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MS in Forensic Science, Investigation, & Technology

Advance your career at the forefront of forensic science and new technologies.

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Forensic Science, Investigation, & Technology Overview


The Master of Science, Forensic Science, Investigation, & Technology is dedicated to graduating forensic science practitioners who contribute to a just world.

Through lectures, case studies, simulations, and labs, students receive practical education and training in the principles and ethics of contemporary forensic science techniques, developing the competencies necessary to practice in judicial and administrative proceedings. Graduates of the program can seek employment as forensic lab professionals, crime analysts, and forensic investigators.

You can choose from one of three concentrations:

  • Criminalistics and Technology: Students of this concentration gain competency in the technical procedures and methods associated with the collection, preservation, and analysis of DNA, trace/physical, toxicology/pharmacological, and other identification evidence.
  • Crime Scene and Incident Investigation: This concentration trains students to engage in common forensic investigations, including those involving violent crime, transportation safety, arson, and identity analysis.
  • Criminal Investigative Intelligence & Analysis: Designed to prepare students to become crime analysts by learning numerous intelligence tools and techniques, such as geospatial analysis and crime mapping, digital and open-source intelligence, identity analysis, data analytics, and threat assessment.

 

 

Program Highlights


Comprehensive, Targeted Concentrations

Program concentrations support you to gain cutting edge competency through the use of the latest hands-on and software-based simulations and modern industry practices.

Real-world Knowledge with a Global Perspective

Faculty apply real-world knowledge and experience to help further your career as a forensic science professional. Students learn how to analyze the legal, ethical, and cultural considerations of conducting forensic investigations in different contexts and countries.

Designed for Working Professionals

The program is delivered online asynchronously with optional synchronous sessions. Students are required to participate in two on-site, weekend residencies and successfully complete a research thesis.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?

This degree can help those looking to make a career transition into this field or advance in their current role in the field of law enforcement, security, or criminal science. Graduates of the program can work as crime lab professionals, crime analysts, criminal and civil investigators, and forensic technologists. 

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What scholarship and financial aid options are available?

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.

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When does the master’s in forensic science, investigation, & technology degree program start?

This is trimester program and is open for enrollment during those enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our trimester academic calendar here.

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How long does it take to complete our MS in Forensic Science, Investigation, & Technology program?

This is a 33-unit program and typically takes less than a year and a half to complete.

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Who teaches the classes?

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

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What is the modality of this program?

The program is offered online with two weekend residencies, offering flexibility without sacrificing quality. 

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Why Alliant

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.

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Why CSFS

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.

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