The Master of Science in Forensic Science is designed to provide advanced education for scientists, administrators, directors and other professionals currently employed in crime laboratories, medical examiners’ offices and in such related areas as public safety, arson investigation, and environmental protection. The program also prepares people who are interested in entering such careers. Drawing from the areas of chemistry, biology, physics, and law, the program involves the mastery of techniques for the laboratory and the courts. The curriculum meets an urgent national need for broadly trained forensic scientists.
The master’s program offers specializations in criminalistics, molecular biology, and forensic toxicology. Within these three areas, sub-specialization is available through electives offered periodically at John Jay College or (with permission) at the CUNY Graduate School and University Center.
The Masters Program in Forensic Science is now accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). This accreditation attests that the program fulfills a rigorous set of standards covering for example faculty qualifications, core curriculum content, and quality of forensic science research.
The Master of Science in Forensic Science only accepts applicants for the Fall semester. Click on To apply to the master’s program link (lower left) for additional application information.
The typical admitted student has a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, 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 Analytical Writing section.
- Crime Laboratory Specialist
- DNA Analyst
- Pharmaceutical Research
- Forensic Chemistry
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Last updated January 27, 2018