How does the MSFS at Cedar Crest differ from other programs?
The generalist approach gives students the opportunity to prepare for several different forensic science disciplines. Most other programs make students specialize in one particular area. As a result, our graduates have embarked on careers in such diverse areas as fingerprint analysis, crime scene investigation, drug and toxicological testing, and forensic DNA analysis.
Are there assistantships available for program students?
Each semester, students can apply for a $2,000 graduate assistantship. These assistantships are competitive and are based on previous academic performance. Students receiving an assistantship are expected to work 10 hours per week in teaching, laboratory preparation, quality assurance, or research under the tutelage of a faculty member.
Does the faculty have “real-world” forensic science experience?
Yes, several members of the faculty have worked professionally as forensic scientists, some as laboratory directors and supervisors. They have a combined total of more than 50 years of experience in forensic science.
What does it mean to be accredited?
Accreditation by the Forensic Science Educational Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) means that you are recognized as a quality program by the forensic science community. It means that the curriculum, faculty, and resources are such that the student can expect to get a quality and marketable education.
Do Cedar Crest College graduates find employment?
The only graduates of the MSFS program who are not employed in a forensic or scientific capacity are those who are continuing their education as doctoral students.* Most of our graduates have found careers in forensic science laboratories, while others work in criminal investigations and in allied science fields such as pharmaceutical and cosmetic science.
*As of January, 2013