Popular Forensic Science Schools
As the study of forensic science continues to gain attention in pop culture, interest in pursuing a career in this growing field has also increased.
Whether you’re interested in becoming a general crime scene investigation technician or studying a specific field of forensics such as ballistics, bloodstain analysis or trace evidence, there are a number of accredited forensic training programs to choose from. Some of these programs are offered online while others are offered onsite at a brick-and-mortar location.
The academic requirements of specific forensic careers will vary depending on the nature of study and the employer, ranging from certificates and diplomas to associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and master's degrees:
- Diploma in Crime Scene Investigation: Southwest Florida College – Southwest Florida College offers a number of its diploma programs online, while others, such as the diploma in crime scene investigation, are offered onsite at their Tampa and Fort Myers campuses. The diploma in crime scene investigation program offers daytime, nighttime and weekend classes for maximum flexibility and can be completed in as little as 12 months. The program also offers free tutoring and lifetime career placement services for graduates.
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Criminal Justice: Columbia Southern University – Columbia Southern University (CSU) is one of the first universities in the United States to offer courses completely online and more than 50 percent of its students are U.S. military members. CSU’s AAS degree in criminal justice offers general technical training in criminal justice for those seeking to pursue a career in the growing field of criminal science. Complimentary tutoring and textbooks are also included in this program.
- Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice-Forensic Science: American InterContinental University – American InterContinental University (AIU) offers a BS in criminal justice-forensic science that can be completed online in roughly 15 months. AIU students can transfer up to 75 percent of approved degree requirements from previous academic credits, work experience or military experience. The program is only available to residents of certain states, so be sure to check with admissions before applying.
- Masters of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice-Forensic Science: Saint Leo University Online – Founded in 1889, Saint Leo University Online offers a MS in criminal justice-forensic science for those seeking to pursue a career as a criminal justice agency administrator or manager. Students must be at least 21 years old to enroll in the master’s program and also hold a bachelor’s degree.
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