How do I get an Online Forensic Degree?

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  • Written By: S. Gonzales
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 11 October 2018
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Interest in forensic degrees has increased over recent years. As a result, many colleges have responded to the interest by making forensic degrees easily attainable by the average person. Though "forensics" is a general discipline, there are specific areas of study that a student can concentrate on including toxicology, serology, DNA study and forensic chemistry. Despite availability, many students choose to go the route of the online forensic degree. If you're considering tackling an online forensic degree, use the following tips to find a good school and program.

Those who seek an online forensic degree should be wary of colleges that profess to offer valid degrees, but really don't. Accreditation is an important part of the online education experience, or else time, money and effort will be lost. Look for colleges that are legitimate and accredited so that you'll be able to find a job after you complete the program.

Decide what kind of degree you want. An online forensic degree can come in the form of an associate's, a bachelor's or a master's. Each degree type requires different amounts of time to complete and may vary significantly in curriculum and program structure.


Look for related programs at good online schools. Chances are that if you can find great online programs for criminal justice, private and criminal detective or forensic psychology degrees on a school's website, a forensic degree of the same caliber isn't far. Investigate the roster of online degrees that a school offers to see if it has the degree program of your choice. Additionally, you may have better luck with results if you look at technical schools, two-year schools or schools that emphasize science degrees.

Ask people who work in your desired field. Interview graduates of online schools who now hold a forensic degree. Schools will usually provide lists of former students if you ask for them. Inquire about the usefulness of the degree and whether they're happy with their position now. You may also want to call professionals who work in the forensics field and ask them where they went to school to see if the same school now offers an online version of the program.

Don't be put off if you can't find a program for an online forensic degree. A degree in biology, criminology or chemistry can help you jump-start your career in forensics. Some employers may hire graduates who hold these degrees and then give them on-the-job training.



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