Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Forensic Science
Combine hands-on learning with academic tradition to prepare for a future in law enforcement.
The School 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.
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
You will also achieve a broad background in the field through general M.S. 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
- 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
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.