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Undergraduate Certificate in Forensics, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
Online
The Forensics Certificate program enables students to gain a foundation in the principles of criminal liability and the attendant circumstances. Students will analyze the science and art of profiling crime scenes, and subsequently offenders, using both physical and psychological evidence.
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Overview

The Forensics Certificate program enables students to gain a foundation in the principles of criminal liability and the attendant circumstances. 

Students will analyze the science and art of profiling crime scenes, and subsequently offenders, using both physical and psychological evidence.

  • Determine the usefulness of trace elements for the forensic comparison of various types of physical evidence and relate the advantages of evidence collection from the forensic scientist's point of view.
  • Explain how the science and art of profiling crime scenes, and subsequently offenders, from physical and psychological evidence is key to the investigation of crimes for which there is no known perpetrator.
  • Analyze contemporary practices associated with investigating the manner and cause of sudden, unexpected, and violent death.
  • Assess environmental influences and motivating factors that result in criminal behavior.
  • Describe how approaches to profiling can be applied to assist in solving crimes.
  • Discuss principles of criminal liability and the acts, mental state, and attendant circumstances that are central ingredients in crimes against society, persons, or property.
  • Describe why a basic knowledge of chemistry and human anatomy is critical in the world of forensics.

Accreditation

American Public University is part of the American Public University System (APUS), which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC accredits degree-granting institutions located in a 19-state region, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    First Monday of every month

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      3 years: total time allowed to complete

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Criminal Profiling
  • Crime Analysis
  • Criminalistics
  • The Pathology of Death Investigations
  • Criminal Law
  • Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    520

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Our university welcomes international applicants from many countries around the world. We are an online university and students are not required to enter the U.S. Therefore, we do not issue I-20 or DS-2019 forms for the F-1 or J-1 student visas.
  • In addition to the admission requirements for undergraduate or graduate study, we may require additional documents related to residency, 
  • English proficiency, and educational background. Our institution maintains the right to require this documentation when needed.

Getting a Student Visa

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    270 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 270 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    270 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 270 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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  • Tuition Rates Per Credit Hour
  • We charge a $50 technology fee (per course). Additional fees might apply.

Funding

International applicants are required to pay each course in full using a U.S. credit card or money order. The Automatic Debit Plan (ADP) payment option is available when used with a credit card drawn from a U.S. institution.
Suggestions for international students seeking financial assistance to fund their studies at APUS:

  • Contact their Ministry of Education – explore scholarship, grants or loan possibilities
  • Contact private lenders – companies or banks
  • Seek sponsorship from a personal investor

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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