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January 23, 2024

La Roche University Announces New Cybersecurity and Forensics Major

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 23, 2024 – Students now can apply to La Roche University’s new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Forensics, beginning in Fall 2024.  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for information security analysts to grow 35 percent nationally and 33 percent in Pennsylvania through 2030. The Cybersecurity and Forensics major at La Roche will prepare students for this rapidly growing field using an interdisciplinary approach combining the areas of law, information technology and computer science.  

Students may apply online and explore the program at a Criminal Justice Visit Day at La Roche on Presidents Day, Feb. 19, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. First-time visitors to campus will receive a $1,000 grant applied to their first semester undergraduate tuition at La Roche. 

William J. Crowley, J.D., a retired FBI Special Agent and Chair of the Justice, Law and Security Department at La Roche, said, “Historically a strong cyber background has not been a part of the security field. The new Cybersecurity and Forensics major intends to address this need through the development of future professionals who have forensic cyber skills with a legal underpinning. The creation of this major demonstrates La Roche’s continued commitment to preparing students for high-demand fields and adapting to the needs of various industries.” 

Students will learn how to identify, preserve and analyze digital data; evaluate current ethical cyber investigative skills and techniques; demonstrate knowledge of legal and technical issues of cyber security; and acquire a global perspective of transnational cyber issues and crime trends. Students also will develop technical and investigative problem-solving skills, as well effective oral and written communication skills.  

For more information contact the Office of Freshman Admissions at or 412-536-1272. Transfer students should email or call 412-536-1260. 


About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, nursing, and health and medical sciences as well as interior architecture & design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,200 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.