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

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

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.

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.
Core Requirements
CRJ 500Death Investigation3
CRJ 560Administration, Planning, and Ethics3
CRJ 570Criminal Investigative Methods3
CRJ 600Criminal Law, Evidence and Legal Procedures3
CRJ 610Courtroom Testimony and Procedure3
CRJ 640Computer Forensics3
CRJ 695Forensic Capstone2
Restricted Electives
Select twelve credit hours from the following courses (at least six credit hours must be 600 level)12
Forensic Accounting
Auditing for Fraud
Crime Scene Investigation
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
CRJ 596-599: Special Topics
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 Hours32

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 32 credit hours of the program of study.
  5. 17 of the 32 total credit hours must be taken at the 600 level.