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  • Forensic Investigative Studies

    Forensic Investigative Studies

Program Code:FOR
Credential Awarded:Seneca Certificate

Program Description

Designed specifically for front–line investigations, you’ll gain forensic knowledge from recognized experts in their respective fields. Your courses will deliver specialized skills and knowledge for an exciting career in forensic and criminal investigations.

The part–time program delivery allows you maximum flexibility. You’ll be able to begin your studies at any time with most courses. It is not necessary to wait for the traditional start of a term.

This program is offered in partnership with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (B.C.I.T.).

The courses are offered in two ways depending on the time of year and the availability of the instructors:

  • Monday to Friday , 8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m. for one week = 45 hours of class time
  • 5 consecutive Saturdays, 8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m. = 45 hours of class time

Program Completion Time:

This varies individual to individual and when in the calendar year a student starts. There are 10 courses required in total with 4 being mandatory and you select 6 electives from the list. The mandatory courses are offered every year and the electives are rotated. Most students take about 14 months if they do all the courses concurrently with no break.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • College or University diploma, degree, or certificate in any discipline.


  • Students are required to be highly literate in the English language, both written and oral, and possess good analytical skills to be successful in this program.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.

Your Career

Forensic Science has made it possible to detect, investigate and prosecute offences in ways never previously possible. This has resulted in requirements for advanced skill development by investigators accompanied by higher standards set out by the courts. Earn a certificate in Forensic Investigative Studies part–time and you may find enhanced career opportunities as a police officer, police investigator, (i.e. Forensic Identification, Scene of Crime Investigation, etc.), corporate and government investigator, and other public safety professionals.


Students who wish to enroll in Forensic Investigative Studies courses must apply directly to Seneca College.
International Students: Since this program is considered to be a part time program, please contact our International student's department to inquire about eligibility.

New students are required to fill in two forms:

  1. Program Application Form: for admittance into the program.
  2. Course/Workshop Registration: to specify the course which you wish to enroll in.

Returning students are only required to fill in the Course/Workshop Registration form.

Supporting Documentation for new students:

  1. Program Application Form
  2. Official Transcript(s) (for applicants utilizing academic credentials)
  3. Letter from your Human Resources Office (if required)

Submitting Forms(s): Completed forms, along with any supporting documentation must be delivered to the Admissions Department at the King Campus.

Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required documentation is submitted to Seneca College for final approval. Applications are processed only when all required documentation have been received. Do not send partial or incomplete application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a job in Forensics with just this certificate?
Most Forensic positions available in Ontario require more than just this course. Forensic is such a broad field and it encompasses not only the policing field, it also can be applied to so much more: nursing, paramedicne, child workers, psychologists, dentistry, body recovery services, the coroner’s office, etc. You name it, if you need an expert in the field to speak in a court room setting, chances are they have a forensic specialty as well.

Does the college help me find a job?
We do have a career services department at the college where employers can post their job availabilities. Our Career Services department can speak more to this question.

What kind of placement will I get and where?
This program does not have a placement option.

Are any of the courses offered through distance education/online?
At this time, all the courses for this program are offered in a face-to-face format only.

When can I start as the information states a "flexible start"?
The flexible start means you can start at any time during the calendar year with any course, as long as there is no prerequisite required.

Is this program offered on a full time basis?
Currently we only offer this program on a part time basis. Full time programs in Forensic Sciences are offered at a few Ontario Universities and BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) does offer some of their programs on a full time basis.

What does this partnership with BCIT mean? How do I apply there for continuing education?
To apply to BCIT and their programs, you would need to contact them. The partnership we have with them allows for the transferability of courses taken at Seneca to be used as transfer credit in their related courses in their various programs. Keep in mind that you need to apply to BCIT to continue your education there.

What types of work opportunities might I find after completing this program? Do I need further education to be employed in this field?
Many of the students in this program are already working in the policing, nursing, paramedic, firefighting and psychology field already and are using this program for advancement. To work in the "forensic" field in any discipline will require more education, as forensic is the specialization. A little research into the discipline you would like to pursue will provide you with more details and educational requirements.

Further Education

Graduates of this program who are accepted to BCIT will receive transfer credits towards BCIT’s:

  • Advanced Specialty Certificate (Forensic Science Studies)
  • Bachelor of Technology (Forensic Investigation)

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


A total of ten courses are required for completion of this certificate.

Required Courses:

Course Course Name Hrs/Wk
FRS500 Criminal Law for Forensic Investigators 9
FRS501 Introduction to Forensic Science 45
FRS503 Forensic Interviewing I 30
FRS510 Expert Witness Preparation 45

 Elective Courses:

Course Course Name
(Students will choose 6)
FRS502 Forensic Anthropology - Rural Crime Scenes 45
FRS504 Forensic Behavioural Science 45
FRS505 Forensic Video Technologies 45
FRS507 Geographic Profiling I 45
FRS508 Forensic DNA Evidence for Investigators 45
FRS509 Principles and Methods in Fingerprint Identification 45
FRS511 Environmental Forensics 45
FRS512 Cybercrime 45
FRS513 Aircrash Recovery 45
FRS514 Introduction to Forensic Health Sciences 8.5
FRS515 Wounds and Blunt Force Trauma 8.5

Contact Us

For more information, please visit:
Program Coordinator: Nycole Harding
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55129
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