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Gannon University

12 months
730 USD/credit 26280 USD/year
730 USD/credit 26280 USD/year
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The Master of Science degree in Criminalistics (MSC) from Gannon University is a broad master’s program that will provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to apply analytical and scientific methods to criminal investigation. 


The curriculum offers exposure to crime scene investigation and evidence techniques, as well as legal issues, expert testimony, trace evidence, physical evidence, crime mapping and current topics within the field of crime scene investigation.  It is our goal to take students from the crime scene, to the forensic laboratory and finally to providing expert testimony in a court of law.

The Criminalistics  program from Gannon University provides advanced, discipline-specific knowledge for those wishing to enter or advance in the field of Criminal Justice, with emphasis placed on the analytical and scientific methods associated with criminal investigations.   

Graduate students will typically take two courses per semester, each of which is 7 weeks, allowing students to focus on a single course at a time.  This immersion into a topic, in addition to the dispersion of courses, allows you not only to fully grasp the information, but also to continue to actively participate in the workforce.  


  • Develop an understanding of the scientific principles of crime scene investigation and reconstruction, including evidence collection and preservation.
  • Demonstrate the capabilities, use, potential and limitations of forensic laboratory theory and techniques in respect to the analysis of evidence.
  • Utilize ethical principles and an understanding of legal precedents to make decisions related to investigative techniques, analysis of evidence, and courtroom testimony.
  •  Demonstrate problem-solving skills and synthesize forensic, evidential, and investigatory information from multiple sources to generate theories about a crime.
  •  Demonstrate the ability to conduct interviews and interrogations, develop and execute investigative plans, follow up investigative leads, document their findings, and testify to the interpretation of evidentiary findings in a courtroom setting.
  •  Demonstrate integration of knowledge and skills through an applied capstone experience.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Crime Scene Techniques
  • Criminalistics
  • Crime Mapping and Analysis
  • Criminal Law of Evidence
  • Physical and Pattern Evidence
  • Courtroom Procedures
  • Digital Evidence

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  • Part-time
    • 12 months

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36 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit online graduate application
  • Official academic transcripts from all prior institutions
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Writing Sample

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26280 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 730 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    26280 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 730 USD per credit during 12 months.


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