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Forensic Investigation

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Are you interested in crime scene investigations? Is it time to advance your career? Missouri Western offers two programs in Forensic Investigations so you can earn either a certificate or master’s degree while continuing to work full time.

Today, more than ever before, physical evidence plays a large role in criminal investigations. Missouri Western’s programs offer the classroom and hands-on experiences you’ll need to enhance your career opportunities in the field of forensic investigations. Courses are taught by eminent forensic scientists and other distinguished professionals, and students receive broad-based exposure to the discipline of forensic investigations, along with special courses to enhance their professional expertise. The courses are designed and staffed in conjunction with the Southern Institute of Forensic Science.

Courses are offered in a combination of formats: online, face-to-face, semester long and one-week intensive.

Southern Institute of Forensic Science
The Southern Institute of Forensic Science (SIFS) is a cooperative partner in the Forensic Investigation program. The Institute offers fully accredited undergraduate and post-graduate courses as well as specialized workshops and seminars. SIFS has longstanding academic relationships with several  universities and colleges, promoting accrediting courses for both undergraduate and graduate level classes. These courses meet the highest standards of the hosting academic institution.

Careers
These programs will be of interest to the technical staff of crime laboratories, medical examiners’ laboratories, law enforcement and faculty at various educational institutions. Career options include criminal investigation positions with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

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Forensic Investigation (Master of Applied Science, M.A.S.)

Core Requirements
LAW 500Death Investigation3
LAW 504Crime Scene Investigation3
LAW 560Administration, Planning, and Ethics3
LAW 600Criminal Law, Evidence and Legal Procedures3
LAW 610Coutroom Testimony and Procedure3
LAW 615Forensic Photography and Crime Scene Investigation3
LAW 640Computer Forensics3
LAW 695Forensic Capstone2
Restricted Electives
Choose 9 credit hours from the following courses, at least 3 credits must be 600 level9
Forensic Accounting
Auditing for Fraud
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis in Violent Crimes
Forensic Anthropology for Law Enforcement
Human Remains: Search, Recovery, and Identification
Forensic Entomology
Forensic Interviewing
Profiling and Behavioral Analysis
LAW 596-599
Special Topics
Analysis of Biological Evidence
Analysis of Physical Evidence
Advanced Research Methods
Graduate Internship
Research and Publication
LAW 696-699
Special Topics
Total Credit Hours32

Graduation Requirements

  1. Filing of an approved Application for Graduation.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required coursework as listed on the approved Program of Study.
  3. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.
  4. Completion of at least 32 credit hours of the program of study.
  5. 17 of the 32 total credit hours must be taken at the 600 level.

Forensic Investigation (Graduate Certificate)

Certificate Requirements
LAW 500Death Investigation3
or LAW 640 Computer Forensics
LAW 504Crime Scene Investigation3
LAW 600Criminal Law, Evidence and Legal Procedures3
LAW 615Forensic Photography and Crime Scene Investigation3
Restricted Electives
Select six credit hours from the following courses6
Forensic Accounting
Auditing for Fraud
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis in Violent Crimes
Forensic Anthropology for Law Enforcement
Human Remains: Search, Recovery, and Identification
Forensic Entomology
Forensic Interviewing
Profiling and Behavioral Analysis
Administration, Planning, and Ethics
LAW 596-599
Special Topics
Coutroom Testimony and Procedure
Analysis of Biological Evidence
Analysis of Physical Evidence
Internet Commerce Fraud and Investigation
Advanced Research Methods
Graduate Internship
Research and Publication
LAW 696-699
Special Topics
Total Credit Hours18

Graduation Requirements

  1. Filing of an approved Application for Graduation.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required coursework as listed on the approved Program of Study.
  3. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.
  4. At least half of the 18 credit hours must be 600-level.

The Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program may be found here.

Are you ready to declare a program of study? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the program director.