Criminalistic Science

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.

Admission Requirements

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

Degree Requirements

Year One: Fall Semester
FCA 505SPhysical Aspects of Forensic Science3.0
FCA 507SGross Human Skeleton I1.0
IHS 999SSpecial Topics (Introduction to Scientific Writing)2.0
MFSP 553SHuman Structure Lab1.0
MFSP 550SBiological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences2.0
MFSP 552SStructure of the Human Body3.0
MFSP 561STechniques of Crime Scene Investigation3.0
MFSP 575SIntroduction to Criminal Law and Trial Process3.0
Year I: Spring Semester
FCA 506SMedico-legal Death Investigation2.0
FCA 508SGross Human Skeleton II3.0
MFSP 556SForensic Anthropology and Topics in Human Identification3.0
MFSP 559SCriminal Law and the Court: Use of Evidence I3.5
MFSP 560SCriminal Law and the Court: Use of Evidence II3.5
MFSP 576SEthics for the Forensic Scientist3.0
Year 2: Fall Semester
Ten credits chosen from the following electives:10.0
Cyber Crime
Latent Fingerprint Analysis
Forensic Photography
Homicide Investigation
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
Nuclear/Biological/Chemical Terrorism
Criminal Investigative Analysis I
Total Credits58.0

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