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Media Forensics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #392 (QS) , CO,
The National Center for Media Forensics offers a Master of Science in Recording Arts emphasis in Media Forensics (MSRA-MF) degree program at University of Colorado Denver. 


This Media Forensics (MSRA-MF) degree program at University of Colorado Denver prepares students from various backgrounds for work in the field of forensic audio, video, and image analysis utilizing the state-of-the-art methods and technology necessary to fight crime in the digital age.

MSRA-MF classes are presented in a hybrid format combining mostly online learning with a small portion of concentrated in-person classes in a two-year cohort curriculum. With a maximum of 6 credit hours per semester and 5 weeks total spent in residency over two years, this format allows for students to work full-time while pursuing the degree. Classes are comprised of online self-guided lectures, interactive learning, discussion boards, reading responses, and scheduled video conferencing. Onsite coursework provides students hands-on and practical experiences which augment and enrich the curriculum. Additionally, experiential learning activities include visits to regional crime labs and scientific conferences to understand the application of forensic media technology and laboratory procedures. This course of study allows students to complete the MSRA-MF degree in a minimum of two and a half years.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Forensic Science & Litigation
  • Research Practices in Media Forensics
  • Foundations in Media Forensics
  • MATLAB Foundations
  • Experiential Lab
  • Computer Forensics
  • Mobile Phone Forensics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    33 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

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General Requirements

  • A $50.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Students are required to submit a resume as it relates to the field of study. The resume must include educational background, work experience, and relevant skills. Students are also welcome to include any published works, scholarly/creative work, exhibitions, awards, or other relevant achievements.
  • One official transcripts from each college or university you have attended (including foreign institutions)
  • At least three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1255 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1255 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1255 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1255 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 460 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Denver

  • 1310 - 2220 USD/month
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