or get answers to your questions, contact Admissions: 412.578.6059,

*note: additional fees may apply

Course Information

  • MFF 730 Cybercrime - 5 Week Course
    A theoretical and hands-on examination of the complexities of cybercrime and the difficulty of investigating and prosecuting cybercrime cases. Students will study cybercriminals and the science of social media. Students will also evaluate methods to protect organizational and personal data from cybercrime. Finally, students will develop an understanding of the national and international laws regulating cyber activity and understand the complexities of compliance.
  • MFF 741 Cyber Analysis on the Dark Web - 5 Week Course
    This course will build upon the threats and technologies introduced in Cybercrime (MFF730) as well as introduce more technical topics. The course provides students with a more thorough understanding of important topics such as encryption, obfuscation, virtual currency, and preparing for online investigations. Students will also be introduced to the dark web and sources for discovering sites as well as security precautions they should take. Additionally, the class will introduce intelligence and analysis topics such as link analysis, clear net, and dark web targeting methodologies. The class will be online with hands-on exercises.
  • MFF 743 Advanced Cyber Analysis and Targeting on the Dark Web- 4 Week Course
    This course builds off of topics covered in MFF730 and MFF741. Students will leverage the following techniques: anonymizing oneself, analytic targeting, intelligence methodologies and data analysis. Students will identify targets of interest and safely navigate to forums and marketplaces of interest. The course will consist of a capstone event at the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance located in Pittsburgh, PA. As such, students must attend the 2-day onsite portion to successfully complete the course.
  • NCFTA Onsite Residency - 2 Days
    The capstone residency will consist of a 2-day onsite event with NCFTA. Students will be required to be onsite at the NCFTA office in Pittsburgh, PA in order to complete the requirement of the MFF 743 Course and the graduate certificate.

click here for the program schedule for the graduate certificate in Cyber Threat Research


Students accepted into the program will complete a 3-5 hour online orientation, prior to the first course. Each three credit course includes approximately 42-45 hours of lectures/videos/other teaching materials. In addition, there are homework assignments to be completed each week.

The course may include weekly readings, videos, written assignments, and discussion board postings. Student are responsible for viewing all posted materials and completing and submitting all assignments on time via the CelticOnline course site, and for any announcements or additional class information or resource materials.

Next Steps: Students completing this graduate certificate are encouraged to consider entry to the MFF or MBA graduate programs

Brought to you in Partnership with the NCFTA