Forensic Studies Program Outcomes

All students will be required to complete the core courses, which consist of four courses totaling 15 credits, including a 6 credit capstone. In addition, students will be required to complete six courses totaling 18 credits in their elected track and one 3 credit elective.

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

  • Examine the history, philosophy and development of law enforcement and the judicial and correctional systems within the United States.
  • Research and analyze internet resources on topics related to the presentation of evidence at trial.
  • Analyze a topic in the field of forensic studies and compose a scholarly article on that topic.
  • Evaluate the Federal Rules of Evidence applicability to legal proceedings and their impact on the administration of justice.
  • Interpret, analyze and report on evidence.
  • Integrate professional ethical standards in all activities and work.
  • Develop and present evidence pertinent to a trial.

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, 10-week capstone course that culminates in a one-week residential 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.
  • All courses taught by faculty with experience n the classroom and in the field.
  • 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
  • Writing sample