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University of Colorado Denver

National Center for Media Forensics

Media Forensics Graduate Program

Master's of Science in Recording Arts emphasis in Media Forensics

Media Forensics Graduate Students


The National Center for Media Forensics offers a Master’s of Science in Recording Arts emphasis in Media Forensics (MSRA-MF) degree program. This unique 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 online learning with concentrated in-person classes within a two-year cohort curriculum. With a maximum of 6 credits per semester and 7 weeks spent in residency over two years, this format allows for students to work full-time while going to school. Virtual classes will be comprised of online self-guided lectures, interactive learning, discussion boards, reading responses, as well as scheduled video conferencing. On-site coursework provides students hands-on and practical experiences which augments and enriches the curriculum. Additionally, experiential learning includes visits to regional crime labs and scientific conferences to understand the application of forensic digital and multimedia sciences 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 of Science 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 Lanugage Proficiency. Please contact the Office of International Admissions for more information.
  • Strength of MSRA-MF Application Components as they relate to:
      • Strength of MSRA-MF Application Components
      • 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


The MSRA-MF program is Fall-only admission. The deadline for application to the Master’s of Science in Recording Arts – Media Forensics (MSRA-MF) program is: April 1.

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