Forensic Investigation

Dr. Monty Smith, Program Director
msmith84@missouriwestern.edu
(816) 271-4434
www.missouriwestern.edu/cj-ls-swk/forensic-investigation

The Master of Applied Science Forensic Investigations degree is designed to expose the student to broad based forensic investigations, to provide advanced training in crime scene investigation, evidence evaluation, collection and documentation, case management, data analysis, critical thinking, and professional writing.  Students are challenged in an academic setting as well as practical application of skills required to process crime scenes, collect evidence, and analyze various types of evidence to understand the sequence of events at a crime scene.

The Master of Applied Science Forensic Investigations program will prepare the student for careers as crime scene investigators, crime laboratory personnel, police detectives, evidence technicians, and other fields related to forensic investigations.  The Master of Applied Science Forensic Investigations program will also benefit those currently employed in law enforcement or forensic fields by improving their knowledge and skills necessary to perform their duties and prepare them for professional advancement.

The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Investigations is ideal for the student who has already earned a graduate degree in another discipline and seeks to increase or formalize their knowledge of forensic fields. The Certificate will also be of interest to persons already employed in a related field, but not requiring a degree.

The Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Forensic Investigations Certificate may be found online at www.missouriwestern.edu/finaid/gainful-employment-disclosures.

Admission Requirements

  • Submission of application for admission to the MWSU Graduate School.
  • Completion of a B.A. or B.S. degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum overall G.P.A. of 2.75.
  • Personal Statement describing how the Forensic Investigations degree will further their career goals.
  • Two letters of reference; one from an academic source and another from an employer. References and Personal Statement should be submitted to the Forensic Investigation Program Director.
  • Application reviewed and approved by the MAS Forensic Investigations Admissions Committee.