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MS in Forensic Science

The Master of Science in Forensic Science is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for careers in local, state and national forensic science laboratories. The program also serves as preparation for doctoral instruction in several disciplines.

This program is designed for science graduates interested in pursuing a science-based graduate curriculum that includes a research project and thesis completion under the direction of a faculty member. 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 degree 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 Sciences (AAFS) for Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) accreditation.

Career Outlook

The goal of this program is to graduate scientists who can work as forensic science practitioners conducting casework examinations, or to provide advanced science education to students interested in continuing their education towards a research degree (PhD) or another terminal degree such as a JD.