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Criminal Justice degree programs | Saint Leo University

Forensic Science Master's Degree Online

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 pursue a Criminal Justice Forensic Science Master's Degree online at Saint Leo?

Now is the time to begin pursuing your forensic science master's degree online at Saint Leo University. This program will allow you to 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 master’s degree in criminal justice with a forensic science specialization is no exception.


By earning your master’s in criminal justice with a forensic science specialization online, you will be able to effectively balance your home and work life while pursuing your degree. 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 online criminal justice program director is recognized nationally and has nearly 30 years of varied investigative experience. As one of the leading military colleges in the United States, Saint Leo University’s online degree programs have educated 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. Contact our team today to learn more about how you can enroll in our forensic science master's degree online program.



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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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  • Saint Leo University and its highly rated College of Education and Social Services,
  • Learning outcomes and career opportunities with an Master’s in Criminal Justice,
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  • The seamless application process, and
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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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