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Master of Forensic Sciences

National University
Program overview
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English
Start dates
San Diego
October 2021

San Diego
October 2021

Program description

Master of Forensic Sciences

Whether you are seeking a career specifically in the forensic sciences or hoping to advance your skills in law enforcement, lab work, law, investigation, or another profession, you’ll learn valuable and applicable skills in this leading-edge field with a Master of Forensic Sciences. The program is grounded in the study of basic human anatomy, components of death investigation, analysis of disease and trauma, and identification of unknown dead persons. You’ll learn how to professionally interact with forensic pathologists and investigators, and how to apply scientific methods to the resolution of legal problems.

The master’s in forensic science program provides two areas of specialization. The specialization in Criminalistics includes courses in trace evidence, advanced forensic toxicology, advanced forensic serology and DNA, forensic anthropology and archeology, and more. The specialization in Investigation focuses on advanced forensic investigative techniques for the field, giving you a comprehensive understanding of the concepts underlying the forensic sciences.

Admission requirements

  • All entering undergraduate students without prior college level English and/or Math courses must take the ACCUPLACER mathematics and English evaluation as part of the admissions process. The results of the evaluation are printed immediately and a copy is provided to the student. Read more about Placement by Evaluation. The ACCUPLACER may be taken once at no charge. Subsequent examinations can be repeated after 14 days for a $5 fee. Applicants who have not earned an Associate’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or who have completed fewer than 90 quarter (60 semester) units of transferable college credit must have graduated from high school, passed a high school level proficiency test or received a Certificate of Proficiency from a state Department of Education.
  • Applicants who are considered first time students based on the criteria below must attend an orientation course through WES Training and Development prior to enrolling.
    • Never attended a college or university
    • Education experience is limited to:
      • Competency based education
      • College level courses completed during high school
      • Advanced Placement (AP) credit
      • Military service or training
      • Prior learning credit (CLEP, Dantes, Excelsior, portfolio assessment, etc.)
  • High school graduates transferring from regionally accredited colleges and universities are admitted as degree students if their cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher. Applicants with a GPA below 2.0 may be admitted on probationary admission if the Committee on the Application of Standards (Committee) judges that there is sufficient evidence of potential to complete college studies. Applicants below a 2.0 may submit a petition letter to their advisor for review by the Committee.
  • Individual degree programs may have additional admission requirements.
  • Complete an application for admission and enrollment agreement.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Core Requirements

  • Forensic Pathology I
  • Forensic Pathology II
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Forensic Photography
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Fingerprint Analysis
  • Digital Evidence
  • Supervised Research Project

Specialization in Criminalistics

  • Trace Evidence
  • Advanced Forensic Toxicology
  • Forensic Serology and DNA
  • Advanced Forensic DNA Analysis

Specialization in Investigation

  • Advanced Criminalistics
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Law and Criminal Procedure
  • Major Case Investigation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

On Campus or Online

Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.

Tuition fees

Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees.

Qualification

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Explain basic human anatomy, components of death investigation and techniques used for analysis of diseases and trauma, identification of unknown dead bodies; and to professionally interact with the forensic pathologist and medico-legal death investigators.
  • Apply the technical procedures and methods of collection, preservation, chain of custody, analysis, comparison and report preparation of the biological, trace and toxicological evidentiary evidence.
  • Analyze the basic principles and the role of crime scene investigators in forensic and legal procedures.
  • Apply the basic principles of forensic photography, and explain the legal issues related to forensic photography and courtroom or trial presentation.
  • Apply profiling knowledge and crime scene analysis methods to crime scene variables.
  • Analyze the legal, ethical, and constitutional tensions between the interests of society, and the rights of individuals in connection with various criminal procedures and contexts.

Career opportunities

Entry Level Positions

  • Trace evidence
  • Forensics (DNA)
  • Forensic toxicology
  • Computer forensics
  • Latent fingerprint examinations
  • Police/probation officer
  • Juvenile and adult corrections
  • Jail or prison worker

Further Education/Experience Required

  • Criminologist
  • Investigator
  • Lab director
  • Lead investigator
  • Public defender/district attorney
  • FBI agent/counter intelligence agent
  • Security and protective services
  • Research specialist

Employers of Forensic Science Graduates

  • Public Courts
  • Police Departments
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Detective Work • Postal Authority
  • Private detention/prison facilities
  • Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Forensic Laboratories
  • National/Homeland Security
  • Local/state/federal governments

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National University

Since 1971, National University (NU) has been dedicated to meeting the needs of our students by providing accessible, affordable, and achievable higher education opportunities. Since its founding, the NU community has grown to 25,000 students (400 international students from over...


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