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.