Forensic Investigation (Master of Applied Science, M.A.S.)

Professional Core
LAW 500Basic Forensic Pathology and Death Investigation3
LAW 505Research Methods in Criminal Justice3
LAW 520Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice3
LAW 600Criminal Law, Evidence and Legal Procedures3
Restricted Electives
Select twenty-four credit hours from the following: 124
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis in Violent Crimes
Forensic Anthropology for Law Enforcement
Human Remains: Search, Recovery, and Identification
Introduction to Computer Forensics
Forensic Entomology
Moot Court
Forensic Photography and Crime Scene Investigation
Analysis of Biological Evidence
Crime Reconstruction and Forensic Case Management
Analysis of Physical Evidence
Internet Commerce Fraud and Investigation
Advanced Research Methods
Graduate Internship
Research and Publication

Three credit hour special topics courses are also offered at the 500 and 600-level.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Filing of an approved Application for Graduation.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required coursework as listed on the approved Program of Study.
  3. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.
  4. Completion of at least 18 credit hours in 600-level coursework.
  5. Satisfactory completion of an oral examination.*
  6. Satisfactory completion of a written examination.*

*The Executive Director of the Southern Institute of Forensic Science and a committee appointed by Missouri Western State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies will determine successful completion of these exams.