Program Overview

The Master of Science in Forensic Leadership and Administration offered by the California School of Forensic Studies (CSFS) at Alliant International University combines the specialized skills of the forensic sciences with the practical skills associated with management and leadership to promote the safety and welfare of citizens and communities across the nation and around the world.

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Program Highlights

Portfolio Production

Students will create a professional e-portfolio of work that will help them advance and enhance their careers from the moment they graduate.

Quality Concentrations

The program also offers several concentrations, such as: Cybercrime and Cyberpsychology, Homeland Security and Terrorism, Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies, and Executive Coaching, so that students can translate your education into impact across a variety of specialties.

Online Education

The program is offered online with two weekend residencies and incorporates technology to support a rich learning environment from outside of the classroom.

Program Information

Forensic Leadership is Built on Passion and Compassion

This is a program for people who want to engage in service and make a difference in the world, for people who want to be involved in contributing to the prevention or investigation of violence and conflict, and for people who want to learn the specialized skills needed to manage and lead others in complex forensic environments. This is a field in which issues such as compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, conflict, violence, high-level stress, and complex decision-making are a regular and daily part of the working routine, and require those working in it to be well-trained, well-prepared, and—above all—compassionate and knowledgeable. Our program provides each graduate with the skills and tools needed to succeed in the complex forensic fields.

Frequently Asked Questions

The career outlook for graduates of the Master’s in Forensic Leadership degree program is varied, and largely depends on exactly what specialty of the forensic or law enforcement community each graduate wishes to enter. For those looking at a positing managing forensic technicians the outlooks is fine, with about 2,500 of such positions expected to be added to the national workforce between now and 2026. For those looking for a more direct role in law enforcement, it’s even better, with over 50,000 jobs estimated to be added in the same timeframe. Finally, those looking into a more research-based career, such as anthropology, can expect slight growth in what is already a highly specialized field.

Graduates of the Master’s in Forensic Leadership degree program, in addition to the careers mentioned above, can also find themselves working in: computer systems analysis, criminal profiling, forensic psychology, emergency management, law, security, and corrections, among many other specialized careers that this degree will apply well in.

Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships to many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities at:

Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more about your financial aid options here.

Interested applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education or its international equivalent (BA or BS accepted).

Applicants must have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate coursework. Those with a GPA below a 3.0 may still apply; a GPA exemption form must be submitted.


Applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities previously attended.


Applicants must provide two letters of professional recommendation speaking to their experience, skills, and proven accomplishments.

Personal Statement and Resume

Applicants must provide a current resume plus an essay.

Application and Fee

Applicants must complete our admissions application and pay the $65 application fee.

Once a complete application packet is received, it will be reviewed by program faculty and staff. Eligible applicants will be selected for interviews and then a final admission decision will be made.

The Master’s in Forensic Leadership degree program is offered as an 8-week term program and is open for enrollment during those enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our 2018-2019 8-week term academic calendar here.

The Master’s in Forensic Leadership degree program is a 36-credit program and takes a minimum of 1 year to complete, across 7 terms.

CSFS faculty members include criminologists, forensic psychologists, law enforcement officers, security professionals, and legal professionals who are engaged in professional practice.

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Program Campus Locations

The Master of Science in Forensic Leadership and Administration program is only offered online. Explore our online programs below.

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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

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The California School of Forensic Studies is dedicated to graduating rigorously educated and trained professionals who impact society, public opinion, and policy by applying science in the service of preventing, investigating, and mitigating conflict and violence.

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