Crime Scene Investigations for Violent Crimes


The three components of crime scene investigations include the:

Establishing these events and using reason and logic, physical evidence, witness testimony, scientific methods and their relationships to one another is paramount for investigating violent crimes. The Crime Scene Investigations for Violent Crimes Graduate Certificate incorporates the ways in which these elements are discovered, tested, analyzed, preserved, presented in court, and utilized in violent crimes against persons, such as homicide, rape, missing persons, and child abuse.

This is an 18 credit hour, graduate certificate designed for professionals in the justice sector who are seeking advanced training and students preparing for careers in crime labs, attorneys, major crime detectives, and crime scene investigators.

Course Location/Delivery

This certificate is offered fully online.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must have an earned Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


18 credit hours:



Time Limit

Program can be completed in as little as one year but must be completed within five years.

Credit Toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


Dr. Erin Kimmerle, Program Director

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