5 Best Colleges for Forensic Science in the USA

Thanks to the success of shows like CSI, forensics-based college degrees and course programs are becoming ever more attractive. It’s slightly more important that even employers are interested in graduates that have these qualifications — so whether you want to swab blood for the Miami Dade Police or investigate stabbings with the NYPD, your best options are listed here. For more options, see more brilliant institutions here.


1. University Of California (Davis).

As the only provider of the degree in Forensic Science within the University of California system, this college offers an MS in forensic science with a specialization in criminalistics or DNA analysis. What’s more? It also provides (in our opinion) a highly-necessary foundation in the preparation of evidence and courtroom testimony.

And finally — and some would argue, rather critically — it achieves a high employment rating — some 85 percent of graduates from UCAL have gone on to be employed within the forensic field.


2. Boston Sate University (Boston, MA).

This University offers (1) one of the US’s few forensic courses taught at a major medical center and (2) masters-level research with an exceptional variety of forensics-related courses: bloodstain pattern analysis, forensic pathology and toxicology.


3. Syracuse University, New York.

Syracuse provides several degrees including Forensics (MS) and Forensic Science and Law (MS/JD). It has a rather comprehensive internship program, including placements or arrangements with the CIA, FBI and New York State Police. Worth noting: it was also listed as a 2011 “Best Northeastern College” by the Princeton Review.


4. George Washington University, Washington D.C.

George Washington (or “GW”) has a long-established forensics faculty — it was established in 1968. The Department at George Washington University proffers three principle degree concentrations: forensic chemistry, forensic molecular biology and forensic toxicology, as well as an MSc in Crime Scene Investigation for the able and willing.


5. Ohio University (Athens, OH).

Allegedly one of the longest-running forensics programs in the country, you should expect value-for-money at Ohio University. This college offers a rather wide array of employment opportunities and placements throughout the course. As the University itself is quick to point out, of those graduating with a science degree, an impressive 96 percent go on to employment.


And a last word of advice.

Each college has specific entrance requirements depending on which degree program you are interested in, what your goals and interests are, and what financial needs you have. Each school has an admissions information page that will answer most questions you will have, and after you have gone through them, go ahead and contact the guidance counselor or admissions specialist by using the contact information. They will be able to guide you specifically to a program that fits your skills, background and ambitions, and provide information on courses, living accommodations, special programs, fees, scholarships and perhaps even work-study programs.

These five schools are our top picks, but there are dozens of other colleges and universities in the US and the UK which offer programs in at least one of the forensic specialty areas. One of your top skills as a forensic specialist will be doing research. Flex those skills by searching out schools and programs that will suit your needs. And once you have your degree and are situated in your career, keep in touch with us, share interesting cases you will be involved with, and help us guide others like yourselves to a successful career in forensics.


Your Turn: Think we’ve missed your alma mater? Keen to point it out, are we? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.




  • kiera evans says:

    what gcses and how many a levels do you need to go on to do a degree in forensic science?

    • Hello Kiera, thanks for your comment. Your answer depends on which school you are applying to, and where you are in your educational journey at the moment. As you can see from the variety of forensic career options we are listing (forensic toxicology, forensic anthropology, etc.), different fields require different areas of preparation. Look at the various choices and see what attracts you the most, based on your interests and skills. Then, do searches on the schools that offer those courses in your country, and contact them. Counselors at the various schools are well prepared to take you through all of the criteria based on your aspirations and your circumstances.

      • ajay says:

        hi..am ajay from india..i have completed BDS here…am so much interested in forensic odontoogy.Is BDS recognised?? Is there any chance of me to do forensic science in any of the above mentioned schools?

  • Akash Navnath Gaikwad says:

    I like a Forensic Sience an careear in forensic.

  • Merewai Motea says:

    How much will it cost to study forensic analytic science in USCAL or Syracuse University, for how many years and what r the requirements to study there for a Fijian student like me?

    • Hello Merewai, thank you for your interest. We think that you will enjoy a career in Forensics, and it can be a very rewarding practice. As for the schools, your special circumstances and background will have an impact on what the costs, requirements and decisions you will have to make.

      While we could give you a brief overview, it would still be an extensive list and maybe not hit the points that are most interesting for you. Go to the website for the schools you are interested in – they are quite easy to find – and they have extensive information for new students, including guidelines about fees. Better yet, use one of the links on the school admissions pages to contact a guidance counselor. They will be very happy to work with you, perhaps even offering you options that are not published, and that we would not be privy to.

      Good luck with your career, and keep in touch with us about your experiences and ultimately, the interesting cases in which you will be involved.

  • Please all information about forensic study in usa ( tuition and fees for international studen)
    best regards

    • Thanks for reading our articles, and thanks for your inquiry. Your question is pretty broad, and therefore will be difficult to answer succinctly. Each of the schools we mentioned in this article, and dozens of others which offer forensic programs have different criteria and fees. You can easily find the school web sites using Google or your favorite browser search engine.

      Start with the top five we show you here. Each has an admissions page for potential students which will give you all of the most current criteria and usually fee structure. These pages may also give you advice on financial aid or scholarships. While we could give you general information for a few of the schools, we would have to look them up ourselves, and without knowing what your specific interest is, or your background, we could spend a lot of time giving you info that would not be appropriate.

      Once you find a school by doing your research (a very valuable forensic skill in its own right) you will automatically filter what you discover by focusing on what you want. Once you have narrowed your choices down, contact the school counselor listed on the admissions page. That person is the right one to give you everything you need to know to make good choices. Good luck, and we hope to see you in practice one day.

  • Kedar Upadhyaya says:

    Please give the details on the admission criteria at Washington and Ohio for masters in forensic science. Also, if possible, give the details on tuition fees and others for an international student for the above colleges.

    • Hello Kedar,

      Thanks for your inquiry. As I have mentioned to others, above, with your specific question, the best way for you to discover admission criteria is to visit the web pages of the colleges that interest you. There are very detailed facts that should be considered against your needs, qualifications and financial situation. While we could give you a list of facts that may or may not be pertinent, unless we know your specific wants, that answer would exceed the length of the article we wrote as a short guide to some schools we respect.

      Use your research skills (you will need them in your forensics career) and look up the admissions pages, better yet, contact the admissions counselor to discuss how you would fit and how the college could serve you. All of that info is readily available on the school’s web site.

      Good luck, and we hope that you fulfill the promise that these educational institutions can provide for you!

    • ahmed a.salihu says:

      info on Msc in forensic courses, tuition fees and employment

      • I’m not sure if there is a question here. But the information is available on line. One of the key skills of a Forensic Scientist is research. You need to select a school that you are interested in based on your skills, goals, budget, geography, previous studies and achievements and interests, then you can easily find the information that you need, and negotiate on your own behalf for any scholarships or assistance. We are an online Science Journal. We are not an agent for schools, or able to consult with you about schools. What we have written in many articles should give a potential student enough information to find a program within the parameters of his or her needs and assets. We can’t do this for you for many reasons. Good luck.

  • Paige Kramar says:

    I am interested in forensic science with the ambition of eventually joining the FBI and working for their Behavioral Analyst Unit. Which area of forensics study would be best suited for this and would it be helpful for me to attend a university in Washington, D.C.? If so, what schools would you recommend?

    • The Forensic Outreach Team says:

      Dear Paige,

      The programs you will want to investigate will relate to forensic psychology. There are quite a few good schools with programs in that field, and I suggest you search for that topic and see which ones best fit your needs. Once you have finished your bachelor’s degree, you may want to contact the FBI or another agency for an internship, and you will certainly want to apply for advanced studies, a doctorate or masters to set you ahead of your competition.

      There are programs in DC ranging from one at Argosy University to a master’s degree program at George Washington University at the Center for Professional Psychology there. You would need an undergraduate program in psychology initially.

      You have noble goals. It will take a lot of hard work, but your career will be quite rewarding. Good luck.

  • Abigail says:

    Hi, can you please make a list of the top 10-15 colleges for forensic chemistry please?

  • Amar Kumar says:


    I am an international graduate student currently enrolled in Maters in Biotechnology and chemical sciences but trensfreeing to Forensic science just for the sake of my intrest in Forensics, i want to inquire regarding the jobs for the international students after having a master degree in forensic sciences becaoz most of the job sector is composed under govt. bodies , so whats the prospective of getting a job?


    • Hello Amar,

      Your question is a good one, and depends on a lot of personal things that only you can know. Employers will want to see about your expertise and skills, your school performance, whether or not you have taken on an internship and many other factors in determining whether or not to hire you. However, it seems that you want to know if someone with a visa (like an H1 visa for working in the US) can be hired by a government agency. Different agencies have different regulations and restrictions. Some employers, if your performance is superb, may help you with the work visa application. However, each job will have different requirements. It will be best to go to the source. Find an agency that is listing a job that you are interested in. Contact them, explain your circumstances and ask them what the requirements are for a person with your qualifications and immigration status. Your college job counselors will also be able to help. With an expertise in science and a Masters in forensic science, you should have good prospects of landing the job you want.

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  • Albert Lara says:

    Hello, I’ve been interested in the Criminal Justice/ Forensic Science field for a while now, and I’m curious as to what are the different types of FS fields (anthropology, pathology.) Could you please tell me which types of FS fields are there, and possibly a brief description. I’d really appreciate it.

    • Hello Albert, We have already done that for you – and all of our readers! Look under our menu tab entitled “Forensic Science Colleges”. We have articles on how to become a Forensic Toxicologist, a Forensic Anthropologist, Ecologist, Pathologist and much more. Take a look and see what is appealing to you. There is also great information in our articles about internships, colleges (like the one you just read) and a lot more. Good luck in your new career.

  • shashikumar says:

    i am intrsed in forenssic science please call me what is the percentage required

    • Hello Shashikumar,

      Since we only report on the colleges and programs, and have no control over admissions or acceptance, we suggest that you contact the colleges you are interested in directly. Find out which ones appeal to you, then Google the admissions page. If your questions aren’t answered by the extensive information they post, contact them directly. Remember, doing quality and concentrated research to get the right answers is one of the best skills a forensic scientist will apply. use those skills and capture your career.

      Best luck

  • Camilla Ace Villamin says:

    Which school specializes more in training students who want to be a Crime laboratory analyst? Thanks

    • Hi Camilla,

      Crime labs contain many different scientists who have different specialties, depending on many factors – larger cities will have more work, unfortunately, than small towns and therefore will have more staff to cover certain specialties. Different countries will have certain procedures that can only be done by people with certain credentials. In a small town and a less funded lab, a generalist would have to know how to do primary analysis depending on what is traditionally needed and what lab equipment is available. Without a DNA sequencer, a Horizontal and vertical electrophoresis system, and a spectrophotometer (all very expensive devices) to do DNA searches, the lab will be sending DNA samples out to an independent lab.

      So, working backwards from the workplace, the schools we have found and written about in this and other articles have training programs for forensic specialties, all of which will give you skills to work in some area of analysis. Look at our articles about becoming a forensic specialist in pathology, anthropology, ecology, toxicology (we have more specialties coming up) and see what makes sense, which field is most attractive to you.

      This brings us to the schools. All of the schools we have reviewed specialize in training students to become successful in a forensic career. The difference is in geographic location and what programs are more emphasized. Only you know what your desires are and what interests move you, so go to Google and find each school to discover their program emphasis and specialty areas that match what you want. Then, send in your applications to all schools that fit your criteria.

      Good luck in your career.

      • Carmen T Alvarado Munoz says:

        Hi Douglas you really didn’t answer the question. Which College or University in the USA have the best facilities, training and preparation in all of forensic science specialization all in one place.
        Tere Alvarado

  • Sudheer Balla says:

    First of all thank u for helping all the aspiring students regarding forensic courses. I’m Sudheer Balla from India. I graduated BDS in 2009, and after that I did my masters in Forensic Odontology (MFOdont) in september 2013 from University of Dundee, Scotland, UK. Currently I’m pursuing PG Diploma in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science from University of Hyderabad, India.

    I’m writing this comment with great interest of mine in forensics in order to extend my expertise more into forensics by pursuing career either in forensic biology or forensic anthropology. I would like to know about the course eligibility requirements and let me know in general whether I’m eligible to apply for these courses or not.

    I would also like to know whether any of the universities offering PhD courses in forensic sciences

    Sudheer Balla

    • Congratulations on your achievements so far, Sudheer. Looks like you have come a long way and have a bright future ahead of you. As far as eligibility, course requirements and your personal eligibility, we don’t have that information for any of the schools we have mentioned as we are not an admissions office. Contact the ones we have highlighted (or search for more on your favorite search engine), go to their website and you will certainly find the answers to your questions. If not, the admissions staff can be contacted through the sites and I am sure they will be very helpful. With so many schools offering Forensic programs, and the programs evolving every day, we simply cannot keep track of all of them. Plus, we are busy working on other articles and subjects you will find quite interesting as you pursue your career. Keep coming back, and good luck with your career.

  • Thara says:

    Hi There!

    In India, the total years of education is 15 years (except for professional engg / med courses) before Masters against the 16 years commonly seen in US. So by the time you are done with a Bachelor of forensic science program, student would have completed 15 years of education. So could you please let me know if there are universities that accept 15 years of education for Masters in Forensic science?

    Thanks in advance,

    • Hello Thara, Admissions officers at individual schools will look at your course work and make a determination about how your credits will exchange and what will match their credits and which courses may not. It is up to the individual school, so contact the ones you like and introduce yourself. Good luck!

  • jayraj says:

    I think my question is odd…
    But… I’m in india..
    I’m a bachelor student of forensic…
    Ryt now I’m in second year…of forensic…
    I want to do M.sc.forensic in usa
    So can you tell me some name of college????
    And after complete m.sc. in usa can i do jobe in usa???
    Plese…answer me….
    I hope you can understand…

    • Hello Jayraj,

      Congratulations on your field of study. Yes, there are programs that offer Masters in Forensic studies here in the US. Read through my answers to questions like yours in the inquiries above. You can do a Google or Bing search for “Masters Forensics Programs US” and will get back a wide range of programs. Boston University, Michigan State are only two of the 137 Universities which offer masters programs in Forensic Science. While doing your basic research, look at the transfer requirements, costs for international students, financial assistance and placement services to help you get that job when you finish school. Good luck!

  • Lt Col Md Abdus Samad Al-Azad says:

    Respected Sir,
    With due respect & humble submission I would to info u that I am Lt Col Md Abdus Samad Al-Azad of Bangladesh Army. I completed my MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery) course from Sir Salimullah Medical College (in ranking 2nd best Medical College) in Bangladesh in 1996. Then I joined in Bangladesh Army in 1st January 1998. After that I obtained two degrees in Forensic science one is Diploma in Forensic Medicine (DFM) & another is Member of college of physicians & surgeons (MCPS). I stood first in both the courses. Another two degrees I have taken at my own interest one is FCGP & another is CCD.
    I am interested in molecular biology/Fingerprinting of forensic science with the ambition of eventually joining the FBI . Which area of forensic study would be best suited for this, Sir? I am Bangladeshi by born & want to study by scholarship, Would you please help me in this field sir?
    Profound regards
    Lt Col (Dr) Md Abdus Samad Al-Azad

    • Hello Lt. Colonel and congratulations on your achievements so far.

      Courses of study you should look into include law enforcement courses, forensic science, forensic biologist and more. Check with the FBI if that is your ambition and see what they require. You can then search the internet with your browser for schools that offer the programs that they recommend.

      As for scholarships, every school has different criteria. They each have counselors who can help you go through the process specific to your background, goals and experience.

      Good luck!


    I am graduate from Ghana who pursue BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in University of Cape Coast, Ghana who really wants to be a forensic scientist to help my country Ghana and the nation as a whole. I would be glad if you help me further my education to highest level.I have been at home since completing school and not doing anything at home. There is hardship and Ghana and I would be glad if helped. Thank you and hoping to hear from you at your earliest convenience?

  • T. Marie says:

    Im in my junion year of High School and im interested in Forensic Pathologys. Can you advise what are the best undergraduate schools in the North East USA. What are the best courses I should begin to take in college.

    Thank you

  • vineesha says:

    there is a good future for forensic in u.s.a tell me sir .give me best suggestion to change my life

  • Natalie says:

    I feel like I’m over stressing myself with trying to figure out this whole college app stuff. I’m a junior in high school and have aspired to have a career in forensics for the longest of times but now I’m conflicted. I have researched and requested information from numerous schools that offer forensics programs but they all seem to be different. Some say forensic chemistry others fall under the category of forensics/CSI. Is there a big difference? What would be the correct major for an aspiring forensic technician?

    • The Forensic Outreach Team says:

      Hi Natalie,

      Thanks for writing!

      First of all, don’t stress – you’ve come to precisely the right place. There are general forensic science degrees, and more specific degrees in forensic chemistry. The general degrees will give you a wider introduction all kinds of forensic science topics and issues – crime scene investigation, trace evidence (e.g. fingerprinting) and other specialties.

      The forensic chemistry degree will usually give you training through the lens of chemistry – with specific relation to chemistry – so you will have access to modules that are specific to chemistry as a core subject (e.g. toxicology or drug testing, arson investigation, etc).

      A more targeted degree is generally preferable. If you want to give us more information about the profession you want to pursue and the programmes you’re looking at, we’d be happy to help.

  • baishakhi says:

    I have completed my master’s degree in forensic science and i want to pursue a phd in forensic science or any related field. But unfortunately I couldn’t find any sufficient information on the internet regarding PhD in forensic science in USA. Can you name a few universities where I can enquire? It will be really helpful.
    thank you.

    • Hello Baishakhi,

      Maybe you did not look hard enough – there are over 138 different schools, university and certified online Masters programs in Forensic Science in the US, including the University of New Hampshire, Syracuse University in NY, The University of Maryland in Baltimore and so many more. Check out this link – http://bit.ly/1u27yxk.

  • Tyler Sanders says:

    I’m a junior in highschool, and I have been pondering the idea of pursuing a forensics career for a little over a year now. Specifically, I want to specialize in a blood analyst position, and I would like some information as to how to accomplish that in my studies in college. I have read that the requirements are usually an associates degree and 40 hours of specific blood analysis experience. Supposedly it’s quite a length process, and I would really appreciate it if you could specify exactly what I should study in college and how to start preparing myself for a Blood Analyst career.

    Thanks, Tyler

    • Hello Tyler (or should we say ‘Dexter”?,

      There is a lot out there about pathways to becoming a blood spatter expert. Here is one link – http://bit.ly/1o5GrA1 – Your job is to discover how to find a program local to you that will fill these needs.

      Good luck in your career. One day, we hope you will contribute articles and case studies to us at Forensic Outreach.

  • Sid says:

    Hello, I recently graduated from Medical school with MD degree. I have just finished giving my USMLE (United States Medical License Exam) steps required for residency training in the United States.

    As the common pathway for most U.S. physicians who wish to pursue professional qualification in forensic science is taking residency training in pathology and following that with forensic pathology, a forensic pathologist only in rare cases visits a crime scene, most of the time he is performing autopsies. On the contrary, I’m looking for a maximum exposure to crime scene and studying and identifying the evidences collected from the crime scene. I want to continue my education by applying for the graduate program in forensic science next fall.

    The question I have is as follows:

    As you know the the FEPAC (forensic science education program accreditation commission) only accredits a few forensic science programs in U.S. The forensic science programs (bachelor’s and master’s) of the colleges you have mentioned e.g. UCL, Davis, Syracuse University, Ohio University, Athens are NOT accredited by FEPAC.

    What are the advantage of programs that are accredited by FEPAC (e.g. BU, Acardia University, Penn State U, University of Illinois, Chicago) as opposed to those programs which are not accredited. Is this an important factor in securing an employment, because I read that employers especially give preference to those students who have completed a program that is accredited by FEPAC.


    • According to Ohio State Univesity – “FEPAC accredited programs have been rigorously reviewed and found to meet the standards for quality forensic science education. Choosing an accredited program is added assurance that your education will assist you in establishing a career in forensic sciences by meeting the requirements of employers in the laboratory. Keep in mind there are many fine forensic science programs that have not yet applied for FEPAC accreditation. If you are reviewing a program not yet accredited by FEPAC, compare the curriculum against the course requirements of a FEPAC accredited program. If they are comparable and fulfill the science and mathematics basics, you can feel comfortable that the program is a good one.”

      Understanding that not all schools have yet applied for the certification process, employers do take that into consideration as long as the courses and challenges are consistent with the FEPAC programs.

  • Rf says:

    hello, after watching many police program on TV, I dream to be a forensic scientist (fingerprint specialist) but I don’t have any background in Forensic because actualy, I work as an economist. Is it possible to find admission and start an new career in forensic.

    • Hello RF, yes, of course it is possible to change your career direction in order to have the job you love. Besides the obvious personal commitment to going back to school and possibly leaving your current job, and its economic impact and personal sacrifice, you will need to find the right school and seek admission. We don’t know where you live, so it is difficult to give specific advice, but we have published many pieces of advice about schools, programs and curriculums in this article and many others here on ForensicOutreach.com. Don’t forget to read comments in each article – many students have asked questions like yours and our staff have added tips and advice which also relates to your goals. The key category on our site that you will want to look into is ‘FORENSIC SCIENCE COLLEGES’ – one of the primary tabs on the top menu bar.

      Good luck on your transition.

      • Rf says:

        Thx Douglas, I am in Rwanda (central Africa), after wachting many police program, I realise that maybe many criminals cases are closed because of low level (or insufficien) of our forensic scientists. I will navigate the website of colleges to find which one accept my commitment and background.

  • Deepak Kumar says:

    Sir, I am doing Bsc.(medical) pass from a college in India and interested in doing MSC. in forensic science in criminology from USA. please tell me about the procedure of taking admission and am I eligible for this?

  • Valentina says:

    Hi, I’m a biology student in Italy,and i will be graduating on April 22. I’m looking for a Master Degree in forensic science, but is been very difficult to find the right school for me, since in Italy we have 3 years programs and the states has 4, sow same school do accept my bachelor degree as complete and same other no, then same school required the GRE witch is only possible to do it in the states, and for last since I’m foreign the enrol process is very long and most school have already close the application. Also looking in the web I did find many bachelor programs but I’m not interested in one, I looking to expand my experience. So can you please indicate me some school that are still open and there are not impossible to get in foreign students.

    thank you very much


    Valentina B.

    • Sorry Valentina, we do not have that level of detail on the colleges we have investigated. It does look like your search is taking you in the right direction. Keep Calm and Carry On. Best of luck!

  • Christina says:

    I’m looking at Forensic Science camps for a high school junior. Even with searching online for comments, it’s hard to tell from the descriptions which camps are serious and challenging. Any suggestions?

  • Lorraine says:

    I keep hearing there is a cut off date of 35 years old if you want to work in the Forensics field for most employers…Is this true? I am 32 and am seriously considering the field but don’t want to waste my time doing a bachelors in Forensics if I can’t find employment due to age constraints.

  • yash baroniya says:

    sir, currently I m student of bsc forensics n I want to do MSC from USA please can u suggest me some ideas…….thanks.

    • Yash – start by contacting the schools mentioned above. Guidance counselors and placement counselors are there to help you figure that out. If you don’t qualify, do an internet search on other schools with programs you are interested in and contact them.

      Good luck in your search.

  • puravi says:

    sir,i hv completd mah graduation in forensic right now m doin masters in forensic sciences..i want persue mah research nd phd there frm us cn u plzz suggest me abt the colleges who offer phd degrees in forensics. n hw can i apply foe the addmission

    • Puravi – take a look through the many articles we have published here about forensic higher education and see if one of those doesn’t answer your question. This will be a starting point. For more opportunities, use your research school and do some internet searches under those combinations and follow the trail from there.

      Good luck in your search.

  • Anjali Ashok says:

    Hello sir,
    I live in India and I have currently completed my 12th grade. I have an ardent desire to enter into forensic sciences but I am confused….
    Pls could you help me by suggesting me the various undergraduate courses that I could pursue.
    Thank you

    • Hello, we wish you luck on your search. AS you will discover as you look into forensic sciences, there is a broad range of specialties within the field, from medicine to anthropology, criminology to entomology. We can’t possibly answer your question here without specific needs on your part. But the good thing is, we don’t need to because we have already published all of the answers you will need, from what comprises a specialty area, to how to prepare to enter it – to forensic stories relating to the specialties. There are many posts on this website which will answer your questions,including articles about colleges, prepping for college in high school and classes to take, depending on which specialty you wish to take on – please go through the articles first, I am sure you will find the answers and more.

      Thanks for your questions.

  • Awosiyan TEMIDAYO says:

    I am an international intending student, a graduate of the department of Anatomy from a reputable university in Nigeria, please I would love if you could give me list of cheap schools in the United States of America that offers admission for masters degree in forensic sciences for international students. Thanks. Will be anticipatingly expect your swift response.

  • Akinyele Damilola says:

    I am an international intending student, a graduate of the department of Agricultural engineering from a reputable university in Nigeria, please I would love if you could give me list of cheap schools in the United States of America that offers admission for post graduate degree in agricultural engineering for international students. Thanks. Will be anticipatingly expect your swift response.

  • Ketki Bagwe says:

    I’m from India. I have completed my M.B.B.S. degree (degree in medicine) and now want to apply for a masters in forensic science. Do the colleges recognize a medical background as a valid undergrad degree?

    • Congratulations on your accomplishments, Ketki.

      Since you did not detail in which country you wish to apply for higher education, or which school presented you with a degree, and since many countries – and even many different Universities – have different criteria, we recommend that you define which school you want to attend, look at their program and entrance requirements, show them your qualifications and then ask them that question. While we cannot imagine why a college would not recognize a degree as proof of qualification, there are many factors involved by different schools which would impact your selection. For example, a degree from an online college from the Caribbean may not be recognized if you apply for a Doctorate at Yale University. Yet an undergraduate degree from Yale or an equivalent will most certainly get you in anyplace.

  • Verle Wright says:

    Are you familiar with Mercyhurst University in Eerie, PA, particularly in their Forensic Science/Criminalistics undergraduate program? I’ve heard they have a great program but not sure of the reliability of my source. Thank you

    • Contact the school and ask if you can speak to former students. Look up ratings and reviews on line. There are many ways to verify information – and you will need to develop those skills in your chosen profession.

      Good luck!

  • Shruthi Surendran says:

    Hello. I’m Shruthi from India.
    I wanted know if its alright for an engineering graduate to pursue a MS in forensics, since I’ve only been introduced to the subject superficially. I did my BE in biotechnology.
    Thank you.

    • The Forensic Outreach Team says:

      Hi Shruthi,

      We receive a large volume of comments regarding further studies in these disciplines, so unfortunately we’re not able to answer your question in detail. However, as a science graduate, you should be able to apply your current knowledge of biology to a graduate degree without any significant issues.

  • Gian Wu says:

    Hello! I’m from Taiwan.
    I have a bachelor degree in medical laboratory science and would like to study forensic science for master degree in the U.S. . Could you tell me some universities with great internship program that I can join and which can benefit me if I want to have a job in the U.S.? I know it’s hard for international students to find a job after graduating in this area because most of the organizations required u.s. citizens only.
    Thank you!

  • Neel Thakkar says:

    I will be completing a bachelors course in Biotechnology soon. I plan to pursue Masters in Forensic Sciences. I have already applied to all five of the above universities and i also meet all the eligibility criteria.
    I have a CGPA of 3 on a scale of 4.
    GRE score is 307
    TOEFL score is about 95
    I just wanted to know how do my chances look to get into UC Davis in particular and also Syracuse University
    Thank you

    • Hi Neel, congratulations.

      The only way to determine what your chances are at any of those Universities is to ask them. We have no information about criteria or input into these schools’ admission strategies, and even if we did, parameters can change based on criteria important to the school at any given time. Don’t be shy. Contact them.

      Good luck

  • puneethraj says:

    hi douglas, puneeth here plz can u help me out with the universities having masters and specialization in quetioned documents

    • Hello – the information has frown since we researched our article, and we have not yet gone into depth on questioned documents. That is a good idea for a future article. Your best and fastest solution is to do an internet search for Universities with specific criteria as you require.

      Good luck!

  • Sarah says:

    Hi I’m just getting into the field of forensic science specifically in bloodstain pattern analyst help!! I have not ever been to college before. I live in texas out in the country I’ve contacted several colleges but they don’t offer anything but criminal justice/crime scene investigation I’m not 100% on what courses to take but I know I want to get my bachelors do you know what courses I should take and if I can take them on line? Do you know of a college in texas near san antonio that would be good for a bloodstain pattern analyst too? Thanks.

  • akshatha says:

    hello..im from India ..and i wanna study forensic science…can you pleae list colleges which gives undergraduate degree as well as post graduate degree with fees that would be helpfull thank you

  • Nell says:

    This article is a great start for me!
    I’m looking to start attending college in Portland, Oregon for Forensic Toxicology. I’ve read various opinions on the kind of degrees which help to get you started in a career with forensics, ranging from majors in science, chemistry, biology, pharmacology and anthropology. Also just straight up taking Forensic Science to start[as long as it’s offered] and getting a degree in applied science.
    Do you have any sort of a recommendation of which kind of a related degree would help to give me a competitive edge or help booster a solid career in Forensic Toxicology? Thanks so much for your help!

    Regards, Nell

  • Priya says:

    I want to go in forensic field so for best career where should I study ? In India or in other country

    • We think the Forensic field is a dynamic one, but there are many different aspects of the sciences, and many different ways to enter the field, whether in India, the US, the UK, China, South Africa … everywhere in the world. Keep doing your research – starting with the various articles we have published here, and then on your favorite search engine. Once you start gathering your facts, in consideration of your needs and experience, you will know what you want to do and where is the best place for you to study.

  • Himanshi Srivastava says:

    Hi.. am himanshi from india..i have completed my graduation bsc forensic science(cgpa-7.9) from india itself…sir please do tell me whether am eligible to take admission in above mentioned universities…?

    • Congratulations! We can’t advise you as we don’t have your records. But that is the job of college admissions staff. You will get the answers you need when you contact each school and ask for the admissions department. Good luck!

  • fready says:

    hi am an experienced forensic surgeon(finshed master degree) from india(completed 250 autopsies so far).I have read the oppertunities ahead before me in states.i will be grateful i f u kindly let me know the procedeurs which will ofcourse take me to. start a career in usa as forensic surgeon

  • Mac Roland says:

    Hi, I have a degree in chemistry from Ghana (kNUST)and wants to pursue forensic chemistry.What are the basic requirements

    • Hi Mac – this question has been asked in various guises many times above. The best way to determine exactly what requirements you need to meet is to first select a target school. Some are listed in our articles, many more will reveal themselves in a basic search. Doing good research, of course, is a mandatory skill all forensic scientists must master. Then, contact the one you are most interested in and ask your questions, allowing them to determine your eligibility based on your background and previous experience.

  • molly lane says:

    why didn’t virginia commonwealth university make this list? i had always heard they have an amazing bachelors and masters program

  • Alexa says:

    University of New Haven!!! How could you miss that school with its Henry C. Lee Institute!?!?!


    Hey i am shubham from india and i have completed my 12 std and now i am interested in forensic science. So can i get admission in any of the colleges which persue forensic science in USA .

  • shayani upulika says:

    hey i have completed higher national diploma on biomedical science in Northembria university. what are the other requirements that i should have fulfilled to fallow a degree of forensic pathologist?

  • Abraham Jerry says:

    I have completed a Higher National Diploma HND in Chemistry /Biochemistry in Nigerian and I would like to run a programme in forensic science what are the requirements and what programme can i apply for

  • Dr Jameson Kugara says:

    I am looking for a place where i can visit for collaboration in forensic science/analytical chemistry we just launched a bachelor of science honors in forensic science hence the need for collaboration in the form of a study visit for a period of 3 months or 6 months. during which we can review and learn more from the experts.
    May you please help me . This will be for 2019 from August.
    Thank you

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