Gain advanced evidence collection and testimony techniques with a criminal justice education.


Does a 
Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Forensic Sciences appeal to your interests or best fit your career aspirations?

Enjoy Flexibility – 12 courses with start dates every 2 weeks
Choose Where You Learn – 100% online courses
Earn an Affordable Degree – Tuition and fees only $12,720
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Forensic sciences experts play a valuable role in law enforcement efforts and may be utilized in a variety of settings including crime scenes, laboratories, and courtrooms. These types of careers may also entail collecting and analyzing physical evidence and other data as part of a criminal investigation.  The MSCJ specializing in Forensic Science is best suited to LEO’s assigned to lead crime labs or evidence collection teams.

In addition to providing you with a comprehensive criminal justice education that covers fundamental issues of criminal law, technology in law enforcement, and criminology, the Forensic Sciences study track offers specialized training in fingerprinting, drug enforcement, and other specific skills vital to a career in this growing field.

Admission Requirements

  • Application – A completed application.
  • Bachelor’s Degree Transcripts – Official transcript demonstrating a conferred bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent.
  • Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)

Courses:

    This course examines the background and foundations of American criminal law, including United States Constitutional requirements, Federal and State court organization and jurisdiction, criminal law basics, and rules of evidence and procedure. Students study, in-depth, various categories of crimes and offenses, including assault, homicide, sex offenses, theft, arson, forgery, narcotics, extortion, traffic offenses, crimes affecting the judicial process and organized crime.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course provides a clear and legally based exploration of the criminal procedure. It takes an in-depth look at conducting searches and what goes in to obtaining a search warrant, conducting plain view, open fields and consent searches and frisk searches. It covers all aspects of confessions, suspect identifications, and entrapment. This course concludes with pretrial matters and the trial and jury process.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course builds on the undergraduate course in this area. While the use of technology by police grows slowly due to Constitutional concerns, police must try to adapt emerging technologies into policing. The goal of this course is for future and current police leaders to understand the availability of technology and how to direct its use by subordinate officers.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course explores criminology and the factors that affect it including Supreme Court rulings, and governmental policies. This course examines the nature and causes of crime, and the effects of crime on issues of law, community, and law enforcement. Students will explore the nature, extent, and patterns of crime; victims and victimization; and theories of crime causation.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

     This course is designed to assist students in becoming more effective in professional as well as personal life through the development of human relations skills. Emphasizing different aspects of human relations, this course covers such topics as career advancement, developing good work habits, and managing stress and personal problems. This course is ideal for managerial, professional, and technical workers who want to improve workplace and personal relationships.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    The Expert Testimony and Ethics course is designed for law enforcement professionals who may find themselves appointed to lead a forensics laboratory or to train lab workers in evidentiary procedures. A Crime Lab Manager may not be one of the actual crime lab scientists, but must be able to lead and teach others how to process evidence and protect the evidentiary chain of custody as well as testify to the court. They may also serve in an internal quality assurance capacity to inspect processes in the agency’s crime laboratory. The course discusses the various forms of evidence and ethics surrounding the handling of materials vital to a court case. 

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course will provide students with an understanding of the American correctional system. It covers various topics including the history and law of corrections, punishment and rehabilitation of offenders, correctional practices ranging from probation to prison, and correctional trends. To begin, this course provides an overview of corrections, including the early history of correctional thought. Later, correctional law and the punishment of offenders will be examined, including the various types of correctional clients. Correctional practices including jails, probation, and intermediate sanctions and community corrections are explored. Corrections also covers incarceration, including the prison experience for men and women. This course reviews issues related to institutional management and programs; as well as once offenders are released from incarceration. This course explores supervision of offenders in the community, as well as corrections for juveniles. It also covers various trends including incarceration, race and ethnicity, and the death penalty. Finally, surveillance and control in the community are discussed, as well as community justice. The discussion will conclude with a look at the future of corrections.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course takes a comprehensive look at the field of forensic science, or criminalistics. Case studies and information about the most current technologies in forensic analysis are used to instruct students on the methods for properly identifying, collecting, and preserving crime scene evidence. Students study how to evaluate crime scene evidence by developing fingerprints, examining documentation, and identifying bullets. Students also explore the history and scope of forensic science and how it applies to laws that are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course covers the skills necessary for gathering evidence from a crime scene and reconstructing what occurred. The course begins with the basic principles that apply to gathering evidence. Students study the different types of evidence, including fingerprints, hair, fiber, glass, paint, soil, arson accelerant, biological fluid stains, firearms, impressions, drugs, alcohol, and document evidence. The course concludes with how to use evidence to reconstruct the crime.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    Because of the advances in fingerprint technology and research, it is imperative for law enforcement personnel to keep their knowledge on the subject up-to-date. This course explores the latest techniques and findings in the science of fingerprinting. Students study how a fingerprint is formed, the techniques necessary for detecting fingerprints on a wide variety of surfaces, how to identify the fingerprint and issues related to fingerprint evidence.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course explores classical drug enforcement methods and the methods criminals use to avoid detection. This information is important for both law enforcement and counselors who deal with substance abusers. Students study how to conduct investigations in hotels/motels, airports, storage units, trains, commercial busses, parcels, and rental vehicles.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    The capstone project allows students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their courses to the work environment. This project is completely individualized; students are encouraged to select work-related projects that are of particular interest to them and that will result in professional growth and benefit the organization.

    3 Credits