Forensic Science

Major: Forensic Science
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 42.0- 43.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 43.0106
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
19-4092

About the Program

The Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) program is a two-year graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree. Students in this program will gain theoretical and practical expertise in various aspects of forensic investigation. Graduates from the MSFS program will be prepared to work as analysts in forensic laboratories or in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry and gain a foundation for additional degrees in science and healthcare.

The core curriculum, taken by all students, provides foundational skills in forensic chemistry, biology, criminalistics, statistics, and law. For enhanced study, students can further specialize through concentrations in Molecular Biology or Forensic Medicine, leveraging the areas of expertise within the College of Medicine. Students will also complete a thesis-quality mentored research project in an area of their interest within the different disciplines represented at the College.

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

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MS in Forensic Science Program must have completed a four-year BA or BS degree program with a focus in biology, chemistry or related disciplines with undergraduate coursework in biology, general and organic chemistry, physics, mathematics, or related subjects. Although a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 system is strongly desired, applicants with a lower cumulative GPA will be considered based on overall experience, such as research and/or professional, and other strengths that are demonstrated in the application.

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 GRE or other standardized test scores (e.g. MCAT test scores)
  • A personal statement describing the interest in this field, personal goals and career aspirations
  • International applicants (non-United States citizens) must meet the same requirements for admission as students from the United States. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate the ability to speak, write, and understand the English language by submitting an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or IELTS.

Contact information

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

Ms. Safia Dias
215.762.4283
shd42@drexel.edu

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

Degree Requirements

Requirements 

Required Core Courses:
MFSP 541SFundamentals of Forensic Chemistry3.0
MFSP 542SFoundations of Physical Evidence3.0
MFSP 550SBiological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences2.0
MFSP 575SIntroduction to Criminal Law and Trial Process3.0
MFSP 602SProfessional Courtroom Testimony & Moot Court3.0
IHS 514SMolecular Biology & Biochemistry of the Cell3.0
MFSP 589SForensic DNA Analysis4.0
MFSP 572SForensic Research Project I1.0
MFSP 573SForensic Research Project II3.0
MFSP 598SForensic Research Project III4.0
MFSP 592SForensic Graduate Seminar2.0
IHS 510SIntroductory Biostatistics2.0
or IDPT 501S Biostatistics I
Select 9 credits from the following: For a concentration in Molecular Biology or Forensic Medicine, complete the coursework required for each concentration. For general study, complete 9 credits of coursework from either concentration or additional electives with Program Director approval. 9.0
Total Credits42.0
Forensic Medicine Concentration
Required Coursework
MFSP 551SHuman Function3.0
MFSP 552SStructure of the Human Body3.0
MFSP 554SPrinciples of Forensic Pathology3.0
Total Credits9.0
Molecular Biology Concentration
Required Coursework
MFSP 577SGenetics for the Forensic Scientist2.0
MFSP 579SForensic Microbiology2.0
MFSP 580SPrinciples of Immunology2.0
MFSP 597SForensic Serology3.0
Total Credits9.0
Additional Electives
MFSP 553SHuman Structure Lab1.0
MFSP 555SForensic Sciences Summer Practicum3.0
MFSP 556SForensic Anthropology and Topics in Human Identification3.0
MFSP 557SDrug Chemistry2.0
MFSP 558SInstrumental Analysis2.0
MFSP 578SForensic Photography3.0
MFSP 581SHuman Osteology and Calcified Tissue Biology I3.0
MFSP 582SHuman Osteology and Calcified Tissue Biology II2.0
MFSP 583SThe Autopsy in Clinical Forensic Medicine2.0
MFSP 584SIntroduction to Forensic Radiology2.0
MFSP 585SClinical Forensic Emergency Medicine and Traumatology2.0
MFSP 587SIntroduction to Forensic Psychology2.0
MFSP 588SAdvanced Topics in Cell Biology2.0
MFSP T580SSpecial Topics in Forensic Science1.0-4.0
IHS 513SScientific Writing for Healthcare Professionals2.0
CHEM 755Mass Spectrometry *3.0

Sample Plan of Study

General Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredits
MFSP 541SFundamentals of Forensic Chemistry3.0
MFSP 542SFoundations of Physical Evidence3.0
MFSP 550SBiological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences2.0
MFSP 575SIntroduction to Criminal Law and Trial Process3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
IHS 514SMolecular Biology & Biochemistry of the Cell3.0
MFSP 589SForensic DNA Analysis4.0
MFSP 572SForensic Research Project I1.0
IDPT 501S
or IHS 510S
Biostatistics I
Introductory Biostatistics
2.0
 Term Credits10.0
Second Year
Fall
MFSP 573SForensic Research Project II3.0
MFSP 602SProfessional Courtroom Testimony & Moot Court3.0
Select courses from concentration or additional electives5.0-6.0
 Term Credits11.0-12.0
Spring
MFSP 598SForensic Research Project III4.0
MFSP 592SForensic Graduate Seminar2.0
Select courses from concentration or additional electives4.0
 Term Credits10.0
Total Credit: 42.0-43.0

Specific Plans of Study for Concentrations

Molecular Biology Concentration

First Year
FallCredits
MFSP 541SFundamentals of Forensic Chemistry3.0
MFSP 542SFoundations of Physical Evidence3.0
MFSP 550SBiological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences2.0
MFSP 575SIntroduction to Criminal Law and Trial Process3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
IHS 514SMolecular Biology & Biochemistry of the Cell3.0
MFSP 589SForensic DNA Analysis4.0
IDPT 501S
or IHS 510S
Biostatistics I
Introductory Biostatistics
2.0
MFSP 572SForensic Research Project I1.0
 Term Credits10.0
Second Year
Fall
MFSP 573SForensic Research Project II3.0
MFSP 602SProfessional Courtroom Testimony & Moot Court3.0
MFSP 597SForensic Serology3.0
MFSP 579SForensic Microbiology2.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
MFSP 598SForensic Research Project III4.0
MFSP 592SForensic Graduate Seminar2.0
MFSP 577SGenetics for the Forensic Scientist2.0
MFSP 580SPrinciples of Immunology2.0
 Term Credits10.0
Total Credit: 42.0

Forensic Medicine Concentration

First Year
FallCredits
MFSP 541SFundamentals of Forensic Chemistry3.0
MFSP 542SFoundations of Physical Evidence3.0
MFSP 550SBiological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences2.0
MFSP 575SIntroduction to Criminal Law and Trial Process3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
IHS 514SMolecular Biology & Biochemistry of the Cell3.0
MFSP 589SForensic DNA Analysis4.0
IDPT 501S
or IHS 510S
Biostatistics I
Introductory Biostatistics
2.0
MFSP 572SForensic Research Project I1.0
 Term Credits10.0
Second Year
Fall
MFSP 573SForensic Research Project II3.0
MFSP 602SProfessional Courtroom Testimony & Moot Court3.0
MFSP 551SHuman Function3.0
MFSP 552SStructure of the Human Body3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Spring
MFSP 598SForensic Research Project III4.0
MFSP 592SForensic Graduate Seminar2.0
MFSP 554SPrinciples of Forensic Pathology3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 42.0
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