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:
19-4092

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 $75.00 fee
  • Official transcripts from each college and/or university attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (two must be academic)
  • Official MCAT or GRE test scores

Contact information

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

Ms. Amanda Mangano
215.762.8217
amangano@drexelmed.edu

Division of Interdisciplinary and Career-Oriented Programs
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
Drexel University College of Medicine
Forensic Science Program
245 North 15th Street, Mail Stop 344
New College Building, Room 4104
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192

Degree Requirements

Requirements 

Required Core Courses:
MFSP 540SBasic Laboratory Techniques and Quality Assurance/Quality Control3.0
MFSP 550SBiological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences2.0
MFSP 557SDrug Chemistry2.0
MFSP 561STechniques of Crime Scene Investigation3.0
MFSP 564SForensic Comparative Science3.0
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
Concentrations and electives17.0
Complete one concentration and free electives for a total of 17.0 credits
Criminalistic Concentration (14.0 credits):
Arson and Explosive Analysis
Latent Fingerprint Analysis
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Firearms and Tool Mark Analysis
Forensic Photography
Molecular Biology Concentration (14.0 credits)
Biostatistics I
Molecular Biology & Biochemistry of the Cell *
Genetics for the Forensic Scientist
Forensic DNA Analysis
Forensic Serology
Forensic Medicine Concentration (13.0 credits)
Human Function
Structure of the Human Body
Human Structure Lab
The Autopsy in Clinical Forensic Medicine
Introduction to Forensic Radiology
Clinical Forensic Emergency Medicine and Traumatology
Chemistry (12.0 credits)
Analytical Chemistry I **
Analytical Chemistry II *
Organic Chemistry I **
Mass Spectrometry **
Experimental Design and Statistics in Chemistry **
Instrumental Analysis
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
Criminal Investigative Analysis II
Special Topics
Total Credits45.0
*

 May be listed asIHS 999S

**

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


Sample Plan of Study

General Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredits
MFSP 540SBasic Laboratory Techniques and Quality Assurance/Quality Control3.0
MFSP 550SBiological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences2.0
MFSP 561STechniques of Crime Scene Investigation3.0
MFSP 575SIntroduction to Criminal Law and Trial Process3.0
Concentration or Elective2.0
 Term Credits13.0
Spring
MFSP 557SDrug Chemistry2.0
MFSP 564SForensic Comparative Science3.0
MFSP 572SForensic Research Project I3.0
MFSP 576SEthics for the Forensic Scientist2.0
Concentration or Elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Second Year
Fall
MFSP 573SForensic Research Project II1.5
MFSP 592SForensic Graduate Seminar1.5
Concentration or Elective7.0
 Term Credits10.0
Spring
MFSP 574SForensic Research Paper1.0
MFSP 602SProfessional Courtroom Testimony Moot Court3.0
Concentration or Elective6.0
 Term Credits10.0
Total Credit: 46.0

Specific Plans of Study for Concentrations

Molecular Biology Concentration

First Year
FallCredits
MFSP 540SBasic Laboratory Techniques and Quality Assurance/Quality Control3.0
MFSP 550SBiological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences2.0
MFSP 561STechniques of Crime Scene Investigation3.0
MFSP 575SIntroduction to Criminal Law and Trial Process3.0
Elective2.0
 Term Credits13.0
Spring
MFSP 557SDrug Chemistry2.0
MFSP 564SForensic Comparative Science3.0
MFSP 576SEthics for the Forensic Scientist2.0
MFSP 572SForensic Research Project I3.0
IHS 514S*Molecular Biology Biochemistry of the Cell3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Second Year
Fall
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
MFSP 573SForensic Research Project II1.5
MFSP 592SForensic Graduate Seminar1.5
MFSP 597SForensic Serology3.0
Elective2.0
 Term Credits10.0
Spring
MFSP 574SForensic Research Paper1.0
MFSP 577SGenetics for the Forensic Scientist2.0
MFSP 589SForensic DNA Analysis4.0
MFSP 602SProfessional Courtroom Testimony Moot Court3.0
 Term Credits10.0
Total Credit: 46.0
*

 May be listed as IHS 999S

Chemistry Concentration

First Year
FallCredits
CHEM 530*Analytical Chemistry I2.0
MFSP 540SBasic Laboratory Techniques and Quality Assurance/Quality Control3.0
MFSP 550SBiological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences2.0
MFSP 561STechniques of Crime Scene Investigation3.0
MFSP 575SIntroduction to Criminal Law and Trial Process3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Spring
CHEM 531*Analytical Chemistry II2.0
CHEM 789*Experimental Design and Statistics in Chemistry2.0
MFSP 557SDrug Chemistry2.0
MFSP 564SForensic Comparative Science3.0
MFSP 572SForensic Research Project I3.0
MFSP 576SEthics for the Forensic Scientist2.0
 Term Credits14.0
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 541*Organic Chemistry I2.0
MFSP 558SInstrumental Analysis2.0
MFSP 573SForensic Research Project II1.5
MFSP 592SForensic Graduate Seminar1.5
Elective3.0
 Term Credits10.0
Spring
MFSP 602SProfessional Courtroom Testimony Moot Court3.0
MFSP 574SForensic Research Paper1.0
CHEM 755*Mass Spectrometry2.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 46.0
*

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

Forensic Medicine Concentration

First Year
FallCredits
MFSP 540SBasic Laboratory Techniques and Quality Assurance/Quality Control3.0
MFSP 550SBiological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences2.0
MFSP 552SStructure of the Human Body3.0
MFSP 553SHuman Structure Lab1.0
MFSP 561STechniques of Crime Scene Investigation3.0
MFSP 575SIntroduction to Criminal Law and Trial Process3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Spring
MFSP 557SDrug Chemistry2.0
MFSP 564SForensic Comparative Science3.0
MFSP 576SEthics for the Forensic Scientist2.0
MFSP 572SForensic Research Project I3.0
Elective2.0
 Term Credits12.0
Second Year
Fall
MFSP 573SForensic Research Project II1.5
MFSP 592SForensic Graduate Seminar1.5
MFSP 551SHuman Function3.0
MFSP 583SThe Autopsy in Clinical Forensic Medicine2.0
Elective2.0
 Term Credits10.0
Spring
MFSP 574SForensic Research Paper1.0
MFSP 584SIntroduction to Forensic Radiology2.0
MFSP 585SClinical Forensic Emergency Medicine and Traumatology2.0
MFSP 602SProfessional Courtroom Testimony Moot Court3.0
Elective2.0
 Term Credits10.0
Total Credit: 47.0

Criminalistics Concentration

First Year
FallCredits
MFSP 540SBasic Laboratory Techniques and Quality Assurance/Quality Control3.0
MFSP 550SBiological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences2.0
MFSP 561STechniques of Crime Scene Investigation3.0
MFSP 575SIntroduction to Criminal Law and Trial Process3.0
Elective2.0
 Term Credits13.0
Spring
MFSP 557SDrug Chemistry2.0
MFSP 564SForensic Comparative Science3.0
MFSP 576SEthics for the Forensic Scientist2.0
MFSP 572SForensic Research Project I3.0
MFSP 578SForensic Photography2.0
 Term Credits12.0
Second Year
Fall
MFSP 562SArson and Explosive Analysis3.0
MFSP 563SLatent Fingerprint Analysis3.0
MFSP 573SForensic Research Project II1.5
MFSP 592SForensic Graduate Seminar1.5
Elective2.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
MFSP 602SProfessional Courtroom Testimony Moot Court3.0
MFSP 574SForensic Research Paper1.0
MFSP 565SFirearms and Tool Mark Analysis3.0
MFSP 571SBloodstain Pattern Analysis3.0
 Term Credits10.0
Total Credit: 46.0
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