Students at East Tennessee State University completing this certificate will have gained knowledge in handwriting identification, print process identification, and the court system in the United States allowing them to seek employment and become certified as forensic document examiners.
The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers a graduate certificate in Forensic Document Examination, an online graduate certificate program was designed with working professionals in mind, offering the flexibility and convenience of online coursework led by the same faculty teaching on our campus.
The most common type of questioned document examination involves identifying the authorship of a written letter. It is also common for forensic document examiners to determine if an item originated from the same source as a known item, determine when a document was produced, and decipher information on a document that has been erased, hidden, or obscured.
Forensic document examiners may perform the following:
- Examine documents for signs that they have been forged or altered
- Compare signatures and handwriting through handwriting analysis to determine the authorship of documents
- Examine typed documents and link them to specific machines or computers (printing process examinations)
- Decipher the contents of documents that have been partially destroyed or altered
- Compare fractured or cut-edge comparisons on a variety of surfaces, including paper and tape
- Examine incidents of indented writing
- Perform alternate light source examinations to determine ink discrimination, alterations, and/or enhancements
Forensic document examiners commonly work in local, state or federal crime labs. A number of these professionals work through private investigative companies, although this type of work is generally geared toward civil cases. Forensic document examiners are also often called to testify as experts in criminal cases.
Information including curriculum and completion requirements can be found in the ETSU Graduate Catalog Entry for the Forensic Document Examination Graduate Certificate Program.
Credits to complete this program: 12 credit hours
|TN Residents||eRate (Out of State, 100% online)||Out of State|
|$610 per credit hour||$765 per credit hour||$1451 per credit hour|
*Note, tuition discounts are available for border county students.
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Steps to Apply
Step 1 - Create your ETSU Application Account
Step 1 Create your ETSU Application Account by choosing the "Sign Up" option
Step 2 - Sign into the ETSU Application Portal
Step 2 Sign into the ETSU Application Portal and select "Start a New Application"
Step 3 - Complete the Remaining Fields
Step 3 Choose "Graduate," select your student type (domestic or international), select "Certificate," term, then choose Forensic Document Examination and complete the remainder of the form.