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Forensic Science (MSFS) Curriculum

The Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) program is a two year graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree. The coursework introduces the student to the physical, biological and legal applications of the forensic sciences within the context of our criminal justice system. Specific courses currently give the opportunity to choose between three areas of concentration: molecular biology, criminalistics and a clinical forensic medicine concentration. A variety of summer internships encompassing public, private and academic domains allow students to experience and network within the forensic community.

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Most program courses are offered at Drexel University College of Medicine's Center City Campus. However, during the second year, some courses may be held at Drexel's University City Campus in West Philadelphia.

Program Level Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Forensic Science program will achieve eight program level outcomes that describe the skills, competencies and knowledge gained through completion of the program curriculum.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal aspects and standing of forensic science within the Judicial System
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the criminal justice system and its components including the courts, prosecutor’s office, defense office, juvenile justice, law enforcement and corrections
  • Demonstrate familiarity and expertise within their field of scientific endeavor
  • Demonstrate competence with instrumentation and equipment relative to their field of scientific analysis
  • Demonstrate sound communication skills and the ability to express scientific ideas effectively using appropriate technical language
  • Demonstrate the ability to work within a multidisciplinary field that engages with multiple science platforms, professions and technologies
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate physical evidence from a multidisciplinary and multi-science point of view. Applying accepted processing protocols leading from the least destructive methodologies to the most destructive methodologies thus ensuring the continuity of the physical evidence
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with all of the divisions of a crime laboratory including biology, chemistry, comparative sciences, crime scene unit, evidence control and quality control/quality assurance
Scientist performing criminal science lab research.