Criminalistic Science

Major: Criminalistic Science
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 44.5
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 43.0111
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
19-4092; 33-3021

About the Program

The School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies offers the Master of Science in Criminalistic Science. The Master of Science in Criminalistic Science is designed to introduce students to the basic principles of Criminalistic Science while also providing opportunities to pursue either more traditional and/or more innovative concentrations of study.

Criminalistics is defined as the scientific study and analysis of crime scenes and the evidence within those scenes to solve a crime and apprehend the perpetrator of the crime. The disciplines within criminalistics are science based, with most using multiple combinations of the natural sciences to conduct examinations and analysis of evidence and crime scenes.

In addition to required courses in criminal law, trial process and the use of evidence, the Master of Science in Criminalistic Science program offers courses in fingerprint science, forensic engineering, motor vehicle crash reconstruction, firearms and tool mark analysis, fire and explosion analysis, footwear and tire track analysis, bloodstain pattern analysis, trace materials and forensic geology and botany, and nuclear, biological, chemical terrorism/mass disaster management.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university or its equivalent. Official general GRE scores are required for admission. Typical applicants would have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Selection is based upon academic qualifications, standardized test scores, references, an evaluation of the candidate’s goals and commitment, and a telephone interview.
Each applicant’s academic record will be evaluated based upon its individual merits. Since consideration for employment within the field of criminalistic science necessitates the absence of a criminal background, it is expected that all individuals applying to this program will have no history of criminal behavior, including prior illicit drug and/or prescription drug abuse.

For additional information on how to apply for this program, contact:

Ms. Safia Dias
215.762.4283
safia.dias@drexelmed.edu

Drexel University College of Medicine
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
Master of Criminalistic Science Program
Mail Stop 344, 245 North 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192

Degree Requirements

Required Courses:
FCA 505SPhysical Aspects of Forensic Science3.0
FCA 506SMedico-legal Death Investigation2.0
FCA 510SGross Human Skeletal Biology3.0
MFSP 550SBiological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences2.0
MFSP 556SForensic Anthropology and Topics in Human Identification3.0
MFSP 559SCriminal Law and the Court: Use of Evidence I3.5
MFSP 561STechniques of Crime Scene Investigation3.0
MFSP 575SIntroduction to Criminal Law and Trial Process3.0
MFSP 576SEthics for the Forensic Scientist2.0
MFSP 602SProfessional Courtroom Testimony & Moot Court3.0
Introduction to Scientific Writing *2.0
Elective Courses15.0
Criminal Law and the Court: Use of Evidence II
Arson and Explosive Analysis
Latent Fingerprint Analysis
Firearms and Tool Mark Analysis
Techniques of interview and interrogation
Vehicle Accident Reconstruction and Analysis
Footwear and Tire Track Analysis
Nuclear/Biological/Chemical Terrorism
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Forensic Photography
Homicide Investigation
Criminal Investigative Analysis I
Cyber Crime
Criminal Investigative Analysis II
Advanced Vehicle Accident Analysis
Forensic Serology
Total Credits44.5
*

Introduction to Scientific Writing will be offered as a Special Topics Course, IHS T580S, during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredits
FCA 505SPhysical Aspects of Forensic Science3.0
FCA 510SGross Human Skeletal Biology3.0
MFSP 575SIntroduction to Criminal Law and Trial Process3.0
Introduction to Scientific Writing2.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
FCA 506SMedico-legal Death Investigation2.0
MFSP 556SForensic Anthropology and Topics in Human Identification3.0
MFSP 559SCriminal Law and the Court: Use of Evidence I3.5
MFSP 602SProfessional Courtroom Testimony & Moot Court3.0
 Term Credits11.5
Second Year
Fall
MFSP 550SBiological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences2.0
MFSP 561STechniques of Crime Scene Investigation3.0
Electives6.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
MFSP 576SEthics for the Forensic Scientist2.0
Electives9.0
 Term Credits11.0
Total Credit: 44.5
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