Eighteen hours is required for the Certificate Program and
36 hours for the Masters Degree. The student in the Masters Program can receive credit for independent research projects and is encouraged to take this option. One of the goals of the program is to encourage research and publications in the field. A committee will monitor or a qualified faculty member will direct the Independent Research Projects (1 - 6 hours). The project must meet the approval of faculty in the program.
The Certificate or Masters Degree will be awarded after a student has satisfied the requirements of Missouri Western State University.
Course Format: One Week Intensive Courses:
The one-week intensive course format will allow students to keep their present positions and obtain advanced education or an advanced degree. This would in turn provide opportunities for promotion and a salary increase.
The program will be of interest to the technical staff of crime laboratories, medical examiners laboratories, law enforcement and faculty at various educational institutions.
Tuition for courses that are run in cooperation with the Southern Institute of Forensic Science are presently $795 for a 3 credit hour course. Other Forensic Investigation Graduate courses are subject to the same tuition and fees as all Missouri Western graduate classes. For more information on regular course fees please go to
All tuition and fees are subject to change.
The current plan is to provide the first course in January or February of 2011. A course will be provided in each quarter. Some courses will be scheduled more often to meet student demand.