The Next Generation of Forensic Investigations
The fully online Graduate Certificate in Forensic Genetic Genealogy is the first program of its kind in the world. It provides individuals from the public and private sectors with a depth and breadth of knowledge and training in the core competencies necessary to effectively carry out Forensic Genetic Genealogy investigations. This comprehensive program provides a unique opportunity to broaden your education and develop key knowledge and skills in this specialized field.
Your learning begins with the most up-to-date primer on the fundamentals of forensic biological evidence and the current forensic DNA profiling workflow that is practiced in forensic investigations, prior to the use of forensic genetic genealogy. Following this, you will learn about advanced DNA testing methods for genetic genealogy purposes with the goal of harvesting probative information from biological evidence to infer genetic relatedness between individuals. You will be trained in the use of the many tools available to make connections between genetic matches/relatives that are identified in the public genetic genealogy databases approved for use by law enforcement. Next, you will gain significant knowledge in genealogical research using documentary evidence and the building of family trees, with a strong focus on adhering to the Genealogical Standards. You will learn how to critically evaluate and correlate accurate records to reach credible conclusions about identities and relationships using reliable sources. This comprehensive educational program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to efficiently, and importantly accurately, use this novel investigative tool in both forensic/criminal investigations and family history research. Your learning will culminate in a practical experience where you will put your newly gained knowledge and skills to the test. This is achieved through investigating a mock forensic genetic genealogy case, with the goal of demonstrating your professional competency in the use of this novel investigative tool.
- Format: 100% online
- Course delivery: Asynchronous (i.e., no live class times/lectures)
- Time to complete program: 10 months
- Term Schedule: One course per term, taken in sequence
- Cohort program: Students begin and end the program together
- New program cohort begins every January
- Four 3-credit courses required (12 credits total)
- Current Tuition: $1,020 per credit
- 30% tuition discount for current members of the Law Enforcement/Forensic Science community
|FORS 6600 Fundamentals of Forensic Biological Evidence*
||Spring I mini-term; 7 weeks (January – March)
|FORS 6601 Forensic Genetic Genealogy
||Spring II mini-term; 7 weeks (March – May)
|FORS 6602 Genealogical Principles and Methods
||Summer term; 12 weeks (May – August)
|FORS 6603 FGG Practicum
||Fall I mini-term; 7 weeks (August – October)
*For students who are already experienced forensic practitioners and therefore do not need the content delivered in the first course (FORS 6600), this course can be substituted with FORS 6604 Forensic DNA Phenotyping: Appearance and Ancestry (delivered Fall II mini-term), or another course of interest pending discussion and approval.