Gannon University Announces New Degree In Criminalistics

Posted: November 19, 2015

Gannon University has added a new Master of Science degree in Criminalistics (MSC). The new program in the University's College of Humanities, Education and Social Science is one of only seven graduate programs in criminalistics offered in the U.S. and will admit its first students in fall 2016.

While criminology is the study of crime and its prevention, criminalistics is the application of scientific principles to provide evidence in criminal cases with emphasis on crime scene investigation and evidence techniques, as well as legal issues, expert testimony, trace evidence, physical evidence and crime mapping.

Gannon's graduate program in criminalistics is a 36-credit program that can be completed in two years. Students will typically take two seven-week-long courses a semester. Offered primarily online, the program also includes a one-week summer residency capstone experience completed at the state-of-the-art Forensic Investigation Center (FIC) opened in 2014 on Gannon's Erie, Pennsylvania campus.

The graduate degree program was designed to accommodate working professionals as well as traditional students who have recently graduated from a four-year university.

"This is a unique and exciting opportunity for students to develop or enhance investigative skills taught by law enforcement experts from the field" said Jerry Clark, PhD., assistant professor of criminal justice and a retired FBI Special Agent with 27 years of service with the FBI, DEA, NCIS other law enforcement organizations.

For more information, contact Gannon University Admissions Office.