Major: Criminalistic Science
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 49.0
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.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university or its equivalent. Official general GRE and/or MCAT scores are required for admission. Typical applicants would have a minimum 2.5 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. Thelicia Hill
Drexel University College of Medicine
Office of Professional Studies in the Health Sciences
Master of Criminalistic Science Program
Mail Stop 344, 245 North 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192
|Year One: Fall Semester|
|FCA 505S||Physical Aspects of Forensic Science||3.0|
|FCA 507S||Gross Human Skeleton I||1.0|
|IHS 999S||Special Topics (Introduction to Scientific Writing)||2.0|
|MFSP 553S||Human Structure Lab||1.0|
|MFSP 550S||Biological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences||2.0|
|MFSP 552S||Structure of the Human Body||3.0|
|MFSP 561S||Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation||3.0|
|MFSP 575S||Introduction to Criminal Law and Trial Process||3.0|
|Year I: Spring Semester|
|FCA 506S||Medico-legal Death Investigation||2.0|
|FCA 508S||Gross Human Skeleton II||3.0|
|MFSP 556S||Forensic Anthropology and Topics in Human Identification||3.0|
|MFSP 559S||Criminal Law and the Court: Use of Evidence I||3.5|
|MFSP 560S||Criminal Law and the Court: Use of Evidence II||3.5|
|MFSP 576S||Ethics for the Forensic Scientist||3.0|
|Year 2: Fall Semester|
|Ten credits chosen from the following electives:||10.0|
|Latent Fingerprint Analysis|
|Bloodstain Pattern Analysis|
|Vehicle Accident Reconstruction and Analysis|
|Year 2: Spring Semester|
|Twelve credits chosen from the following electives:||12.0|
|Arson and Explosive Analysis|
|Firearms and Tool Mark Analysis|
|Techniques of interview and interrogation|
|Footwear and Tire Track Analysis|
|Criminal Investigative Analysis I|