What will I learn?

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. The program is grounded in the study of basic human anatomy, components of death investigation, analysis of disease and trauma, and identification of unknown dead persons. You’ll learn how to professionally interact with forensic pathologists and investigators, and how to apply scientific methods to the resolution of legal problems.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Explain basic human anatomy, components 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.

Apply profiling knowledge and crime scene analysis methods to crime scene variables.

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.

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (54 quarter units)

Tuition fees
US$15,912.00 per year
USD $442 per quarter unit for Course level 500, 600 and 700

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2020

Venue

College of Letters and Sciences

11255 North Torrey Pines Road,

LA JOLLA,

California,

92037, United States

Online/Distance (54 quarter units)

Tuition fees
US$15,912.00 per year
USD $442 per quarter unit for Course level 500, 600 and 700

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Every month

Entry requirements

For international students

Four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA or 2.5, or completion of National University’s Foreign Credential Bridge Program.

TOEFL score - 79 (IBT); IELTS score - 6, with no band lower than a 5; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA) – 58; International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) – 5; Certificate of Proficiency in English with a C grade or higher; Certificate of Advanced English with a C grade or higher.

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About this uni

Degrees are WSCUC accredited, and graduates join a global network of over 150,000 talented alumni who are making a positive impact on the world.

  • Campuses in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Jose
  • Average student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1
  • Concentrated learning model, one-course-per-month
  • International and domestic students pay the same tuition rate