Criminal Investigation Undergraduate Certificate

Crime scene investigation equipment.

Solve crime in your community

Take classes on forensic science, criminal psychology, homicide and more. 

Explore best practices for evidence collection. Expand your knowledge of probable cause. Improve how you work with suspects, witnesses and victims.

Learn the steps of crime investigation

Careers and outcomes

In an expanding job market, this certificate helps you stand out among your peers.

You’re preparing for roles in potential careers at organizations like:

  • FBI
  • U.S. Marshals
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
  • State and local police departments

Criminal Investigation

This certificate is jointly offer by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the School of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences. The certificate is designed for students interested in pursuing criminal justice careers that require investigatory skills. The curriculum covers fundamental investigative principles and strategies, the application of forensic science techniques to case solving, and motivating factors underlying criminal behavior. Students will understand how arrest procedures, rules of evidence, leads and informants, and witness interview and suspect interrogation are integrated into the criminal investigation process.

This certificate is administered by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Program requirement (15 hours)

  1. CRM 314(3), CRM 336(3), CRM 382(3).
  2. Six hours from: ANT 363(3), CRM 333(3), CRM 334(3), CRM 335(3), PSY 505(3), PSY 525(3).
  3. All candidates must satisfy the General University Certificate Requirements.

Completion requirement

Attain a GPA of 2.50 or higher in courses used to fulfill the certificate requirements.

Choose your certificate

  1. Become a Bear: Apply to Missouri State (if you're not already a current student).
  2. Contact the Academic Advising and Transfer Center to declare a certificate in criminal investigation.