Students who complete the graduate program are able to demonstrate the following competencies:
The MS in Forensic Science has a strong emphasis on applied learning, providing preparation for immediate employment. Students also gain invaluable communication, problem solving, and critical thinking that position them for future success.
Madonna’s Office of Career Development is dedicated to supporting you in preparing for career opportunities upon graduation.
The Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science prepares individuals possessing a forensic or natural science background with advanced research competencies to serve as members of an interdisciplinary team in forensic investigations. Individuals will be prepared to conduct complex investigations leveraging their expertise in scientific methods of investigation.
This program is specialized to the individuals’ area of field concentration, and provides tracks in biology, chemistry, or pattern evidence criminalistics.
Demonstrate a specialized body of knowledge and research competencies required for advanced forensic science research
Gain additional knowledge in crime scene practice through Madonna’s Criminal Justice program.
M.S. National University
B.S. Madonna University
B.H.S. Ferris State University
Ms. Jessica Zarate, MS is currently an assistant professor in the FEPAC accredited undergraduate Forensic Science Program at Madonna University teaching forensic science coursework including impression and pattern evidence. She was a Michigan certified police officer for eight years and is the inventor of the Zar-Pro™ Fluorescent Blood Lifters (US Patent 8,025,852 B2).
She has worked in impression analysis, for over 9 years, including during her time as a Police Officer with the Northville City Police Department when she collaborated with Michigan State Police Northville Forensic Science Laboratory, Latent Print Unit with research and development in the area of impression enhancement.
Her research work is focused within the impression evidence discipline, publishing on a fluorogenic method for lifting, enhancing, and preserving bloody impression evidence, recovering bloody impressions from difficult substrates, including from human skin, and defining methods to create consistent and reproducible fingerprint impressions deposited in biological fluids on a variety of substrates.
Ph.D. Wayne State
M.S. Syracuse University
B.S. Madonna University
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Ph.D. McMaster University
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