MS in Crime Scene Investigation
The Master of Science in Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) is designed for students seeking careers as investigators, detectives, lawyers, special agents, medical examiners, crime scene technicians and forensic pathologists.
Graduates are proficient in crime scene investigation techniques including photography, fingerprinting, digital imaging and forensic pathology. They also learn how to investigate crimes from medical and legal perspectives.
Coursework includes core and elective classes in topics like bloodstain pattern analysis, forensic documentation, firearms and toolmark identification and child abuse investigation techniques. Students acquire skills required by agencies hiring CSIs for careers ranging from latent print examiners to medicolegal death investigators.
"I can't tell you how much the CSI program prepared me for my current position. On a daily basis, I process evidence for the presence of fingerprints, using all the techniques [I learned]. "
Students who complete the MS in Crime Scene Investigation gain working knowledge of crime scene analysis.
Specifically, students graduate with:
- Expertise to collect, protect and preserve crime scene evidence
- Practical skills and approaches necessary to synthesize data and draw evidence-based conclusions
- Experience using software tools such as Photoshop, SketchUp, Rhinoceros 3D and more
- Communication skills to work effectively within and across teams
In addition to the Columbian College’s graduate application requirements, applicants must:
- hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited university with at least one (1) semester in chemistry and one (1) semester of biology, or
- obtain departmental permission based on work, military or other experience.
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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.
|FORS 6005||Fundamentals of Forensic Science II|
|FORS 6207||Photography in the Forensic Sciences|
|FORS 6215||Science of Fingerprints|
|FORS 6219||Digital Image Processing|
|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|
|9 credits selected in consultation with the departmental advisor. Suggested electives include:|
|FORS 6010||Bloodstain Pattern Analysis I|
|FORS 6203||Examination of Questioned Documents|
|FORS 6204||Firearms and Toolmark Identification|
|FORS 6255||Investigation of Child Abuse|
|FORS 6290||Selected Topics (Crime Scene Investigation III)|
|Successful completion of a master’s comprehensive examination is required.|