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Master of Science, Forensic Science – Criminalistics Concentration

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Forensic Science – Criminalistics Concentration

The Master of Science in Forensic Science program at Emporia State University was developed with the input of crime lab directors across the Midwest to ensure that it was preparing students for the workforce. The opportunity to learn from practitioners and professors and the one-on-one guidance ensure a quality education with opportunities not found elsewhere.

Our students have presented their research at local, regional, national, and international meetings. They have won awards, published manuscripts, and received recognition for their achievements. Our graduates are employed in state and regional crime laboratories, private laboratories, and in academic research facilities. While at ESU, our students participate in community outreach and in our student societies – The Locard Society of Forensic Science and Delta Delta Epsilon – Alpha Alpha Chapter. They also have the opportunity to serve on the Student Crime Scene Response Team in conjunction with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

This program is the only one of its kind in the state of Kansas. Our program is fully customizable to meet your career goals and educational needs. One-on-one mentoring and small class sizes ensure that you receive personal attention.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MS Forensic Science program at Emporia State University, students will:
• Gain experience in a variety of analytical techniques in forensic biology, forensic chemistry, toxicology, and trace evidence.
• Perform research in an area of their choosing while being mentored by faculty and practitioners in the field.
• Learn to effectively communicate their findings to a wide variety of audiences.

Criminal History

Students considering a Master of Science in Forensic Science must be mindful of the fact that internship or employment in a crime laboratory requires extensive background checks. Potential employers may not hire applicants who have been arrested for or convicted of felony and serious misdemeanor violations such as:
• Alcohol and drug violations
• Property crimes (i.e. theft or burglary)
• Violent crimes (murder, sexual assault, domestic violence, etc.)
• Firearms-related crimes
• Moral turpitude (indecent exposure, solicitation of a prostitute)
• Serious traffic violations
• Serious credit problems.
Other crimes not listed above may also be grounds for an applicant to be eliminated as a potential intern or employee. Untruthfulness during any part of the application process is normally grounds for disqualification as well. Prospective students are strongly urged to consider this when applying to the program and to contact the Interim Program Director with any concerns or questions prior to application to the MSFS program.

Forensic Science Class Mock Crime Scene


Our professors don’t want you to be a passive learner in the biology program, but an active participant in study and research in your field of interest. With smaller class sizes in your major, you’ll have the opportunity to do original research of your own choosing or work with professors on ongoing projects. In our Forensic Science program, you'll have access to a mock crime scene lab and an analytical chemistry lab.

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Box 4050
Emporia, KS 66801