Master the New Capabilities
You will study, and receive training in, various forms of forensic field technology such as ground penetrating radar, laser scanners, portable instruments, and biometric devices. The utilization of these instruments are critical to modern criminal investigations. Also, restricted electives associated with the program allow you to develop specialized knowledge in areas such as bloodstain pattern analysis, firearms evidence, and forensic anthropology.
You will complete a minimum of 42 credits of graduate work, which includes a required internship or research project designed to fulfill the Master of Science Capstone requirement. In this, you will benefit from the strong connections that the University of New Haven has forged with local and state police as well as the state medical examiner.
Who Should Apply to this Program?
- Those with an undergraduate degree in criminal justice, investigative services, or forensic science a relevant degree
- Police officers
- Novice/beginner Crime Scene Investigators/Technicians
- Those with a desire for a career in the crime scene investigation field
- Those with a desire for a career in death investigations in the Medical Examiner/Coroner System
How do you solve a murder without a body? How do you prove you’re innocent when you look guilty as sin? What discipline is responsible for more "Aha!" moments than any other?
Forensics — the recognition, collection, identification, and interpretation of physical evidence and the application of science and technology to provide objective facts for criminal or civil court cases. If you’re interested in forensics, there’s no more prestigious place to earn your degree than the world-renowned Henry C. Lee College.
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An in-depth study of crime scene procedures including recognition, protection, documentation, and collection of physical evidence; scene documentation, scene search procedures; and reconstructions from evidence and scene patterns.
This course will provide information related to the various aspects of expert witness testimony, from "marketing" skills and good communication techniques to managing difficult questions and ethical issues. The expectations of the legal and scientific communities will be explored using case examples and exercises that point to the conflicts that sometimes may arise from these different perspectives. Students will participate in a moot court testimony session in which they will demonstrate their expert witness knowledge and ability to effectively communicate in a court setting.
This course will explore the use of imaging techniques as they relate to crime scene and evidence documentation. The first portion of the course focuses on film/digital image capture and the second on digital image processing using Adobe Photoshop and other software. The course includes extensive hands-on experience both in photography as well as image processing labs. Topics include but are not limited to: theory, techniques, crime, scenes, evidence, macro, alternate light energy, photogrammetry, image clarification and legal considerations.
Theoretical and practical aspects of crime scene reconstruction will be addressed in this course. A basic understanding of crime scene analysis, and related functions: evidence recognition, collection and preservation, documentation, effective search methods, and subsequent laboratory-based analysis of the evidence is required. Common types of crime scene reconstruction will be explored: blood stain analysis, shooting incident, and accident reconstruction. A major focus of this course is to learn how to design and conduct relevant testing, consistent with the scientific method. The course will conclude with the preparation of a reconstruction report and oral presentation of that work in a legal setting.
The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Masters of Science in Forensic Technology, check out the Academic Catalog:
IN THE MEDIA
Peter Massey, lecturer in forensic science and training coordinator at the National Crime Scene Training and Technology Center at the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, discusses the investigative techniques used for cold cases and the issues that hinder their solvability rate.
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