Top Forensic Science Graduate Schools

Review some important considerations for choosing a school with a good graduate forensic science program. Read about three top-ranked schools with programs related to forensic science, and explore some of the degree options they offer in this field. Schools offering Forensic Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Top Forensic Science Graduate School?

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences' (AAFS) Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) accredits schools that meet its academic standards of quality. You may also want to check out forensic science graduate degree programs offered by highly-rated criminology or pharmacy departments. Also consider access to forensics laboratories and internship opportunities. Some programs have relationships with federal and state agencies that allow you to gain practical experience and research skills while working with forensic science experts.

Do you have a specialty in mind? You may want to seek out programs that allow you to specialize in your area of interest. If you're interested in multidisciplinary approaches to the field, you might consider a program that allows you to take courses from other departments, such as chemistry, biology or anthropology.

What Are Three Top Forensic Science Graduate Schools?

Michigan State University in East Lansing

Michigan State University (MSU) offers a FEPAC-accredited graduate program in forensic science through the School of Criminal Justice. U.S. News & World Report ranked MSU seventh among graduate schools of criminology in 2009 and tied for 75th among national public universities in 2015 (www.usnews.com).

Master of Science in Forensic Science concentrations are available in forensic chemistry, forensic biology and forensic anthropology. Facilities include laboratories for chemical, DNA and skeletal analysis. Students also have access to research and internship opportunities at the nearby Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division laboratory. Depending on your objectives, joint doctoral programs can be arranged in disciplines such as analytical chemistry, biochemistry, genetics and anthropology.

  • Master of Science in Forensic Science

University of Florida in Gainesville

The University of Florida's (UF) College of Pharmacy, which offers the forensic science, drug chemistry and serology concentrations, tied for the fourteenth spot in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report for pharmacy schools; the graduate veterinary medicine program was ranked fourteenth in 2015 and offers the forensic toxicology concentration. These forensic science programs, all of which are offered online, won the 2006 Award of Excellence from the American Distance Education Consortium (www.adec.edu).

UF hosts the Maples Center for Forensic Medicine, which oversees the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory, the Diagnostic Referral Laboratory and the Forensic Toxicology Laboratory. The Maples Center, in partnership with the College of Veterinary Medicine, offers a master's degree in veterinary medical science. Graduate degree options include the following:

  • Master of Science in Pharmacy (MSPharm) - Forensic Science
  • MSPharm - Forensic Drug Chemistry
  • MSPharm - Forensic DNA and Serology
  • M.S. in Veterinary Medical Sciences - Forensic Toxicology
  • M.S. in Veterinary Medical Sciences - Veterinary Forensic Science

University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) forensic science program is offered by the College of Pharmacy. U.S. News & World Report ranked UIC's pharmacy school fourteenth in 2012. The M.S. in Forensic Science program is FEPAC-accredited. Students can choose electives that match their research interests, such as forensic biology or drug chemistry and toxicology. The Illinois State Police Forensic Science Command, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the IRS Forensic Chemistry Center, the Cook County medical examiner's office and the McCrone Research Institute all offer research opportunities to UIC's forensic science students.

  • Master of Science in Forensic Science

Other Schools with Forensic Science Graduate Programs

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
Arcadia University4-year, PrivateGlenside, PN
Pace University4-year, PrivateNew York, NY
Boston University4-year, PrivateBoston, MA
University of New Haven4-year, PrivateWest Haven, CT
Stevenson University4-year, PrivateStevenson, MD
Sam Houston State University4-year, PublicHuntsville, TX
George Mason University4-year, PublicFairfax, VA
Southern Utah University4-year, PublicCedar City, UT
University of Southern Mississippi4-year, PublicHattiesburg, MS
Alabama State University4-year, PublicMontgomery, AL

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