Lead Faculty: Dr. Ismail M. Sebetan
The Master of Forensic Sciences (MFS) is a specialized professional degree designed for law enforcement, lab personnel, attorneys, investigators, and other professionals seeking to upgrade their existing skills, as well as individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the forensic sciences, law, law enforcement, private or governmental laboratories, jails and corrections, and the Medical Examiner s Office. The field of forensics focuses on the application of scientific methods to the resolution of legal problems.
The Master of Forensic Sciences degree program offers two areas of specialization. Students are required to take one specialization.
(12 courses; 54 quarter units)
For students in the BS in Criminal Justice Administration/MFS transition program, the University will waive the forensic sciences course(s) taken as part of the bachelor’s degree (see BS in Criminal Justice transition program), but these students must still meet the residency requirements for the MFS.
To receive an MFS, students must complete at least 54 quarter units of graduate coursework. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Students should refer to the section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.
Students must have an undergraduate degree in a laboratory science in order to enroll in the MFS with a specialization in criminalistics. The MFS with a specialization in investigation does not have a specific major requirement for the undergraduate degree.
(8 courses; 36 quarter units)
Core Requirements (8 courses; 36 quarter units)
This program is available online.