How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply, submit an application online.

Call (212-237-8863) or email (graduateadmissions@jjay.cuny.edu) the Graduate Admissions Office at the college for any questions regarding the admissions review process.

The Master of Science in Forensic Science program accepts applications for the Fall semester only. Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary institution, or international equivalent, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants typically have a combined GRE score of 297 or higher (150+ Quantitative Reasoning and 147+ Verbal Reasoning) and a score of 3.0 or higher on the GRE Analytical Writing section.

In addition, applicants should have successfully completed the following undergraduate STEM coursework:

  • one year of biology
  • one year of general chemistry
  • one year of organic chemistry
  • one year of calculus
  • one year of physics
  • one semester of biochemistry
  • one semester of physical chemistry
  • one  semester of statistics  

 

Students may be conditionally accepted while missing up to three of the 13 pre-requisite courses, provided that these courses are successfully completed in parallel to their graduate coursework. Students who are deficient in more than three courses should contact the Program Director, Dr. Mechthild Prinz (mprinz@jjay.cuny.edu) to discuss the option of taking pre-requisite courses as a non-degree or second-degree undergraduate student.

In addition to having a strong interest in natural sciences and applied research, a solid undergraduate background in a STEM field, and enthusiasm for public service, Forensic Science master’s students are committed to a high standard of personal conduct. The following is an excerpt from the National Institute of Justice 2004 report on education and training in forensic science:

Because forensic science is part of the criminal justice system, personal honesty, integrity, and scientific objectivity are paramount. Those seeking careers in this field should be aware that background checks similar to those required for law enforcement officers are likely to be a condition of employment. The following may be conducted and/or reviewed before an employment offer is made and may remain as ongoing conditions of employment (this list is not all inclusive):

  • Drug tests.
  • History of drug use.
  • Criminal history.
  • Personal associations.
  • Polygraph examination.
  • Driving record.
  • Past work performance.
  • Credit history.
  • Medical or physical examination

 

For the full text of the National Institute of Justice 2004 report, please click here.