Graduates of our master’s program become forensic scientists with the current knowledge and skills coveted by employers across the country and around the world.
You will be prepared to assume leadership positions in local, state and federal government agencies and in private organizations as forensic scientists.
The Master of Science in forensic science typically requires two full years of study (5 semesters), including one summer semester. You will learn advanced practical and theoretical aspects of forensic investigation. The curriculum combines classroom instruction, laboratory exercises and hands-on simulated forensic investigation.
If you plan to be a DNA analyst, you have the opportunity to take coursework in genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and statistics. Note: credits for these classes do not count toward a MSFS degree.
Thesis and project options
All master’s degree programs at BGSU must include a culminating experience that provides students an opportunity to synthesize knowledge and experiences gained throughout the master’s program.
This program requires you to complete a Plan I Thesis Research Project.
The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) further requires that each master’s student complete an independent research or capstone project. The research/capstone project must culminate in a thesis or written report of publishable quality and an oral presentation.
- Principles of Crime Scene Investigation
- Forensic Biology
- Pharmacology/Toxicology of Drug Addiction
- Professional Responsibility – Interface of Law, Science and Ethics in Forensic Science
- Microscopy, Materials Analysis and Pattern Evidence
- Forensic DNA Analysis
- Forensic Applications of Analytical Chemistry and Instrumental Methods of
- Forensic Laboratory Management
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
In 2023, the BGSU graduate forensic science program applied for accreditation through the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) and is currently progressing through the year-long FEPAC accreditation process.
Updated: 11/28/2023 02:26PM