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University of Colorado Denver

National Center for Media Forensics

Media Forensics Graduate Program

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.

MSRA-MF classes are presented in a hybrid format combining mostly online learning with a small portion of concentrated in-person classes within 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.

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.


  • 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


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


Admission to the MSRA-MF program is contingent upon:

  • Formal documentation of an earned Bachelor’s degree in a related field. (International students must document an equivalent.) Undergraduate degrees from other disciplines will be considered with proper support from application components.
  • Successful completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test.
  • For international students, submission of proof of English Language Proficiency. Please contact the Office of International Admissions for more information.
  • Strength of MSRA-MF Application Components as they relate to:
      • Scientific competency
      • Writing skills
      • Desire to work in the field of forensic media analysis
      • Strength of academic/professional background
      • Strength of references through letters of recommendation​​
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The MSRA-MF program is Fall-only admission. The deadline for application to the Master of Science in Recording Arts – Media Forensics (MSRA-MF) program is: April 1.


Below are the estimated student tuition rates and fees for the MSRA-MF program. These estimates do not include the costs of any travel, textbooks, hardware, software, materials, supplies, etc. These estimates are not binding and are intended to assist with general financial planning for students.

​      MSRA-MF Student Tuition and Fee Estimate​s
      Academic Year 2018-2019
​          Colorado Resident Students
​          Non-Reside​nt Students
​          International Students​​

Information about current College of Arts & Media graduate tuition rates and fees is available from the Bursar's Office. Tuition is set by the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado and is subject to change.


The CU Denver Financial Aid & Scholarships Office provides information about various types of financial support for students including financial aid, loans, and university scholarships.

Also, be sure to read more about and apply for the MSRA-MF program scholarship: The Sean P. Coetzee Memorial Scholarship.