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Criminal Justice degree programs | Saint Leo University

Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Forensic Science

Forensic science specialization courses explore:

  • The history of forensic science and criminalistics
  • Recognition, protection, documentation and collection of physical evidence
  • Laboratory analysis of physical evidence
  • Courtroom acceptance of new forensic technologies
  • Forensic and medicolegal death investigation
  • Crime scene investigation and management

Why choose a Criminal Justice degree with a Forensic Science specialization?

Combine hands-on learning with academic tradition to prepare for a future in law enforcement.

The College of Education & Social Services offers several competitive, quality graduate degree programs, and the online M.S. in Criminal Justice with a forensic science specialization is no exception.

Through up-to-date, hands-on instruction, you will gain the practitioner's experience to assist with criminal justice agency operations during incidents in which forensic science is a factor.

Saint Leo University's criminal justice program director, Dr. Robert J. Diemer, has nearly 30 years of varied investigative experience, and is known across Florida and, increasingly, among national law enforcement at local, state, and federal agency levels. Dr. Diemer has served as a Deputy Sheriff, State Coordinator for the Florida Sheriff’s Association Statewide Task Force, and Chief of Investigations for the Florida Department of Environmental Protections Division of Law Enforcement. Dr. Diemer was also responsible for managing and coordinating the operations of the Florida Department of Environmental Protections Environmental Terrorism Response Team.

One of the leading military colleges in the United States, Saint Leo University has been educating criminal justice professionals for more than three decades. In the Catholic spirit, we base our criminal justice model on a steadfast moral consciousness that recognizes the dignity, value, and gifts of all people.

 

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Learn how a Master’s in Criminal Justice - designed for working adults - can help you advance your career and reach your goals.

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Specializations available under Saint Leo’s online master’s degree in Criminal Justice include:

  • Behavioral Studies teaches how criminal behavior and the criminal code interact, as well as how behavioral disorders impact individuals and criminal behavior.
  • Corrections is designed to provide a better understanding of complex issues of offenders, trends of the 21st century and the problems associated with recidivism.
  • Forensic Science provides the opportunity for you to gain the knowledge required to assist with operations during incidents in which forensic science is a factor through modern, hands-on instruction.
  • Legal Studies provides students with a well-rounded understanding of legal procedures and how the judicial system operates within the civil and criminal domain.


You will also achieve a broad background in the field through general MS in criminal justice courses including those that address:

  • Ethical and legal issues in criminal justice administration
  • Public policy-making, evaluation and implementation
  • Leadership, management and supervision
  • Offender treatment methodology
  • Human resources issues and innovations
  • Hostage negations
  • Terrorism
  • Information resource systems and technologies
  • Fiscal resource management for short and long-term planning
  • Personnel law
  • Major trends and conditions in the future of criminal justice

Degree Requirements

In order to earn the degree with the concentration in forensic science, a student must successfully complete the five courses in criminal justice, as well as four courses in forensic science, and two electives. CRIMINAL JUSTICE CORE (18 CREDITS)
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