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CSI & Forensic Investigation Information Sessions

Learn about GW's MS in Crime Scene Investigation and Graduate Certificate in Forensic Investigation programs.

  • March 25, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Online)
  • April 15, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Online)
  • May 13, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Online)

Master of Science in Crime Scene Investigation

The Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) concentration is designed for investigators, detectives, lawyers, special agents, medicolegal death investigators, crime scene technicians, and students enroute to becoming forensic pathologists. Increased proficiency in crime scene investigation is essential to all forensic sciences. In the program, students become proficient in the techniques used to collect evidence so that all the forensic sciences benefit.

One of the most important new aspects of our MS with a concentration in Crime Scene Investigations is our increased online courses. Now it's possible for you to get our degree in a hybrid format with just half the "regular" time spent on campus.

Prerequisite: A bachelor's degree from an accredited university with at least one semester in chemistry and one semester of biology or permission of the department.

Required: The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. The program of study consists of 36 credit hours of approved course work. All candidates are required to pass a written Master's Comprehensive Examination.


Required Courses (24 credits)

FORS 6004  Fundamentals of Forensic Sciences I

FORS 6005  Fundamentals of Forensic SciencesII

FORS 6224  Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists

FORS 6251  Crime Scene Investigation I

FORS 6252  Crime Scene Investigation II

FORS 6207  Photography in the Forensic Sciences

FORS 6256  Forensic Pathology

FORS 6257  Medicolegal Death Investigation

FORS 6215  Science of Fingerprints

Elective Courses (12 credits with advisor approval)

FORS 6203  Examination of Questioned Documents

FORS 6204  Firearms and Toolmark Identification

FORS 6206  Trace Evidence Analysis

FORS 6254  Forensic Psychiatry

FORS 6255  Investigation of Child Abuse

FORS 6298  Forensic Sciences Practicum