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Investigative Sciences (Post Baccalaureate Certificate)

Certificate in Investigative Sciences (Graduate Level)

Criminal Justice

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences


The Investigative Sciences certificate provides prospective graduate students with a new and innovative curriculum that contains specialized skill sets that will open up additional opportunities to enter into law enforcement and other public and private sector investigative careers or enhance their present status within a particular agency or organization.. Utilizing the scientific method of investigation, students will broaden their horizons in regards to the processes of conducting investigations (civil or criminal); expand their knowledge concerning death investigation; attain a basic skill set concerning crime scene investigation; be better prepared to conduct proper forensic interviews of victims, witnesses, and suspects; testify in civil and criminal court proceedings and find themselves more compassionate in the investigation of sexual assault cases and the handling of incidents involving missing children.

In order to earn this certificate all students must take and successfully pass the six three credit courses for a total of 18 credits. As additional courses are developed, students will be afforded the opportunity to select one or more substitutions. Credits earned in the Investigative Sciences Certificate Program may be applied toward the Criminal Justice master’s degree.

Core Courses
18 Credits

The six graduate courses are as follows:

CRJU 520
Advanced Scientific Investigations (a prerequisite to other certificate offerings)
CRJU 521
Crime Scene Investigation-I
CRJU 524
Death Investigation
CRJU 525
Criminal Procedures (a prerequisite to other certificate offerings)
CRJU 526
Investigating Missing Children and Human Trafficking
CRJU 527
Forensic Interviewing