Forensic Studies Program Outcomes

All students will be required to complete the core courses, which consist of five courses totaling 18 credits, including a 6 credit capstone. In addition, students will be required to complete six courses totaling 18 credits in their elected track.

Upon completion of Master of Science in Forensic Studies, all graduates will be able to

  • Explain the history, philosophy and administration of criminal justice.
  • Explain the legal procedures of the criminal justice system.
  • Interpret, analyze, and summarize the findings of an investigation.
  • Communicate the findings of an investigation in a courtroom setting.
  • Identify and explain the civil and criminal justice processes.
  • Identify and explain ethical implications of investigative techniques.
  • Make oral presentations.
  • Apply pertinent rules of evidence, create and conduct direct and cross examinations of witnesses.

Two convenient formats allow students to choose the program that best fits their needs. (Note: some courses are offered only online.)

Online Program

  • Classes and assignments completed online.
  • Courses offered in accelerated 8-week sessions.
  • All courses taught by faculty with experience in the classroom and in the field.
  • Includes a 6 credit, 15-week capstone course that culminates in a one-week resident trial held at the SU campus.

On-Site Program

  • Classes held in the evenings at the SU campus.
  • Courses offered in accelerated 8- week sessions.
  • Faculty bring real-world expertise to the classroom.
  • Includes a 6 credit, 15-week capstone course held in the evenings at the SU campus.

Admission to the program will be based upon the following:

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in a related discipline as appropriate to the track
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00
  • Personal interview
  • Writing sample