Why Forensic Entomology?
- 1The field of Forensic Entomology has grown rapidly, putting those with a Forensic Entomology background in high demand.
- 2A degree in Forensic Entomology will offer you the security of many options for jobs and careers.
- 3Employers recognize that SJC graduates have learned more than graduates from other schools.
Why Study Forensic Entomology at SJC?
Deemed a "Best in the Midwest College," Saint Joseph's College offers a hands-on approach to those wishing to pursue the Master of Science in Forensic Entomology. Studying Forensic Entomology at SJC will put you a step ahead of your competition. The program is designed to give the student practical experience in his or her field of study. All of the courses are designed to further knowledge and experience in Forensic Entomology through site-based, hands-on, concentrated studies led by professionals with a wealth of background and leadership in their respective fields.
Personalize your education
The Master of Science in Forensic Entomology offers students coursework in several forensic disciplines. This degree is a thesis option that can be tailored to a student's particular field of interest.
Many courses are held in locations unique to the traditional graduate school experience.
Renowned, expert faculty
This is one of the few Forensic Entomology programs currently available. No other program has more experienced faculty in Forensic Entomology. You will gain experiences that would be impossible in larger programs.
Through intensive courses based on-site at universities and working forensic laboratories, students will learn the skills necessary to pursue a career or strengthen their background in the field of Forensic Entomology. In other programs, you might stay in the same location for two years, with little to no real-world experience. In SJC’s program, you will have a chance to work at research universities and in real crime labs as well, which will solidify your real-life crime lab experience and allow you to network to the fullest in different programs.
Learn from internationally acclaimed top experts such as Dr. Neal Haskell (key expert witness in the Casey Anthony trial of 2012) and dynamic faculty/speakers on unique topics
Enjoy more flexibility with credits and course structure than other graduate programs in Forensics
Network with peers and top professionals in the field around the nation
Proximity to major metro area
All courses have a hands-on component--learn by doing!
Graduate Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to highly qualified, degree-seeking graduate students in the Forensic Entomology Graduate Program. These awards provide an annual stipend of $13,000 as well as a full tuition waiver. You will be exempt from laboratory fees, but subject to some general student fees. Graduate Assistants gain important experience by assisting professors in their teaching and research. The specific duties of your assistantship will be determined by your supervisor. You will be expected to devote 20 hours per week to your duties. To keep an assistantship you must remain in good academic standing (3.00 gpa), and you must be enrolled in at least 6 hours per semester. You are not required to work during holidays and vacation times observed by the college. Deductions are made for federal, state, and county income tax, but graduate assistants are exempt from FICA (social security) and Medicare taxes.
Courses are taken to reach credit-hour minimum requirements, along with a research component or capstone internship experience. The capstone experience in the thesis program is the successful completion of the research and ultimately the defense of the thesis. In addition, real-world cases are used to demonstrate proper analysis and conclusions of cases. Also, proper court testimony is learned from participation in the expert witness class. These experiences cover all areas of knowledge, skills, practical laboratory experiences, and crime scene evidence collection and interpretations.
The Forensic Entomology thesis program has specific courses identified to enhance the understanding, provide needed learning, and prepare the student to conduct analysis in cases that have entomological evidence. The amount of coursework required will depend on the nature of the degree the applicant holds (Entomology-based degrees could qualify applicant for fewer required courses). Students choose among a variety of courses of varying credit hours to come to the required number of credit hours.
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