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University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-6914 Forensic Science Institute FSI 110F , Box 203


Mark McCoy joined the faculty at UCO in the fall of 2005 following retirement from his position as Deputy Inspector with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Prior to his career at the OSBI, he worked as a police officer for the Tulsa Police Department and was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. McCoy is a professor in the UCO Forensic Science Institute and the School of Criminal Justice. He has been Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) since 1996 and was the first supervisor of the OSBI Computer Crime Unit. He was selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Digital Forensics in 2012. His research interests include the application of technology in law enforcement, digital forensics, computer crime, and law enforcement education and training.

Education and Certifications

Ed.D., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 2000. 

M.S., Forensic Science, National University, San Diego, California, 1984.

B.S., Public Administration (Criminal Justice –Minor), Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1980.

Honors and Awards

Neely Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Central Oklahoma, (2018)

Fulbright Senior Specialist in Information Technology (Digital Forensics) (2012)

Classes Taught

  • CJ 4523\5523- Cyber Crime
  • FRSC 4463\5463- Digital Forensics
  • FRSC 4633\5633- Digital Forensics Tools and Analysis
  • FRSC 5873- Research Methods in Forensic Science
  • ISOM 3343- IT Security and Risk Management
  • FRSC 5863- Expert Witness

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Robberson, S.J. & McCoy, M.R. (2018) “A Bit Like Cash: Understanding Cash-For-Bitcoin Transactions Through Individual Vendors” Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law Vol 13, No. 2

McCoy, M.R, (2014) Book Review: "Unleashing the Power of Unconditional Respect: Transforming Law Enforcement and Police Training", Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 37 Iss: 3

Adams, D.E., Mabry, J.P., McCoy, M. R., & Lord, W. D. (2012). “Challenges for forensic science: New demands in today’s world. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/00450618.2012.728246.

Cheng, J, McCoy, M.R., & Noel, D. (2012). “A just-in-time model for teaching and solving cybercrimes: A comparative study of management information systems and digital forensics. Journal of Information Systems Technology & Planning (JISTP). 5, (13) pp. 44-61.

McCoy, M. R. (2006). “Teaching style and the application of adult learning principles by police instructors”, Policing: An international journal of police strategies and management 29, (1) pp. 77-91.

McCoy, M. R. (2006). “Cops, computers and the curriculum”, International journal of police science and management, 8, (2) pp. 153- 158.


McCoy, M.R. & Elliott, R. (2018). The Digital Evidence Workbook: Practical Exercises & Activities. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, IA.

Book Chapters

McCoy, M.R. & Elliott, R. (2015) “Collection and Preservation of Digital Evidence” in Handbook for Detectives edited by Eterno and Roberson, Taylor and Francis Group.

McCoy, M. R. (2011) “Cybercrimes” in Introduction to Criminal Investigation edited by Michael Birzer and Cliff Roberson, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group.

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