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The Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) program is designed to expose students to both the intricacies of problem solving and the real-world application of forensic science. The curriculum provides students with a solid foundation within the forensic sciences while encouraging growth and leadership in new and emerging applications within the field.

About the Forensic Science Program

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The Master of Science in Forensic Science program is limited to those applicants possessing undergraduate degrees containing a strong science background. The program is designed to attract students at a multidisciplinary level. Students with undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry and pre-medicine are appropriate candidates for admission.

In recent years, film and television have introduced our society to the once-closed world of forensic science, shedding light onto the multidisciplinary approach necessary to allow our criminal justice system to operate properly.

The Forensic Science program is a two-year program that is completed in a fall and spring semester format in each year. The program is completed with a minimum of 45 credits. Depending upon the concentration and student preferences, additional credits may be accumulated for graduation.

The program requires study in the areas of law, science, professional courtroom testimony, research, ethics and crime scene investigation techniques. These courses are followed by specialized study in one area during the second year.

Our program is unique in several ways:

  • All of the coursework is taught by working professionals who are employed in the disciplines and fields in which they are teaching our students.
  • Our program is highly laboratory and practically orientated. Our faculty stresses a strong hands on approach to learning.
  • Students engage in graduate level research that contributes to the knowledge base and/or improves practice in the forensic sciences.
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After completion of required coursework students may study in any of the following concentrations:

  • Molecular biology
  • Forensic medicine

To graduate from the Forensic Science program, candidates must successfully complete all program coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

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Thank you to for naming our Master of Science in Forensic Science program as one of the top forensic science degree programs in the country based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. Read more about the ranking in an April 16 story from Lab Manager: "Best Master's in Forensic Science Degree Programs for 2021"

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