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Forensic Sciences, M.F.S.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 28 days
    Duration
, CA, | Online
Whether you are seeking a career specifically in the forensic sciences or hoping to advance your skills in law enforcement, lab work, law, investigation, or another profession, you’ll learn valuable and applicable skills in this leading-edge field with a Master of Forensic Sciences at the National University.

About

Forensic Sciences Program at the National University Learning Outcomes

  • Explain basic human anatomy, component of death investigation and techniques used for analysis of diseases and trauma, identification of unknown dead bodies; and to professionally interact with the forensic pathologist and medico-legal death investigators.
  • Apply the technical procedures and methods of collection, preservation, chain of custody, analysis, comparison and report preparation of the biological, trace and toxicological evidentiary evidence.
  • Analyze the basic principles and the role of crime scene investigators in forensic and legal procedures.
  • Apply the basic principles of forensic photography, and explain the legal issues related to forensic photography and courtroom or trial presentation.
  • Evaluate the legal and psychological issues involved in competency to stand trial, diminished capacity, and insanity defenses.
  • Apply profiling knowledge and crime scene analysis methods to crime scene variables.
  • Utilize theories, techniques an practices to all criminal and civil investigation.
  • Use investigative techniques in the processing and interpretation of evidence of computer and multimedia forensics.
  • Analyze the legal, ethical, and constitutional tensions between the interests of society, and the rights of individuals in connection with various criminal procedures and contexts.
  • Integrate scientific research methodology to explore issues in forensic science.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The master’s in forensic science program provides two areas of specialization. The specialization in Criminalistics includes courses in trace evidence, advanced forensic toxicology, advanced forensic serology and DNA, forensic anthropology and archeology, and more. 
  • The specialization in Investigation focuses on advanced forensic investigative techniques for the field, giving you a comprehensive understanding of the concepts underlying the forensic sciences.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 28 days
  • Credits
    45 quarter units alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

• Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university where an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better was achieved.• Students with a grade point average of 2.0 to 2.49 may be admitted to the University if they have a satisfactory score on one of the following tests: GMAT, GRE, Miller Analogies Test, or an approved, standardized program-specific exam.• Students with an undergraduate grade point average of 2.0 to 2.49 may be accepted to National University on a probationary status. • Complete an application for admission and enrollment agreement.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    430 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 430 USD per module and a duration of 28 days.
  • National

    430 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 430 USD per module and a duration of 28 days.
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Cost per Quarter Unit - $430

Living costs for San Diego

  • 1400 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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