The Master of Science in Criminalistic Science (CRSC) program is designed for students and working professionals with undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and the social sciences and related fields. Those students with course work in engineering, computer science, criminal law, psychology and sociology are just a few of the many who will find this program beneficial.
This program arms the student with an understanding of the relationships between, the laboratory, the courts, law enforcement, corrections and the criminal justice system.
The Master of Science in Criminalistic Science program is a two year program with a fall and spring semester in each year. It is a 44.5 credit program that comprises study in the areas of:
- Criminal law
- Medico-legal death investigation
- Criminalistic disciplines including the comparative sciences, traffic accident analysis and criminal investigative analysis
- Analytic techniques focusing on crime scenes, bloodstain pattern analysis, arson and explosion, friction ridge analysis, firearms and tool mark examination, and footwear and tire track analysis
Master of Science in Criminalistic Science students attend some required and concentration courses with students in the Forensic Science program. This allows for networking relationships between that laboratory scientist and the field practitioner. Additionally, many of the students within the graduate school in other programs are free to take coursework in both the Criminalistic Science and Forensic Science programs further increasing the networking between medicine and the forensic sciences. All of the science coursework is specially designed for Master of Science in Criminalistic Science students, taking into consideration their more basic understanding of science.
All of the coursework is offered at the Center City Campus of Drexel University College of Medicine.
To successfully complete the Criminalistic Science program, the candidate must successfully maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Program Level Outcomes
Graduates of the Master of Science in Criminalistic Science program will achieve eight program level outcomes that describe the skills, competencies and knowledge gained through completion of the program curriculum.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the legal aspects and standing of forensic science within the Judicial System
- Demonstrate an understanding of the criminal justice system and its components including courts, prosecutor's office, defense office, juvenile justice, law enforcement and corrections
- Demonstrate familiarity and expertise within their field of scientific endeavor
- Demonstrate competence with instrumentation and equipment relative to their field of scientific analysis
- Demonstrate sound communication skills and the ability to express scientific ideas effectively using relevant language
- Demonstrate the ability to work within a multidisciplinary field that engages with multiple science platforms, professions and technologies
- Demonstrate the ability to evaluate physical evidence from a multidisciplinary and multi-science point of view, applying accepted processing protocols leading from the least destructive methodologies to the most destructive methodologies thus ensuring the continuity of the physical evidence
- Demonstrate a familiarity with all of the divisions of a crime laboratory including biology, chemistry, comparative sciences, crime scene unit, evidence control and quality control/quality assurance
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