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M.S. Forensic Pattern Analysis Academics

Forensic Pattern Analysis encompasses a range of academic disciplines that apply the knowledge, techniques, and technology to the investigation of crime and the courts of law, and the curriculum encompasses six departments of academic focus, providing both breadth and depth in education and training.

Students engage with subjects ranging from philosophy to biology and take courses such as introductory and advanced topics in fingerprints, mock trial, forensic entomology, quality control and assurance, writing, and ethics. Traditionally, graduate forensic science programs focus heavily on preparation for students for careers in forensic biology, toxicology, and crime scene investigation. What makes Loyola’s program unique is an emphasis on comparative sciences, especially latent prints.

Program Requirements beginning Fall 2024

Current Program Requirements

The degree consists of 41-46 graduate credit hours. Requirements for the major and an example of a typical program of courses are as follows:

Required courses: 32 credits
FO 500
FO 530
FO 610
FO 630 

FO 650
FO 675
FO 700
FO 710 
FO 780
FO 790 or FO 791 or
FO 792 
WR 626 or WR 625 

Forensic Studies Seminar Series+
Biological and Forensic Science Laboratory Quality
Control and Assurance
Forensic Pattern Evidence
Mock Trial for Forensic Pattern Evidence
Statistics in Forensic Science
Advanced Topics and Techniques in Fingerprints
Pattern Evidence Recognition & Statistical Methods
Forensic Pattern Analysis Internship or Research or 
Independent Study*
Technical Writing or Professional Writing

1 cr. (3 cr. total)
3 credits
4 credits
3 credits

4 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
4 credits

4 credits

 Elective Courses: choose three (3) courses from the below list 

9-14 credits 
FO 600
FO 651
FO 656
FO 657 
FO 677
FO 685
FO 690
FO 695
FO 700
FO 715
FO 750
FO 752
FO 773
FO 781
FO 785
GB 705
PL 611
ST 681

Crime Scene Investigation
Forensic Entomology w/lab
Biological Forensics
Biological Forensics Lab
Death Investigation
Intro to Firearms & Toolmarks Analysis
Topics in Forensic Science#
Crime Scene & Evidence Photography
Statistics in Forensic Science
Forensic Anthropology
Forensic Cognitive Psychology
Forensic Science Errors & Wrongful Convictions
Special Topics in Forensic Biology#
Cold Case Investigation
Advanced Firearms & Toolmarks Analysis
Leading and Managing People
Probability and Statistics 

4 credits
5 credits
3 credits
2 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
4 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits

    Total 41-46 credits

+FO 500 A minimum of three seminars are required. 
#FO 690 and FO 773 May be repeated once for credit.
*FO 790 / FO 791 / FO 792 can be fulfilled by an internship, research, or an independent study approved by the graduate program director, and may be repeated for credit, with approval.

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Theresa Allen
Director of Program Operations
Forensic Science Graduate Programs