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Master of Research in Forensic Cyberpsychology (M.Res.)

Available Summer 2023

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Earn a Master of Research in Forensic Cyberpsychology and navigate the investigative methodology and human psychology behind cybercriminal behavior.

Cyberspace is a very real part of our everyday lives. From online banking to social networking, almost every aspect of our daily routine is associated with the cyber world. With this is mind, we need to learn to protect ourselves, and others, from becoming potential victims of cybercrime. In Forensic Cyberpsychology, professionals look at the human factors behind cybercrime, learning what motivates criminals to act as they do, as well as develop methods for ethical computer hacking and online investigative procedures to help prevent these crimes.

Within the field of Forensic Cyberpsychology, you will uncover methods of forensic data and evidence collection, analyze digital footprints, perform investigations and presentations of cases, learn of legal actions within the criminal justice system, and delve further into the psychology of human factors in cybercriminal behavior. 

Capitol Tech has the unique resources and partnerships for students to progress in this field. In addition to learning from the world-leading expert in Cyberpsychology, Dr. Mary Aiken and other award-winning faculty, students may have opportunities for research collaborations with the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Defense (DoD) and other related agencies and organizations. The university’s proximity to the nation’s technology hub of Washington, D.C. and the DMV ensures prospective students will find many internships and job opportunities available to them with leaders of the industry.

The M.Res. in Forensic Cyberpsychology program is structured for experienced professionals in this field with an appropriate undergraduate degree. Within the program, students will conduct original research in an approved area of Forensic Cyberpsychology. 

For continued study, see our Ph.D. in Cyberpsychology

Why Capitol?


Strong partnerships lead to career development

Capitol has established strong partnerships with leaders in the industry: the NSA, DoD, and other agencies, business, and organizations to ensure that our students have access to the best resources and networking opportunities to develop their career.

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Industry experience with award-winning faculty and labs

You’ll receive the expert guidance you need to successfully complete your master’s research and build knowledge in the field through our word-leading faculty and our cyber and forensics labs. 

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Program is 100% online

This degree program is 100% online. Students will conduct their studies in virtual labs and receive online instruction from professors to gain the skills needed to develop their potential.


Dr. Mary Aiken

Dr. Mary Aiken

Chair and Professor

Dr. Mary Aiken serves as Chair and Professor of the  Cyberpsychology Department. She holds a Ph.D. in Forensic Cyberpsychology. Professor Mary Aiken is a world leading expert in Cyberpsychology – the study of the impact of technology on human behaviour and is a Professor of Forensic Cyberpsychology in the Department of Law and Criminology at the University of East London. Dr. Aiken is a member of INTERPOL's Global Cybercrime Expert Group and an Academic Advisor to Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). She is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine, Global Fellow at the Washington DC Wilson Center, a member of the Medico-Legal Society, an International Affiliate Member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a Fellow of the Society for Chartered IT Professionals.

Richard Baker

Dr. Richard Baker

Dissertation Chair

Dr. Richard Baker is Dissertation Chair of Graduate Programs at Capitol Technology University. He previously served as associate professor in Indiana State University’s Department of Aviation Technology, and as executive director of the Center for Unmanned Systems and Human Capital Development.  Richard holds a BS in mathematics and an MS in computer science from Indiana State University. He received his doctorate in information systems from Nova Southeastern University.  

Dr. William Butler

Dr. William Butler

Vice President

Dr. William (Bill) Butler is currently the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Capitol Technology University. Prior to this appointment in 2021, Dr. Butler served as Cybersecurity Chair for 8 years at Capitol Tech. Earlier in his career, he worked in the networking and IT industries as a network engineer and consultant for over 20 years. He also served as a joint qualified communications information systems officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired as a Colonel with 30 years of service (active and reserve). Dr. Butler holds a Doctorate in cybersecurity earned from Capitol focusing on preserving cellphone privacy and countering illegal cell towers (IMSI catchers).

Ian McAndrew

Dr. Ian McAndrew


An internationally recognized leader in research and expert on low-speed flight, Dr. McAndrew has five degrees: a PhD, two master’s degrees and two bachelor’s degrees. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Dr. McAndrew chairs several international conferences and journals and is invited to give keynote speeches all over the world. He started his career in the automotive industry as an engine designer, and has worked at several universities across the globe. Dr. McAndrew is Dean of doctoral programs at Capitol Technology University. An external examiner on the world wide stage (UK USA, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Japan, Australia, Greece and Kenya) his experience includes over 115 successful Doctorate successes.

Career Opportunities

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Market demand for Forensic Cyberpsychology expertise

Get your degree in a rapidly growing field with an increasing demand for talented and dedicated professionals. 

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A degree in a cutting-edge industry

Graduates will contribute significantly to the emerging Forensic Cyberpsychology field through the creation of new knowledge and ideas. Get the necessary credentials to take on a leadership role; become a researcher, speaker, author, or trusted expert. 

Degree Details

The completion of the M.Res. in Forensic Psychology program requires the student to produce, present, and defend a master's dissertation after receiving the required approvals from the student’s Committee and the M.Res. Review Board, which consists of the Dean and a senior academic with external expertise as needed and the M.Res. Review Board. 

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change.

The following rates are in effect for the 2022-2023 academic year, beginning in Fall 2022 and continuing through Summer 2023:

  • The per credit charge for graduate courses:
    • Online or satellite campus (per credit) - $630, plus fees (information technology and other applicable fees)
    • Independent study (per credit) - $877, plus fees (information technology and other applicable fees)
  • The active duty military tuition rate is $350 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
  • The retired military tuition rate is $530 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
  • There is no charge for online application, $40 fee for paper application

For 2023-2024 masters tuition and fees, click here.

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