Forensic Investigations (Graduate Certificate)

This is a draft edition of the 2024-2025 catalog. Information contained within is subject to change.

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.
  • Application reviewed and approved by the MAS Forensic Investigations Admissions Committee.

Students who are accepted to this program will have no more than 3 years from admission or subsequent declaration to meet the requirements listed below. If certification, accreditation or statutory requirements change and additional requirements become effective during this time, the new requirements take precedence.

Certificate Requirements
CRJ 500Death Investigation3
CRJ 570Criminal Investigative Methods3
CRJ 600Criminal Law, Evidence and Legal Procedures3
Restricted Electives
Select nine credit hours from the following courses (at least six credit hours must be 600 level)9
Forensic Accounting
Auditing for Fraud
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis in Violent Crimes
Forensic Anthropology for Law Enforcement
Human Remains: Search, Recovery, and Identification
Forensic Entomology
Profiling and Behavioral Analysis
Administration, Planning, and Ethics
CRJ 596-599: Special Topics
Courtroom Testimony and Procedure
Forensic Photography and Crime Scene Investigation
Analysis of Biological Evidence
Analysis of Physical Evidence
Internet Commerce Fraud and Investigation
Computer Forensics
Forensic Interviewing
Advanced Research Methods
Graduate Internship
Research and Publication
CRJ 696-699: Special Topics
Total Credit Hours18

Program Graduation Requirement

  1. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.

University Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfactorily complete all required coursework in the program;
  2. Earn a minimum of 15 credit hours.