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Master of Forensic Science in Friction Ridge Analysis

The Friction Ridge Analysis MFS degree prepares experienced and aspiring forensic scientists, as well as law enforcement officials, for careers as expert latent print examiners. It is the first graduate degree in fingerprinting offered in the nation.

The program offers practical latent print development skills, latent print comparison training and an understanding of the underlying science of friction ridge analysis. Students learn the principles underlying the science of fingerprints, including a general overview of the history, biology, latent print development methods, recording, classification, and methodology of comparison of fingerprints and palm prints to include latent prints. They also learn the chemistry behind processing fingerprints and the skills to apply it. Students will be required to demonstrate their ability to develop latent prints on items of evidence and compare them using the ACE-V process. Legal issues and the standards setting process will be explored.

Program Curriculum

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

37 credits, including 34 credits in required courses and a one 3-credit elective course. Other requirements are successful completion of an independent research project and successful completion of a master's comprehensive examination.

FORS 6004Fundamentals of Forensic Science I
FORS 6005Fundamentals of Forensic Science II
FORS 6020Ethics, Professional Responsibility, and Quality Assurance
FORS 6207Photography in the Forensic Sciences
FORS 6215Science of Fingerprints
FORS 6216Development of Latent Prints
FORS 6217Fingerprint Comparisons
FORS 6219Digital Image Processing
FORS 6224Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists
FORS 6225Statistics for Forensic Scientists
FORS 6251Crime Scene Investigation I
FORS 6292Graduate Seminar (taken twice) *
One of the following:
FORS 6252Crime Scene Investigation II
FORS 6256Forensic Pathology
An alternate course may be selected with approval of the departmental advisor.
Other requirements
Successful completion of an independent research project is required.
Successful completion of a master’s comprehensive examination is required.
Note: Students must register for FORS 6292 in their first semester and again during or after completion of the required independent research project.

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