Academics

IFRI offers four Academic Programs in Forensic Science

The Certificate in Forensic Science is an Undergraduate Program

Dr. Anthony DeCaprio (E-Mail)
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Director, Forensic Science Certificate Program

The Certificate in Forensic Science when coupled to a BS in Chemistry or Biology is accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Forensic Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC)http://fepac-edu.org/accredited-universities

The undergraduate Certificate in Forensic Science is designed to educate students who want to pursue a laboratory career in the forensic sciences. This program is designed primarily for FIU chemistry or biology majors but may also be completed by graduates of other institutions who meet all the pre-requisite and program requirements. FIU B.S. chemistry or biology majors who complete the program receive a certificate accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). Find out more here. You may also contact the IFRI secretary (Pupi Tomassini) at: 305.348.6211 or (btomassi@fiu.edu).

The Master of Science in Forensic Science is a Graduate Program

Dr. Jose Almirall (almirall@fiu.edu)
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Director, International Forensic Research Institute

The Master of Science in Forensic Science is accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Forensic Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC)http://fepac-edu.org/accredited-universities

Important Information for Graduate Students

This program is designed for science graduates who are interested in pursuing a science-based graduate curriculum that includes a research project and thesis completion under the direction of a faculty member in the university. Practicing forensic scientists may take courses at FIU (and transfer up to 6 credits from another institution), and conduct the research project in their laboratory. Short courses (1-2 weeks) and web based courses have been developed to allow non-resident students to complete the M.S.in F.S. in approximately 2 years. This program is designed to meet the requirements of the DNA Advisory Board for DNA analysts in the Technical Leader position (for DNA track students) and meets the criteria of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) for FEPAC accreditation of graduate programs. Application deadline for Fall admission is March 1st of every year. Find out more here. You may also contact the IFRI secretary (Pupi Tomassini) at: 305.348.6211 or (btomassi@fiu.edu).

Master of Science in Forensic Science students may elect to pursue the REPORT OPTION while resident at FIU. A complete description of the admission and completion requirements for the MS in Forensic Science, including the Report Option is available for download from the University Graduate Catalog:

Click here for Forensic Science Course Catalog

Professional Science Master's in Forensic Science

Dr. Tatiana Trejos (Email)
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Director of Professional Science Masters in Forensic Science
Assistant Director of Academic Programs

PSM Forensic Science Brochure

The PSMFS at FIU is an innovative program that enables students to pursue advanced training in the forensic sciences while developing highly valued management skills. The program provides a cutting-edge online curriculum in forensic science with coursework in management that is designed to provide professional development opportunities. In addition, the PSMFS students will have access to state-of-the art laboratory instrumentation and research facilities through their participation in hands-on workshops, taught by expert faculty. The program also requires a final project that is a “real-world” internship in a forensic science private or public sector enterprise. Please contact Dr. Tatiana Trejos at psmfs@fiu.edu or visit psmfs.fiu.edu for more information of this new and exciting graduate track in our program

The Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Forensic Track is a Research Program in Forensic Chemistry

Dr. Watson Lees (leeswj@fiu.edu)
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chemistry Graduate Program Director

or

Dr. Jose Almirall (almirall@fiu.edu)
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Director, International Forensic Research Institute

Important Information for Ph.D. Students

This program is administered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at FIU and is designed for B.S. Chemistry graduates who are interested in pursuing a research-based graduate curriculum that prepares future researchers in the chemical sciences with a particular emphasis in forensic chemistry. The application deadline for Fall admission is Feb. 15 of every year. Find out more here. You may also contact the Chemistry graduate secretary (Maggie Autie) at: 305.348.3596 or (Email).

Active and Alumni Students

Information related to our student success can be found here.