Kynten Hannon '11

Forensic Entomology Master’s Program

The master’s degree in Forensic Entomology is a thesis option. The thesis-based program requires a minimum of 32-40 credit hours of coursework, including 10 credit hours of research-based study. The research portion of the degree will consist of a set, required number of hours of research supporting your thesis. There are a number of options available to the students through the variety of courses being offered.

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?

Real-world experience

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.

Unique locations

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.

Career preparation

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. 


  • 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

  • Affordable

  • All courses have a hands-on component--learn by doing!

Assistantships Available

Graduate Assistantships

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 up to $13,000 and may include tuition and fee assistance.  Graduate Assistants gain important experience by assisting professors in their teaching and research.  The specific details of your assistantship will be determined by your supervisor.  You will be expected to devote a predetermined number of hours every week to your assigned 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.  For more information about Graduate Assistantship opportunities contact Dr. Anne Perez at


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.




For more information or to register:

Roger Michels '13

Roger Michels '13

SJC graduate student, Forensic Science 


"I like the Forensic Science master's program because it allows a hands-on approach and courtroom experience. Also, SJC has a firearms examination program as part of their master's, which no other college currently has."

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