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This unique degree program prepares students from various backgrounds for work in the field of forensic audio and video analysis utilizing the state-of-the-art methods and technology necessary to fight crime in the digital age. Housed within the National Center for Media Forensics (NCMF), this program is unique in that it represents the only graduate level education in audio and video forensics in the country.
Students from all disciplines (media production, electrical engineering, general forensics, etc.) are encouraged to apply, as this program enhances scientific inquiry while guiding students through a three-semester cohort curriculum. Classes feature faculty from around the country and emerging avenues of exploration and related legal topics needed in report preparation for expert witness testimony. Digital media evidence acquisition through computer forensics applications will be emphasized in an environment that fosters creativity and individual skills. The capstone of this program will be a research thesis of the student’s choosing under the advisement of the director and associate director of the center as well as an advisory board of forensic professionals from around the world. The thesis will be a topic of exploration throughout the program and will serve to enhance a graduate’s specialty as they enter the work force in private forensic practice, corporate research and development, academic research and teaching, or crime labs on the local, state or federal levels.
Note: the application process, requirements and deadlines for the master of science in recording arts emphasis in media forensics will differ from those listed for the traditional MSRA program. Please refer to the National Center for Media Forensics Web site for up-to-date information regarding application process, requirements and deadlines.
The master of science in recording arts emphasis in media forensics comprises 34 semester hours of credit: 30 hours are required courses and 4 hours are thesis. Courses must be completed with a B/3.0 or higher to count toward degree progress. Students are admitted to the program in the fall as a cohort and must follow the curriculum in sequence. Students who do not complete the program in sequence must reapply.
Curriculum and application requirements for the MSRA-MF program are under development and subject to change. Please refer to the National Center for Media Forensics Web site for up-to-date information regarding curriculum and application requirements for the emphasis in media forensics.