Program Overview

The Master of Forensic Science is a specialized professional degree designed for law enforcement, lab personnel, attorneys, investigators, and other professionals who are seeking to upgrade their existing skills. It is also useful for those who want to enter these professions at the municipal, county, state, or federal levels. The field of forensics focuses on the application of scientific methods to the resolution of legal problems. The degree is designed for generalists in forensic sciences with core courses ranging from major case investigation, criminalistics, crime scene photography, forensic anatomy and physiology, medicolegal death investigation, psychology, anthropology, questioned documents, laboratory and field exercises, and criminal profiling.The program also includes scientific writing and forensic related research. The program culminates in a supervised master's research project directed by full-time faculty and a committee of associate and core adjunct faculty selected by students from their program. Graduates of the program are professionally prepared to meet the scientific and practical demands of the forensic profession as it interfaces with the law enforcement community at all levels.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Must hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university where an overall GPA of 2.5, or where a GPA of 2.75 or higher was achieved in the last 90 quarter units. Students with a GPA of 2.0 to 2.49 may be admitted to the University if they have a satisfactory score on one of the following tests: GMAT, GRE, Miller Analogies Test, or an approved, standardized program-specific exam.

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