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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 6207  Photography in the Forensic Sciences
FORS 6213  Elements of Forensic Science 

FORS 6224  Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists
FORS 6251  Crime Scene Investigation I
FORS 6252  Crime Scene Investigation II
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