Master of Science in Recording Arts,
Emphasis in Media Forensics

The National Center for Media Forensics offers a Master of Science in Recording Arts emphasis in Media Forensics (MSRA-MF) degree program. This program 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.

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

MSRA-MF 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 MSRA-MF degree in a minimum of two and a half years.

MSRA-MF coursework prepares students for research, teaching, or forensic practice in the investigative application of scientific methods aiding the criminal and civil justice systems. The culmination of students’ activity will be a thesis project relating to an area of interest in which the student will have concentrated their research.

 

COURSE TOPICS

  • Audio/Image Enhancement and Authentication
  • Recovery and Processing of CCTV Systems
  • Image Comparison and Photogrammetry
  • Speaker Recognition
  • Computer Forensics
  • Mobile Phone Forensics
  • Principles in Forensic Sciences
  • Research Techniques
  • Criminal and Civil Litigation
  • Court Testimony

 

POST GRADUATION EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Federal law enforcement
  • State and local law enforcement
  • Academic research and education
  • Private forensic practice
  • Corporate research and development