Investigative Sciences

Degree Type

Graduate Certificate


Learn how to put the pieces together to solve any investigative puzzle.


Advance Your Investigative Career

Our Investigative Sciences certificate uses an innovative curriculum to teach the specialized skills needed to advance forensic and investigative careers to the next level. Graduate-level courseworks positions new professionals to enter public and private sector careers. For students already working in law enforcement or other investigative careers, this certificate teaches the skills that position you for advancement or leadership positions within a current or new organization.

Apply these certificate courses to our Master of Science in Criminal Justice!

Coursework guides students through the scientific method of investigation. Through this process, students learn how to:

  • Conduct civil and criminal investigations
  • Demonstrate understanding of death investigation
  • Apply basic skills around crime scene investigation
  • Prepare and conduct forensic interviews of victims, witnesses, and suspects
  • Testify in civil and criminal court proceedings
  • Demonstrate compassion during sexual assault cases and incidents involving missing children

Who Should Apply

This program is for anyone currently employed in the criminal justice system who wants to advance your skills and career. Because this certificate enhances professional preparedness and speaks to increasing demands on people within these fields, we encourage prospective and current police officers, supervisors, commanders, and any other criminal justice professionals to apply.

Certificate Requirements

To graduate with an graduate Certificate in Investigative Sciences, students must complete 18 credit hours:

Core Courses (18 credits)

Course Credits Name
CRJU 520* 3 Advanced Scientific Investigations
CRJU 521 3 Crime Scene Investigation I
CRJU 524 3 Death Investigation
CRJU 525* 3 Criminal Procedures
CRJU 526 3 Investigating Missing Children and Human Trafficking
CRJU 527 3 Forensic Interviewing

**These courses are prerequisites to other certificate courses

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Alpha Phi Sigma

Coppin's chapter of the nationally recognized Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, welcomes undergraduate and graduate students studying criminal justice, criminology, or a related field.

Related Programs

Criminal Justice


Policing Strategies


Investigative Sciences is in the Department of Criminal Justice in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.