About Forensic Sciences at Chaminade
The study of Forensic Sciences at Chaminade allows our students an opportunity to become part of a unique community of scientists who serve the aims of justice.
Chaminade offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition, Chaminade offers additional training through the Chaminade Summer Institutes.
About the Degree Program
The Chaminade Forensics Sciences programs immerse students in the latest technological and scientific advances in the field of criminal investigation. In addition, our Forensic Sciences programs deliver instruction in criminal law and hands-on, practical experiences in the field.
The Masters of Science in Forensic Sciences is designed to provide students with the background required for employment in the forensic sciences or for future graduate study. The program serves working professionals in the field as well as recent graduates from baccalaureate programs. It features rigorous graduate coursework combined with independent research.
Our goal is to develop a sense of community within and between admission classes so that being in the MSFS Degree Program facilitates your growth as a person and as a scientist. Our approach to education involves both faculty and students actively taking part in learning collaboratively. It is our firm conviction that students learn best by doing and we strive to provide hands-on experience in all aspects of the forensic sciences. Our faculty includes academics and professionals who are leading scientists in Hawaii; the knowledge acquired is current and reflects accepted practice in all fields covered.
The Master of Science in Forensic Sciences follows a semester schedule and requires a minimum of 42 credit hours that can be completed as a full-time or part-time student. Full-time status is earned by enrolling 9 credits in a semester. All students are required to complete a research project and generate a thesis, which we believe is the hallmark of a graduate degree. The thesis is completed as part of the coursework in FS 700 Graduate Prospectus, FS 798 Graduate Thesis, and FS 799 Directed Studies. The relatively small size of our program gives students an opportunity to interact with faculty from a number of disciplines and this faculty will serve as the student’s research advisors.
All applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in a natural science, forensic science or related field, provide official transcripts, and share about their interest in pursuing a degree in Forensic Sciences.
See below for program-specific requirements.
- Completed Online Application and Application Fee
- Transcripts from all Previously Attended Institutions
- Resume or Work History
- Interview By Request Only
- Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
- GRE Test Scores Recommended (not required)
- Hawai‘i’s only forensic sciences program
- State of the art science labs and facilities
- Small class sizes ensuring individualized attention
- Full-time, on-campus program with cohort style classes
- New students admitted once per year in the Fall
- Collaborative research committee
- Faculty with real-world and case experience
- Rigorous course study combined with
- hands-on fieldwork
- The program of study can be completed
- in approximately 2–3 years
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