Master's in Forensic Science: Online and Campus-Based Programs

Learn about forensic science programs at the masters level in both traditional and online formats, which will still usually include an on-campus internship or laboratory component. Get outook and salary info as well for forensic science careers. Schools offering Forensic Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Courses Will I Take in a Forensic Science Master's Degree Program?

Forensic science master's programs are multidisciplinary in nature and typically include the study of criminal justice, law, math, physics, biology and chemistry. Most programs will offer you the choice of specializing in forensic biology, chemistry or anthropology. Specific courses in a graduate-level forensic science program might include the following:

  • Entomology
  • Pharmacology
  • Trace evidence analysis
  • Physical evidence collection and preservation
  • Analysis of physical evidence
  • Medical anatomy
  • Molecular biology
  • Forensic serology
  • Human skeletal analysis

Some universities and colleges offer a Professional Science Master's Degree in Forensic Science. These programs typically require more credits and completion of an internship. You'll also take required business courses, such as economics, financial reporting and marketing, which can be beneficial if you're interested in management positions within the forensic science field.

Common Courses Economics, biology, anatomy, marketing, entomology
Learning Environments Traditional classroom and online degree options are available
Median Salary (2014) $55,360* (for all forensic science technicians)
Job Outlook (2014-2024) 27% employment growth

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Is this Degree Available Online?

Both regular and professional forensic science master's programs are available online. You'll take the same courses in an online program as you would on campus, but your classes typically will be delivered via the Web and video conferencing, and communication with your instructors and advisers will take place through chat rooms and e-mail. Any internship requirements can be met through approved opportunities in your community, and required lab work can be completed through Web-based modules or at a nearby laboratory.

What is the Job Forecast for this Career?

As a graduate of a forensic science master's degree program, you might find work with a crime laboratory, police department or medical examiner's office. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), career opportunities for forensic science technicians were expected to increase by 27% from 2014-2024, due to the increased need of forensic information to be reported in a timely manner. As of May 2014, the median annual salary for a forensic science technician was $55,360 (www.bls.gov).

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