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M.S. in Medicolegal Death Investigation


Keybenefits of our program:

  • Direct preparation for this field
  • Optimal training opportunities and direct interaction with practitioners in the field
  • Faculty mentor, teach, and advise students, paying clase attention to their development
  • Field study in medical examiner's offices


Career Paths: Graduates are specifically prepared for a career in:

  • Medicolegal death investigation


But are also qualified for other positions in forensic science, including:

  • Crime scene investigation
  • Forensic analysis (areas depending on electives)

Program Requirements

This unique first-in-the-nation program provides a comprehensive educational program in medicolegal death investigation (MDI) targeted with students insterested in death investigation careers and to MDI-related professionals as well as criminal justice personnel. This unique program provides an innovative, collaborative, and comprehensive state-of-the-art educational experience of the various facets of medicolegal death investigation for all levels of MDI and across multiple disaplines leading to the certificate of advanced study.

I. GATEWAY COURSES - 27 Credits Required

  • FSC 606 Advanced Forensic Science (3 credits)
  • FSC 631 Statistics for the Forensic Sciences (3)
  • FSC 633 Quality Assurance & Ethics (3)
  • FSC 635 Medicolegal Death Investigation I (3)
  • FSC 636 Medicolegal Death Investigation II (3)
  • FSC 640 Anatomy and Physiology for Forensic Investigations (3)
  • FSC 651 Forensic Pathology (3)
  • FSC 663 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (3)
  • FSC 668 Crime Scene Investigation (3)


II. Electives - 6 Credits Required

  • ANT 633 Human Osteology (3)
  • ANT 634 Anthropology of Death (3)
  • ANT 636 Bioarcheology (3)
  • FSC 632 Research & Career Resources (3)
  • FSC 632 Research and Career Resources (3)
  • FSC 640 Forensic Biochemical Analysis (3)
  • FSC 640 Light Microscopy (3)
  • FSC 644 Forensic Chemical Analysis (4)
  • FSC 653 Forensic Toxicology (3)
  • FSC 657 Principles of Human Toxicology (3)
  • FSC 661 Firearms & Impression Evidence (3)
  • FSC 665 Latent Prints (3)
  • FSC 667 Forensic Photography (3)
  • FSC 669 Science of Countering WMDs (3)
  • FSC 671 Firearms and Impression Evidence II (3)
  • FSC 675 Advanced Light Microscopy (3)
  • FSC 676 Cold Cases (3)
  • LAW 604 Criminal Law (3)
  • LAW 708 Constitutional Criminal Procedure Investigative (3)

1Petition Required


III. Internship - 3 Credits Required

Each student is required to participate in an internship in a medical examiner's office, related to forensic pathology and/or medicolegal death investigation. Credits in excess of 3 will be counted as elective credits.

  • FSC 690 Independent Study in Forensic Science (1 - 6)


Total Credits for Degree - 36