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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.

Program Curriculum

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

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

36 credits, including 27 credits in required courses and 9 credits in elective courses, and successful completion of a master's comprehensive examination.

Required
FORS 6005Fundamentals of Forensic Science II
FORS 6207Photography in the Forensic Sciences
FORS 6215Science of Fingerprints
FORS 6219Digital Image Processing
FORS 6224Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists
FORS 6251Crime Scene Investigation I
FORS 6252Crime Scene Investigation II
FORS 6256Forensic Pathology
FORS 6257Medicolegal Death Investigation
Electives
9 credits selected in consultation with the departmental advisor. Suggested electives include:
FORS 6010Bloodstain Pattern Analysis I
FORS 6203Examination of Questioned Documents
FORS 6204Firearms and Toolmark Identification
FORS 6255Investigation of Child Abuse
FORS 6290Selected Topics (Crime Scene Investigation III)
Other requirements
Successful completion of a master’s comprehensive examination is required.