Certificate in Forensic Linguistics

Designed for professionals interested in gaining a foundational understanding of the application of the science of language to criminal and civil investigations and judicial proceedings.


Certificate Overview


Our Advanced Practice Certificate in Forensic Linguistics is designed for professionals interested in gaining a foundational understanding of the application of science to language in the context of criminal and civil law.

This certificate is offered entirely online, and credits from the certificate’s coursework can be applied to several master’s degrees offered by CSFS.

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Certificate Highlights


Pathway to Master’s

The credits from this certificate coursework can be applied toward earning your Master of Science Degree in Forensic Behavioral Science or Forensic Leadership Administration.


Entirely Online

Our Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies is offered fully online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually, allowing flexibility with your schedule.


From Discourse Analysis to Linguistic Profiling 

You will gain skills in language and discourse analysis, forensic phonetics, linguistic dialectology, linguistic pattern analysis, plagiarism detection, and author profiling.


Curriculum Plan

Course One: The Fundamentals of Forensic Linguistics

This course covers basic concepts in forensic linguistics, including a brief history of the field and the contexts in which it has been applied, such as author identification, discourse analysis, forensic phonetics, linguistic dialectology, and plagiarism detection. Case examples that include death threats and suicide letters, valid and false confessions, authorship investigations, and perjury will be surveyed to illustrate the use of forensic linguistics in criminal and civil court proceedings, investigations, and intelligence. Considerations related to forensic linguistics and the judicial process, such as admissibility under Frye and Daubert standards and the contexts in which forensic linguists have served as consultants to the justice system to support comprehensibility of a range of legal issues by laypersons both in the United States and internationally, will also be examined.

Course Two: Discourse as Evidence

This course provides an overview of the methodological approaches to language analysis, with a particular examination of the language of police interrogations, emergency calls, victim-witness and witness statements, confessions, and criminal threats.

Course Three: Evaluating Authorship

This course will teach students how to use metadata to evaluate linguistic patterns and variations that support accurate author profiling.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?

    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 for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.

  • What is the modality of this program?

    The Certificate in Forensic Linguistics program is offered fully online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually, allowing you flexibility with your schedule.


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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.



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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