Forensic Science

Forensic scientists work at the intersection between science and law. Many provide health-related expertise to contribute to investigations and legal debates. They use biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics to help protect people, serve justice, and promote public health. Forensic scientists often work in crime laboratories or environmental monitoring laboratories. They sometimes have to testify in court about the results of their analyses. They specialize in a wide range of areas, such as forensic biology, forensic chemistry, forensic pathology, or forensic toxicology. Within each of these areas, forensic scientists may further specialize (e.g. forensic botany, forensic entomology, trace evidence, blood analysis, DNA technology, etc.).

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Student Resources

Professional Associations and Accreditation

Entrance Exam

Master's programs in forensic science typically require the GRE as an entrance exam. If interested in a specific program, inquire with that program about entrance exam requirements. Learn more about the GRE here.

Selected Regional Programs

Important Note:

Consult the admissions/application web pages of the professional programs for information on required pre-requisite courses and admissions tests, application procedures, and application deadlines. Some professional/graduate programs will not accept AP or CLEP credits, online courses, or correspondence courses for the core science and math pre-requisite requirements. Many programs also require that all pre-requisite coursework be completed within a certain period of time, e.g., within 5 years prior to application. Policies vary by school and program. Be sure you know the requirements