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Dusting for fingerprints

Justice and crime solving with science.

This graduate degree will prepare students for a rewarding career in federal, state and local laboratories, investigative or intelligence agencies, private companies, or allow professionals currently working in the field an opportunity to improve their education and optimize career advancement.

Forensic reporting, crime scene

Program Highlights

  • Located in Northern Virginia within the Washington DC Metro area, our students are afforded the opportunity to study in close proximity to a plethora of federal, state and local crime laboratories, investigative and intelligence agencies.
  • These facilities provide unique access to forensic science experts and offer students competitive internships and job opportunities.

Course Catalog

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Concentrations

The Forensic Science Program offers four concentrations to best suit the student’s future career goals — Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Biology Analysis, Forensic Chemistry Analysis, and Forensic/Biometric Identity Analysis.

Crime Scene Investigation

This concentration educates students for a career as a crime scene investigator.

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Forensic Biology Analysis

This concentration educates students for a career as a forensic biology laboratory analyst.

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Forensic Chemistry Analysis

This concentration educates students for a career as a forensic chemistry laboratory analyst.

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Forensic/Biometric Identity Analysis

This concentration educates students for a career as an identity intelligence analyst.

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Educational Objectives

  • Demonstrate competency in the collection, processing, analysis, and evaluation of evidence.
  • Apply the use of creativity in problem solving.
  • Use primary scientific literature effectively in their own research.
  • Demonstrate competency in written forms of scientific communication.
  • Demonstrate practical experience in public speaking and presentation of their ideas and research.
  • Culminate in a capstone course experience that requires synthesis of diverse skills and abilities in the solution of a real problem.
  • Formulate scientific explanations based on historical observations and experimental evidence, accounting for variability in experimental results.