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M.S. in Forensic Science (Advanced)


Key Benefits of our program:

  • Optimal training opportunities and direct interaction with practitioners in the field
  • Faculty mentor, teach, and advise students, paying close attention to their development
  • Flexible programs enable students to tailor courses to their individual needs and goals.
  • Experiential training opportunities in world-class facilities, such as LGS Bell Labs Innovations, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the New York State Police Crime Laboratory System, and The Wallie Howard Jr. Center for Forensic Sciences (Onondaga County, New York)
  • Gateway courses in "Research and Career Resources" and "Quality Assurance and Ethics"

Career Paths: Graduates may obtain positions in the following settings:

  • Crime and forensic laboratories
  • Private research companies
  • Security and insurance companies
  • Federal agencies (e.g., F.B.I.)
  • Academic research centers


Program Requirements

The Advanced Track prepares students mostly for analyst positions in crime laboratories, private companies, and federal agencies. Much attention is paid to laboratory research, in which students participate in, write about, and defend original research projects. Students also benefit from gateway courses that make them more marketable and knowledgeable, particularly in areas involving quality assurance and ethics. The 36-credit-hour track also trains students for various analytical and communications challenges they may encounter in the workplace.


I. GATEWAY COURSES - 16 Credits Required

  • FSC 606 Advanced Forensic Science (3 credits)
  • FSC 631 Statistics for the Forensic Sciences (3)
  • FSC 632 Research and Career Resources (3)
  • FSC 633 Quality Assurance & Ethics (3)
  • FSC 644 Forensic Chemical Analysis (4)


II. Electives - 17 Credits Required

At least 9 elective credits must be part of a designated concentration. Student-specific concentrations, potentially including FSC 690, may be allowed by petition.

Biology Concentration

  • FSC 640 Forensic Biochemical Analysis (3)
  • FSC 640 Forensic Analysis of Biological Evidence (3)
  • FSC 640 Forensic DNA Analysis (3)
  • FSC 672 Advanced Light Microscopy (3)
  • FSC/BIO 676 Cold Cases (3)
  • BCM 678 Perspectives in Biochemistry (3)
  • BIO 631 Population Genetics (3)
  • BIO 662 Molecular Genetics (3)
  • BIO 663 Molecular Biotechonology (3)
  • BIO 665 Molecular Biology Laboratory (3)
  • BIO 675 Biochemistry Laboratory (3)
  • CHE/BCM 677 Prep & Analysis of Proteins and Nucleic Acids (3)

Crime Scene Investigation Concentration

  • FSC 663 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (3)
  • FSC 665 Latent Prints (3)
  • FSC 667 Forensic Photography (3)
  • FSC 668 Crime Scene Investigation (3)

Forensic Anthropology Concentration

  • ANT 600 Reading the Body (3)
  • ANT 633 Human Osteology (3)
  • ANT 634 Anthropology of Death (3)
  • ANT 636 Bioarchaeology (3)
  • ANT 662 Forensic Entomology (3)

Forensic Chemistry Concentration

  • FSC 657 Principles of Human Toxicology (3)
  • CHE 575 Organic Spectroscopy (3)
  • CHE/BCM 677 Prep & Analysis of Proteins & Nucleic Acids (3)

Impressions Evidence Concentration

  • FSC 661 Firearms & Impression Evidence (3)
  • FSC 665 Latent Prints (3)
  • FSC 671 Firearms & Impression Evidence II (3)

Jurisprudence Concentration

  • LAW 604 Criminal Law (3)
  • LAW 708 Constitutional Criminal Procedure Investigation (3)
  • LAW 718 Evidence (4)
  • LAW 719 Psychology & the Law (3)
  • LAW 759 Computer Crimes (3)

Linguistics Concentration

  • LIN 601 Introductory Linguistic Analysis (3)
  • LIN 631 Phonological Analysis (3)
  • LIN 671 Dimension of Biligualism & Multiculturalism (3)
  • LIN 675 Forensic Linguistics (3)

Medicolegal Death Investigation Concentration

  • FSC 635 Medicolegal Death Investigation I (3)
  • FSC 636 Medicolegal Death Investigation II (3)
  • FSC 651 Forensic Pathology (3)

National Security Sciences Concentration

  • FSC 654 Nuclear Forensics (3)
  • FSC 669 Science of Countering WMDs (3)
  • NUC 520 Radiochemistry, Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing and Nonproliferation (3)

Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Concentration

  • FSC 652 Forensic Mental Health (3)
  • PSY 674 Advanced Social Psychology (3)
  • SWK 724 Psychopathology (3)
  • SWK/WGS 626 Persons in a Social Context (3)

Regulatory Science Concentration

  • FSC 640 Drug Development, Testing, and Approval (3)
  • FSC 658 Scientific Regulation and Compliance (3)
  • FSC 653 Forensic Toxicology (3)

Toxicology Concentration

  • FSC 651 Forensic Pathology (3)
  • FSC 653 Forensic Toxicology (3)
  • FSC 657 Principles of Human Toxicology (3)

Full Electives List

  • FSC 635 Medicolegal Death Investigation I (3)
  • FSC 636 Medicolegal Death Investigation II (3)
  • FSC 640 Selected Topics in Advanced Forensic Science (3)
  • FSC 640 Forensic Biochemical Analysis (3)
  • FSC 651 Forensic Pathology (3)
  • FSC 652 Forensic Mental Health (3)
  • FSC 653 Forensic Toxicology (3)
  • FSC 654 Nuclear Forensics (3)
  • FSC 657 Principles of Human Toxicology (3)
  • FSC 661 Firearms & Impression Evidence (3)
  • FSC 662 Forensic Entomology (3)
  • FSC 663 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (3)
  • FSC 664 Forensic Biochemical Analysis (3)
  • FSC 665 Latent Prints (3)
  • FSC 667 Forensic Photography (3)
  • FSC 668 Crime Scene Investigation (3)
  • FSC 669 Science of Countering WMDs (3)
  • FSC 671 Firearms and Impression Evidence II (3)
  • FSC 672 Advanced Light Microscopy (3)
  • FSC 676 Cold Cases (3)
  • FSC 690 Independent Study in Forensic Science (1 - 6)
  • ANT 600 Reading the Body (3)
  • ANT 633 Human Osteology (3)
  • ANT 634 Anthropology of Death (3)
  • ANT 636 Bioarchaeology (3)
  • BCM 678 Perspectives in Biochemistry (3)
  • BIO 631 Population Genetics (3)
  • BIO 662 Molecular Genetics (3)
  • BIO 663 Molecular Biotechnology (3)
  • BIO 665 Molecular Biology Laboratory (3)
  • BIO 675 Biochemistry Laboratory (3)
  • CHE 575 Organic Spectroscopy (3)
  • CHE/BCM 677 Prep & Analysis of Proteins & Nucleic Acids (3)
  • IST 602 Digital Forensics (3)
  • LAW 604 Criminal Law (3)
  • LAW 708 Constitutional Criminal Procedure Investigation (3)
  • LAW 718 Evidence (3)
  • LAW 719 Psychology & the Law (3)
  • LAW 759 Computer Crimes (3)
  • LIN 601 Introductory to Linguistic Analysis (3)
  • LIN 631 Phonological Analysis (3)
  • LIN 671 Dimension of Bilingualism & Multiculturalism (3)
  • LIN 675 Forensic Linguistics (3)
  • NUC 520 Radiochemistry, Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing and Nonproliferation (3)
  • PSY 674 Advanced Social Psychology (3)
  • SWK 724 Psychopathology (3)
  • SWK/WGS 626 Persons in Social Context (3)

III. Internship or Independent Study Research - at least 3 credits required

Each student is required to participate in original research, write a detailed report of publishable quality, and successfully defend the results in front of a committee of three faculty members in a public seminar. This research should be conducted as part of an on- or off-campus research project, internship, or independant study. Additional credits of independant study or internship may be used to satisfy elective credit or concentration credit by petition.

  • FSC 690 Independent Study in Forensic Science (1-6)


Total Credits for Degree - 36