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Master of Science in Forensic Science

Universities in this section have active programs leading toward a formal Master of Science in Forensic Science.


Dr. Ray H. Liu

Department of Justice Sciences

Graduate Program in Forensic Science

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University Station

Birmingham, AL 35294
Phone: (205) 934-2069
Home Page:http://www.uab.edu/graduate/documents/areas/forensic

Requirement: 42 or 48 semester hours, Thesis/Non-Thesis option

Internship (6-12 hours credit) under either option

Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships.

In-state tuition rate available to students from certain states.

Specialization Areas: Trace Evidence

Forensic Biology/DNA

Drug Chemistry


Dr. David Rowley, Chairman

Department of Forensic Sciences

The George Washington University

2036 H Street N.W. (202) 994-7319

Washington, DC 20052 Net: www.gwu.edu/~fors/

Requirement: 30 semester hours plus Thesis (6 credit hours) and written Master's Comprehensive Examination

A limited number of Graduate Research Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships are available

Specialization Areas: Forensic Serology

Forensic Toxicology


Dr. Peter R. DeForest or Debbie Nelson

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

City University of New York

445 West 59th Street (718) 846-2667

New York, NY 10019 Net: www.jjay.cuny

Requirement: 30 semester hours and Thesis or 33 hours and one year individualized research project.

Assistantships and Adjunct Lecturer positions available


Dr. Terry W. Fenger

Director, Forensic Science Program

School of Medicine

Marshall University (304) 696-7335

1542 Spring Valley Drive FAX: (304) 696-7354

Huntington, WV 25704-9388 www.marshall.edu/admissions/programs.html

Specialization Areas: DNA Technology Toxicology/Drug Analysis

Internships with Department of Public Safety

Participation in University research projects

Dr. Howard Harris, Director

Forensic Science Program

University of New Haven

300 Orange Avenue

West Haven, CT 06516 (203) 932-7000


Requirement: 40 credits including either an Internship, Research Project or Thesis

Teaching and Research Assistantships available

Specialization Areas: Criminalistics

Advanced Investigation

Fire Science

Professional Certificates also offered (see Part III)


Related or Equivalent Programs


Master of Science in Criminalistics

Mr. Anthony Longhetti

Department of Criminal Justice

California State University - Los Angeles

5151 State University Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90032 (213) 343-4610/4616

Requirement: 45 units including Thesis

Dr. Robert E. Gaensslen

University of Illinois - Chicago

College of Pharmacy (312) 996-0888

833 South Wood Street FAX: (312) 996-0098

Chicago, IL 60612-7231 Net: www.uic.edu/pharmacy/depts/forensicsci/

Requirement: 48 quarter hours including Thesis (12 quarter hours mimimum) and oral exam.

Internship (4 quarter hours) for student without equivalent work experience.

Note: This program has been reinvigorated. Active support is provided by the Illinois State Police, who have a laboratory on the campus.




Master of Forensic Sciences

George Washington University (see above)

Requirement: 36 semester hours and written Master's Comprehensive Examination

Program designed for students interested in Forensic Science but lacking a physical or life Science undergraduate background.

Essentially equivalent to M.A. Degree


Dr. Thomas M. Green, Director

Forensic Science Program

National University (619) 642-8439

11255 N. Torrey Pines Road www.nu.edu/catalog/grad/grad.html

La Jolla, CA 92037 e-Mail: tgreen@nunic.nu.edu

Requirement: 60 quarter units. Course format: one course/month, two nights/week 5:30-10:00 = 5 quarter units.

Financial Aid: student loans, grants and graduate fellowships



M.S. in Chemical Toxicology

George Washington University (description under M.S.F.S.)


Forensic Science Concentration

in a Criminal Justice Program

Master's degrees in Criminal Justice are offered at many institutions but most have limited emphasis on forensic science. Those below offer the option to focus on forensic science rather than more traditional criminal justice courses.


Dr. Samendra Basu

Department of Criminal Justice

Albany State College

504 College Drive

Albany, GA 31705 (912) 430-4864

Information on this program has been requested but not received.


Dr. Jay Siegel

Department of Criminal Justice

560 Baker Hall (517) 353-5283

Michigan State University e-Mail: siegelj@pilot.msu.edu

East Lansing, MI 48824-1118 Net: www.ssc.msu.edu/~FORENSIC/

Requirement: 52 credits with either Thesis or Policy Paper option

Information on the program is available on the MSU Forensic Program home page.


Dr. Jay S. Albanese, Chair

Department of Criminal Justice (804) 828-1050

Virginia Commonwealth University FAX: (808) 828-1253

816 West Franklin Ave. e-Mail: jsalbane@saturn.vc.edu

Richmond, VA 23284 Net: www.has.vcu.edu.crj

Requirement: 36 or 39 semester hours depending on program elected.

Program offered in conjunction with the Virginia Division of Forensic Science

with some courses at the VDFS Richmond Laboratory.

Specialization Areas: Drug Analysis


Trace Evidence



Master of Public Health

Concentration in Forensic Science


Dr. George F. Sensabaugh

Department of Biomedical & Environmental Health Sciences

School of Public Health

Earl Warren Hall

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 94720 (415) 642-1605

Requirement: 24 semester units including research project with a written report and oral presentation.

Graduate Fellowships, Nonresident tuition scholarships, Minority Program Fellowships, and other support available.

Note: Current status of program unknown.


Master of Science in Forensic Chemistry


Dr. Andrew J. Glaid or Dr. Charles L. Winek

Department of Chemistry

Duquesne University

Pittsburg, PA 15282 www.science.duq.edu/chemistry/gradprog.html#degrees

Requirement: 32 credits including seminar.

Conduct of a research project is optional.





Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology


John Jay College of CUNY (see under M.S.F.S)

Requirement: 36 credits plus externship (400 hours) or Thesis



Doctoral Programs


As far as can be determined, no formal programs leading directly to a doctoral degree in Forensic Science are currently active in the United States. The first two institutions below offer invidualized PhD programs which can be structured to produce such degrees. (see notes). Several additional universities, as indicated, offer programs at this level with specialties relating to the forensic field.


Dean of the Graduate School

Union Institute

440 E. McMillan Street (800) 486-3116

Cincinnati, OH 45206-1947 www.tui.edu/TUIhome.html

Note: Off campus study program. Recognition for credit toward degree requirements given for prior experience.

Minimum enrollment in program prior to granting of degree is 24 months. A relatively new program.


University of California, Berkeley

Doctor of Public Health (research in a forensic area)

PhD in Comparative Biochemistry, Genetics, Immunology or Environmental Health (with forensic emphasis in research)

Note: an ad hoc degree in Forensic Science may be available through petition, however, the current status of the program is unknown.


University of Alabama at Birmingham

Graduate Training Program in Forensic Science

Note: Doctoral level training program with degree granted in either Department of Biology, Chemistry, Molecular Cell Biology/Microbiology or Pharmacology and Toxicology

John Jay College

PhD in Criminal Justice with Forensic Science Concentration


University of Illinois at Chicago

PhD in Toxicology


See also: Universite de Lausanne (Switzerland)

University of Strathclyde (U.K.)

Istanbul University (Turkey)

As indicated previously, Chemistry Departments in a number of institutions offer opportunity for thesis research related to forensic chemistry. Universities with recent Chemistry thesis topics directly related to forensic science include:

Department of Chemistry

University of Alabama

Box 870336

Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0336

Contact: Dr. Wolfgang Bertsch

Department of Chemistry

Kansas State University www.ksu.edu/chem/

Manhattan, Kansas 66506 (785) 532-6665

Contact: Dr. C.E. Meloan FAX: (785) 532-6666

Department of Chemistry

University of Virginia

P.O. Box 3425

Edgemont Road

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Contact: Dr. Ralph O. Allen (804) 924-3622



Master of Science in Chemistry - Forensic Related Research

Department of Chemistry

George Washington University (see above)


Graduate Programs Outside the United States




Flinders University of South Australia

GPO Box 2100 +61 8 8201 2768

Adelaide South Australia FAX: +61 8 8201 3177

Contact: Ms Maria Stavrinakis e-Mail: maria.stavrinakis@flinders.edu.au


Masters and PhD Programs with research required are offered

Additional information is expected


Griffith University Net: www.gu.ed.au

Master of Forensic Science offered, 2 year program

Additional information requested



Master of Science in Forensic Science


Department of Forensic Science

University of Madras

Tamil Nadu

Note: the Tamil Nadu Forensic Science Laboratory is affiliated to the University for post- graduate teaching and research

Department of Forensic Science

Punjabi University

Patiala 147002

Contact: Dr. Rakesh Sharma

Department of Forensic Science

University of Sagar

Sagar (M.P.)


New Zealand

Master of Science

University of Auckland

Contact: Dr. D.A. Elliot e-Mail: douglas.elliot@esr.cri.nz

Co-ordinator Forensic Science


Mt Albert Science Centre

Hampstead Road

Mt Albert

Private Bag 92-021

Auckland, New Zealand

Program is run jointly by the University and ESR:Forensic, the suppliers of forensic services to the New Zealand Police. The full Master's program is normally two years (4 semesters). The first year covers a range of forensic topics including legal aspects of serving as an expert witness. Special emphasis is placed on statistical and other aspects of interpretation of science in the courtroom. This first year program can lead to a Post graduate Diploma if desired. For the Master's degree, the second year is devoted to research and a thesis.

A Certificate of Proficiency is also offered. (see Part III)



Philippine College of Criminology


Master of Science in Criminology

Program requires minimum 20 units of formal graduate courses, 10 units of thesis and oral examination. No graduate credit for courses with grade below 85%. Residency - two semesters minimum. A Fingerprint Science (Personal Identification) course is part of the curriculum but information on forensic courses offered is unavailable. Certificate programs in firearms and questioned documents are offered, so courses in these must be available.



Institute de Police Scientifique et Criminologie

Universite de Lausanne

Place du Chateau 3


Lausanne, Switzerland e-Mail: uniscope@unil.ch

Contact: Professor Pierre Margot Net: www.unil.ch

Postgraduate Degree in Chemical Criminalistics

Student must hold a bachelor's degree in science or forensic science or qualifications judged equivalent. Instruction is in the French language so proficiency in this language is required.

Postgraduate Degree in Questioned Document Analysis

Admission requirements same as above


PhD in Forensic Science

Student must hold a bachelor's degree in forensic science from the Institute or a degree judged equivalent.



Institute of Forensic Sciences

Istanbul University

Adli Tip Enstitüsü, 34303 Cerrahpasa

Istanbul, Turkey

Contact: Dr. Sevil Atasoy e-Mail: atasoy@turk.net

M.A., M.S. and PhD level programs in forensic science offered

For detailed information on the requirements of the program see:

Atasoy, S. et al

"Postgraduate Forensic Science Education in Turkey"

Journal of Forensic Sciences 1996, 41(2) 206-208 March


United Kingdom

King's College London


London WC2R 2LS

Contact: Dr. J.R. Dawson or Dr. N. Spencer

Department of Biochemistry

The M.S. in Forensic Science involves three course units, each unit including 48 hours of lectures and 96 hours of practical work. In addition, the student undertakes a practical project of 6-8 weeks during the summer. An undergraduate background in Chemistry and

Biochemistry and command of the English language is required for admission to the program.


Forensic Science Unit

University of Strathclyde

Glascow, Scotland G1 1XW www.strath.ac.uk/Departments/Chemistry/main.html

Contact: Dr. Brian Caddy

Specialization areas for the Masters program are Forensic Chemistry or Biology.

The program is approximately 20 weeks of full time work. There are no formal credits per se but students take courses and, when not in class, spend their time in the laboratory. A research project of about 4 months is conducted in a working forensic laboratory. Requirements include a videotaped moot court, two three hour theory papers, a week-long practical examination, a report on the research and an oral examination.

Partial Financial Assistance as loans and grants is available for U.K. students.

A PhD program involving a minimum of 33 months of full-time research is available. This program may require three or more years for completion.

A Diploma Program is also offered. (see Part III)

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