Forensic Science

Major: Forensic Science
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 43.0106
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies offers the Master of Science in Forensic Science. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a set of core courses that serve as an introduction to the many facets of forensic science as well as an essential foundation for several more specialized disciplines in the field. There are multiple options for specialization, and courses required for each of the concentrations enable students to acquire specialized knowledge on topics that are directly related to their specific areas of interest and career goals.

For more information about this program, visit the College of Medicine's Master of Science in Forensic Science web page.

Admission Requirements

The forensic program is limited to those students whose undergraduate degree contains a strong background in the natural sciences. The program is designed to attract students at a multidisciplinary level. Students are required to have an undergraduate degree in the natural sciences. A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 system is desired; however, supplemental materials and overall experience are factored into the acceptance process. The following must be submitted for consideration:

  • Application with $65.00 fee
  • Official transcripts from each college and/or university attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official MCAT or GRE test scores

Contact information

For additional information on how to apply for this program, contact:

Ms. Amanda Mangano

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
Drexel University College of Medicine
Forensic Science Program
245 North 15th Street
Mail Stop 344, Rm. 4104
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192

Degree Requirements


Required Core Courses:
MFSP 550SBiological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences2.0
MFSP 557SDrug Chemistry2.0
MFSP 561STechniques of Crime Scene Investigation3.0
MFSP 572SForensic Research Project I3.0
MFSP 573SForensic Research Project II1.5
MFSP 574SForensic Research Paper1.0
MFSP 575SIntroduction to Criminal Law and Trial Process3.0
MFSP 576SEthics for the Forensic Scientist2.0
MFSP 592SForensic Graduate Seminar1.5
MFSP 602SProfessional Courtroom Testimony & Moot Court3.0
MFSP 564SForensic Comparative Science3.0
MFSP 540SBasic Laboratory Techniques and Quality Assurance/Quality Control2.0
Concentrations-Complete one concentration and free electives for a total of 18 credits18.0
Criminalistic Concentration:
Arson and Explosive Analysis
Latent Fingerprint Analysis
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Firearms and Tool Mark Analysis
Forensic Photography
Molecular Biology Concentration
Genetics for the Forensic Scientist
Forensic DNA Analysis
Biostatistics I
Molecular Biology & Biochemistry of the Cell
Forensic Serology
Forensic Medicine Concentration
The Autopsy in Clinical Forensic Medicine
Introduction to Forensic Radiology
Clinical Forensic Emergency Medicine and Traumatology
Human Function
Human Structure With Lab
Chemistry Concentration
Instrumental Analysis
Analytical Chemistry I *
Analytical Chemistry II *
Organic Chemistry I *
Mass Spectrometry *
Experimental Design and Statistics in Chemistry *
Elective Courses:
Students select electives from the following list with the approval of a program director.
Introduction to Scientific Writing
Principles of Forensic Pathology
Forensic Sciences Summer Practicum
Forensic Anthropology and Topics in Human Identification
Techniques of interview and interrogation
Vehicle Accident Reconstruction and Analysis
Footwear and Tire Track Analysis
Nuclear/Biological/Chemical Terrorism
Forensic Microbiology
Principles of Immunology
Human Osteology and Calcified Tissue Biology I
Human Osteology and Calcified Tissue Biology II
Introduction to Forensic Pediatrics
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Special Topics in Cell Biology
Homicide Investigation
Criminal Investigative Analysis I
Cyber Crime
Total Credits45.0

Course numbers that do not have an S suffix are quarter courses but the credits have been converted to semester values.

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