MS Media Forensics

The Master of Science in Media Forensics (MSMF) prepares students from various backgrounds for work in the field of forensic audio, video and image analysis, utilizing the state-of-the-art methods and technology necessary to fight crime in the digital age. Housed in the National Center for Media Forensics (NCMF), this program is unique in providing a hybrid format (online and onsite) graduate education in forensic multimedia analysis.

MSMF classes are presented in a hybrid format combining mostly online learning with a small portion of concentrated in-person classes in a two-year cohort curriculum. With a maximum of 6 credit hours per semester and 5 weeks total spent in residency over two years, this format allows for students to work full-time while pursuing the degree. Classes are comprised of online self-guided lectures, interactive learning, discussion boards, reading responses, and scheduled video conferencing. Onsite coursework provides students hands-on and practical experiences which augment and enrich the curriculum. Additionally, experiential learning activities include visits to regional crime labs and scientific conferences to understand the application of forensic media technology and laboratory procedures. This course of study allows students to complete the MSMF degree in a minimum of two and a half years.

MS Media Forensics Application

Admission to the MSMF program is competitive. The MSMF program accepts students in the fall only. Admission decisions are made by committee and are based on the entirety of the applicant's submitted materials and the strength of the pool of applicants in each admission cycle. Admission to the program is contingent upon:

  • Formal documentation of an earned bachelor's degree in a related field. (International students must document an equivalent.) Field of prior study is open
  • For international students, submission of evidence of English Language Proficiency. Please contact the Office of International Admissions for more information.
  • Strength of application components as they relate to:
    • Scientific competency
    • Writing skills
    • Desire to work in the field of digital and multimedia forensic analysis
    • Strength of academic/professional background
    • Strength of references through letters of recommendation

Application Components

Required application components include:

  • Graduate Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Two (2) Writing Samples
  • International Applicants Only: Evidence of English Language Proficiency (contact the Office of International Admissions for more information)

Applications that do not include all of the requirements or that include partial components are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

International applicants are encouraged to visit the Office of International Admissions website for detailed information.

Application requirements are subject to change. Refer to the National Center for Media Forensics MSMF program website for detailed information and updates regarding the application process and requirements.

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$17,789 Per Year

International student tuition fee

1 Year


Aug 2024

Start Month

Jul 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • August 2024
  • January 2025
  • August 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time