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Master of Forensic Science (MSFS)

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Program overview
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Master of Forensic Science (MSFS)

The Master of Science degree in Forensic Science is a Purdue University degree offered in the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program.

Forensic science is the application of scientific methods and processes to matters that involve crime or the public. The Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program combines the best of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, along with criminal justice and law.

The M.S. in Forensic Science requires 30 credit hours of study beyond the baccalaureate level. The thesis option can be completed in two years. It is designed for students seeking careers as professional forensic scientists who desire employment in the criminal justice field or a related area.

Students who chose the thesis option are encouraged to identify a thesis topic with the help of the FIS faculty as soon as possible. It is normally expected that the research and write up of the thesis will take at least one year of the program. Collaborative research projects with local forensic science laboratories are encouraged. Thesis research done in conjunction with a crime lab must be approved by the student's thesis director at IUPUI.

Admission requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in chemistry, biology, forensic science, pharmacology/toxicology, or a related science
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 for all undergraduate work
  • The GRE general exam (University code is 1325)

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Program content

Core courses

  • Current Issues in Forensic Science
  • Advanced Forensic Microscopy
  • Legal Issues in Forensic Science
  • Forensic Science Seminar Series

Additional required courses for forensic biology concentration

  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Biology Lab
  • Population Genetics

Additional required courses for forensic chemistry concentration

  • Forensic Chemistry I
  • Forensic Chemistry I Lab
  • Forensic Chemistry II
  • Forensic Chemistry II Lab

Scholarships & funding

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Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indiana, USA, is considered the state’s premier urban research university. Combining the resources of two prestigious universities with a downtown location, IUPUI offers students the opportunity to earn a respected degree from Indiana University...

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Why study at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

There are students from over 140 countries represented on campus, making us one of the most diverse in the nation. Additionally, IUPUI is the only university in the United States with two universities on one campus, meaning you get the benefits of being both an Indiana University (IU) and a Purdue University student. Depending on your major, you receive either an IU or a Purdue degree.

You can receive a world-class education, large merit-based scholarships, and study close to major business hubs that frequently recruit students for internships and jobs. Lastly, this is a great location for anyone that would prefer living in a city instead of a college town.

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Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

902 West New York Street
46202 Indianapolis Indiana
United States of America

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