Are you fascinated by the intersection of time-tested investigation and law enforcement techniques with cutting-edge advances in technology? SFCJS unites the nation’s foremost master’s program in Forensic Science with well-established undergraduate and graduate majors in Criminal Justice, and rapidly-growing undergraduate and graduate studies in Digital Forensics and Information Assurance. Exciting opportunities await to grow your knowledge, hone your skills, and follow your passion.
Your interests and skills should guide your career path. What are you interested in?
Engaging in research or teaching at a university
Depending on your specific academic interests, you could get an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice or Digital Forensics and Information Assurance (or double major), then further that education with a master’s degree and a doctorate, depending on what you enjoy researching.
Working in local, state, federal law enforcement or specialized police agencies
Pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and add an area of emphasis in law enforcement. For upward mobility in the profession, consider getting your Master of Science in Criminal Justice afterwards.
Working in the criminal court system as prosecuting or defense attorneys, judges or victim advocates
While not necessary for a law degree (JD), an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with an area of emphasis in legal studies helps to prepare you for law school with a better understanding of how the criminal justice system works as a whole.
Working in prisons, jails, probation or parole offices
Pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and chose the corrections area of emphasis. For upward mobility in the profession, consider getting your Master of Science in Criminal Justice afterwards.
Working in crime scene investigations, scientific analysis of evidence, or providing expert testimony in court
If you want to work out in the field, an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice will work well for field work in crime scene investigations, but first you have to be a police officer. The courses under our law enforcement area of emphasis, like crime scene investigation and criminal investigation, will provide the necessary background you will need without being too scientific.
If you want to work in a laboratory, an undergraduate degree in a hard science, such as chemistry, biology or physics are ideal, although some other undergraduate degrees like computer science are also accepted. After obtaining this undergraduate degree, you can apply to the Master of Science in Forensic Science program at Marshall. It is a 2 year program with options for areas of emphasis in forensic chemistry, DNA analysis, crime scene investigation, and digital forensics (or you can do all four).
Analyzing computer evidence, investigating computer crime, or developing tools to protect computer systems from hackers
Digital Forensics and Information Assurance is a Bachelor of Science degree that focuses on digital evidence and information security, with classes in programming and network security, among others. Afterward, you can continue your education in our master’s program in Cyber Forensics.
SFCJS programs focus on real-world application of criminology and scientific detection technologies. Coursework in these programs is multidisciplinary and prepares students for careers in the criminal justice system as well as graduate programs or law school. Our BA, BS, and MS graduates work throughout the country and the world in classic forensic science, digital forensic science, law enforcement, and information assurance professions.
- Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology
- Department of Forensic Sciences
- Master of Science in Forensic Science
Dr. Dru Bora