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Get certified in Forensic Arson, Explosives, Firearms and Toolmarks Investigation

The Graduate Certificate in Arson, Explosives, Firearms and Toolmarks Investigation (AEFTI) provides graduate-level education for law enforcement and military investigators in support of their professional mission. This degree credential can serve both as a stepping-stone into more advanced study, leading to a master’s or doctoral degree, or as a standalone educational achievement to strengthen their professional advancement opportunities.


This certificate can be completed fully online, and the 12 credit hours can carry over and apply to our MS in Forensic Sciences degree, if students choose to continue into that program. Courses are taught by experts in the field and students will gain knowledge that they can immediately apply in the professional setting.



Graduate Certificate in Forensic Arson, Explosives, Firearms and Toolmarks Investigation Courses (12 credit hours):

Required Courses (6 credit hours):

  • FRNS 5013 Survey of Forensic Sciences
  • FRNS 5613 Criminalistics and Evidence Analysis
  • FRNS 5063 Ethical Research and Scientific Writing
  • FRNS 5073 Quality Assurance in Forensic Science
  • FRNS 5653 The Law and Expert Evidence
  • FRNS 5963 Forensic Statistics

Elective (6 credit hours - selected from the following):

  • FRNS 5103 The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics
  • FRNS 5113 Essential Science for Explosive Operators
  • FRNS 5123 Fire Dynamics in Forensic Investigations
  • FRNS 5133 Ordnance Identification and Recognition
  • FRNS 5143 Methods in Fire and Explosion Investigation NFPA 921/1033
  • FRNS 5153 Explosives Research, Testing and Evaluation Methods
  • FRNS 5183 Computer Fire Modeling
  • FRNS 5423 Blast Injuries and Effects
  • FRNS 5443 Interdisciplinary Post Blast Investigation
  • FRNS 5663 Destructive Devices/Explosives: Law and Regulations
  • FRNS 5673 Intelligence for Forensic Investigators
  • FRNS 5683 Digital and Multimedia Evidence for Investigators
  • FRNS 5803 Circuit Exploitation of Destructive Devices
  • FRNS 5813 Building Construction and Fire/Explosion Forensic Examination
  • FRNS 5823 Forensic Examination of Fire Protection Systems
  • FRNS 5833 Identification of Destructive Device Fuzing Systems
  • FRNS 5853 Electrical Theory and Failure Analysis in Forensic Fire Investigations
  • FRNS 5873 Firearms and Toolmarks
  • FRNS 5990 Special Topics in Forensic Sciences
  • FRNS 6113 Advanced Energetic Materials Chemistry and Engineering
  • FRNS 6123 Advanced Fire Dynamics
  • FRNS 6173 Advanced Interdisciplinary Post Blast Investigation
  • FRNS 6183 Advanced Computer Fire Modeling
  • FRNS 6423 Advanced Blast Injuries and Effects
  • FRNS 6843 Advanced Destructive Device Circuit Exploitation
  • FRNS 6853 Advanced Electrical Theory and Failure Analysis in Forensic Fire Investigations
  • FRNS 6903 Advanced Forensic Examination of Firearms
  • FRNS 6923 RCIED – Advanced Analysis and Mitigation


Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

  • Before applying students must first clear the employment verification process.
  • Completed online application for: Fall priority deadline - February 1st, Spring priority deadline - October 1st (applications received after the priority date are reviewed on a rolling basis and admissions granted if space is permitted)
  • Completed bachelor’s degree official transcript
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation preferably from professors and/or supervisors familiar with your academic ability, work ethic, and skills. (Applicants only need to provide their recommenders’ email addresses. Recommenders will then be emailed a link from which to upload their letter.)
  • Statement of purpose describing your personal career goals and how the master’s degree will support those goals, a brief description of experience or qualifications in support of the application and the specific track you want to pursue.
  • Resume/CV
  • Skills, equipment and access for online course participation includes the capacity for independent learning, proficiency in Windows, Internet, e-mail and basic applications; multimedia computer and high-speed Internet access are necessary.
  • Applicants graduating from schools outside the U.S. are required to submit transcripts that have been evaluated to U.S. standards
  • International applicants: coursework in the School of Forensic Sciences is online. That said, you will be able to remain in your home country.
  • $50.00 application fee


Cost and Assistance

Oklahoma State University offers an affordable single rate for graduate students in online degree and certificate programs.

Cost details for in-state, online graduate students
Cost details for out-of-state online graduate students


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