Forensic Investigations (Graduate Certificate)

Dr. Monty Smith, Program Director
(816) 271-4434

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.

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.
  • Completion of a 300 or 400 level undergraduate research course with a grade of C or higher as approved by the Program Director.
  • 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.
Certificate Requirements
CRJ 500Death Investigation3
CRJ 570Criminal Investigative Methods3
CRJ 600Criminal Law, Evidence and Legal Procedures3
CRJ 640Computer Forensics3
Restricted Electives
Select six credit hours from the following courses:6
Forensic Accounting
Auditing for Fraud
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis in Violent Crimes
Forensic Anthropology for Law Enforcement
Human Remains: Search, Recovery, and Identification
Forensic Entomology
Forensic Interviewing
Profiling and Behavioral Analysis
Administration, Planning, and Ethics
Courtroom Testimony and Procedure
Forensic Photography and Crime Scene Investigation
Analysis of Biological Evidence
Analysis of Physical Evidence
Internet Commerce Fraud and Investigation
Advanced Research Methods
Graduate Internship
Research and Publication
CRJ 696-699: Special Topics
Total Credit Hours18

Program 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. At least half of the 18 credit hours must be 600-level.