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The master of science in forensic leadership and administration offered by the California School of Forensic Studies (CSFS) at Alliant 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.
Looking to work in law enforcement or at a cybersecurity company? In this program you’ll create a professional e-portfolio of work that can help you advance and grow in forensic leadership.
The program offers concentrations in criminal behavior, forensic linguistics, forensic victimology, professional security and protection, and trial consulting so you’re familiar with various specialties.
The master’s in forensic leadership and administration is offered online with two weekend residencies, and uses simulations and case studies to support the application of theory to practice.
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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 nation’s security, 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, crisis management, 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. The program provides you with the skills and tools needed to succeed in the complex forensic fields.
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What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant 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.
When does the program start?
This is an eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during those enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our eight-week term academic calendar here.
How long does it take to complete the program?
This is a 36-credit program and takes a minimum of one year to complete, across seven terms.
Who teaches the courses?
CSFS faculty members include criminologists, forensic psychologists, law enforcement officers, security professionals, and legal professionals who are engaged in professional practice.
What is the modality of the program?
The program is offered online with two weekend residencies, offering flexibility without sacrificing quality.
The Department of Justice has noted the urgent need for executives and managers with the requisite leadership skills to meet the increasing, and increasingly complex, demands placed upon agencies dedicated to safety and security. The California School of Forensic Studies master of science in forensic leadership and administration meets this need by providing foundational leadership training nuanced for the specific complexities of the forensic environment.
At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and to promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve lives. We offer an education that is accredited, focused on practical knowledge and skills, connected with diverse faculty and alumni, and aimed at the student experience.
CSFS is dedicated to graduating rigorously educated and trained professionals who impact society, public opinion, and policy by applying science in preventing, investigating, and mitigating conflict and violence. CSFS is a corporate partner of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), and many of our advanced practice certificates are eligible for continuing education credit.