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Doctoral Programs 

The School of Forensic Sciences offers two degrees at the doctoral level. We have the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Forensic Sciences which focuses on completion of a research dissertation, and the online Doctor of Forensic Sciences (DFS) which is a professional doctorate focusing on coursework and practical application. The PhD is ideal for individuals seeking a profession in academia or who desire to contribute new research to the field. The DFS is perfect for working professionals who would like to enhance their skills and knowledge in the field to directly benefit their job performance. Despite their different formats, both result in the title of ‘Doctor’ and develop critical thinking and research skills.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Sciences

    The PhD requires 60 credit hours including a dissertation and defense. Study areas of emphasis currently include Arson, Explosives, Firearms and Toolmarks, Forensic Investigative Sciences, Forensic Psychology for Investigators, and Chemistry/Toxicology.


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  • Doctor of Forensic Sciences

    The DFS is designed to meet the needs of working professionals with online coursework and a flexible degree plan. Students can take coursework from the topics of Arson, Explosives, Firearms and Toolmarks; Forensic Investigative Sciences; Forensic Psychology for Investigators; Biology/DNA; Chemistry/Toxicology; etc... In the DFS program, students may be eligible to use up to 30 hours of coursework from their master’s degree towards the 60-credit hour requirement.


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