Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies & Social Work

Master of Applied Science in Forensic Investigations


After completing the program, the student will receive Masters of Applied Science in Forensic Investigations. The focus of the program will provide broad-based exposure to the discipline of forensic investigations and provide some special courses to enhance the student’s professional expertise. The Masters of Applied Science Degree will require 36 credit hours. At least ½ of the credit hours must be at the 600 level. One of the goals of the program is to encourage research and publications in the field of forensic investigations and the student may receive credit for independent research projects. 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 the Program Director. In addition, research involving human subjects or animals must have prior approval from the appropriate institutional committee(s). The requirements for the Certificate and Masters are as follows:

The Masters of Applied Science Degree will be awarded after the successful completion of 36 graduate credit hours and require completion of the following core classes (18 hours) plus 18 hours of approved electives. A minimum of 18 of the 36 total credit hours must be taken at the 600 level.

Forensic 4Additional requirements:

  1. Completion of the specified number of graduate level hours with a grade of B or better in each course
  2. Successful completion of all required courses
  3. An oral examination*
  4. A written examination*
  5. All others specified within the guidelines of Missouri Western State University

*The Executive Director of the Southern Institute of Forensic Science and a committee appointed by Missouri Western’s Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies will determine successful completion of these exams.

Program of Study M.A.S.