Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The Master of Science degree in Forensic Science requires completion of 41-43 credits of coursework and the writing of a research-based thesis.  Students take a required core curriculum of 24 credits designed to cover fundamental concepts central to forensic science as a discipline. Students fulfill remaining credits in elective courses and courses in a selected specialization.

A variety of electives are offered in order to provide a well-rounded course of study that introduces students to the identification and analysis of different types of evidence, to analytical techniques in a forensic laboratory, and to additional forensic sub-disciplines such as crime scene investigation, forensic anthropology and firearms analysis.

Students also choose one of three specializations offered by the department: criminalistics, forensic toxicology, or molecular biology.  The specialization coursework for criminalistics and forensic toxicology includes an introduction to forensic DNA technology.  Credits vary with each specialization for a total of 11-13 credits.

To fulfill the thesis requirement, students work with a faculty advisor to conduct research in a forensic field. The research culminates in the writing of a thesis that is approved by the department.

For a complete list of program requirements, see this program’s entry in the Graduate Bulletin.