A Graduate Certificate in Forensic Investigative Sciences is earned after completing
four courses of focused study in Forensic Sciences. 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
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 Investigative Sciences Courses (12 credit hours):
FRNS 5013 Survey of Forensic Sciences
FRNS 5613 Criminalistics and Evidence Analysis
FRNS XXXX (elective)
FRNS XXXX (elective)
Admissions Requirements and Deadlines
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.
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
2021-2022 Estimated Cost
Cost per credit hour
Total cost per 3 credit hour course
Health Fee per term
*All domestic non-resident Forensic Sciences students have been approved to receive
a non-resident tuition waiver, bringing non-resident students' tuition rate from $879.75/credit
hour to the resident rate of $233.80/credit hour (reflects 2021-22 tuition rate). Fees are about $85 per credit hour.