Online Undergraduate Certificate in Forensics
The University is one of the nation’s premiere online universities preparing law enforcement and criminal justice professionals seeking career-relevant education. The Undergraduate Certificate in Forensics is completed entirely online. This allows working adults to fit quality education into their existing schedules. Through this fascinating program, learners gain a foundational understanding of the leading principles of criminal liability.
The program teaches the science and art of managing and profiling crime scenes and determining subsequent perpetrators utilizing physical and psychological evidence gathering and analysis. Explore investigative practices for scientifically determining causes of sudden, unexpected, and violent death by examining real-case scenarios. The curriculum also addresses motivating social and environmental causal factors leading to deviant behavior so students develop a well-balanced perspective of the central ingredients that lead to crime against individuals and society.
The University assesses its curriculum by consulting with industry advisory councils to verify that its curriculum keeps pace with industry regulations, best practices and the application of emerging forensics technology. Students are part of a strong network of law-enforcement and criminal justice professionals who share a common bond in safeguarding their communities. Classes are instructed by expert professors with extensive field experience. Students learn directly from experienced practitioners, many who bring lessons they’ve learned as sheriffs, legal counsel, police chiefs, and military and homeland security leaders into the online classroom.
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Program Completion Rates, Median Debt, and More
The following program details are intended to help you make an informed decision about the university that's right for you.
|2012-2013 Program Completion Rate|
|Normal time to completion for full-time student||1 year|
|Graduates who completed in this time1||40%|
|Tuition & Fees as of September 1, 2013||Median Loan Debt of 2012-2013 Graduates|
(before any awarded transfer credit)
|Technology fee2||$50||Private educational loans||$0|
|Transfer Credit Evaluation fee3 |
|$50||Institution financing plan||$0|
|Books and supplies4||$0|
|On-campus room and board||Not applicable|
1 Data may be “not available” if the program has no graduates during reporting period or if it has not been in existence the normal time for completion. If 0%, then graduates in the reporting period took longer than the average time, usually because they were part-time students. 89% of our students are working adults and do not take a full-time course load.
2 A $50 Technology Fee will be charged for all future undergraduate and graduate level course registrations, including audited courses. The fee is not applicable for Comprehensive Exam courses. An APUS grant will cover the fee for Active Duty Military, Reservists, National Guard, Vocational Rehabilitation (VOCA), VA and VA Chapter 33 students, and anyone using military tuition assistance (TA).
3 Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee waived for all United States Active Duty Military, Guard, and Reserve personnel.
4 The undergraduate book grant provides textbooks, e-books, and other course materials at no cost to students for courses being taken for academic credit. Students must obtain their own software when required for a course or program.
5 This figure does not include PLUS loans or TEACH grants converted to Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans.
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American Public University System (APUS) makes no representation or guarantee that successful completion of an APUS program or coursework will result in employment within a particular field. Many employers take into account various criteria, in addition to education, when determining eligibility for employment. To assist our students in their career search, the APUS Office of Career Services provides students and alumni a variety of tools, resources, information, and guidance to assist them as they pursue their life goals.