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Forensic Science, M.S.

Department Chair:  Timothy M. Palmbach, Associate Professor J.D., University of Connecticut 

Graduate Program Coordinator:   Virginia M. Maxwell, Associate Professor D. Phil. Oxford University

Forensic science is a broad, interdisciplinary field in which the natural sciences are employed to analyze and evaluate physical evidence in matters of the law. The Master’s program in forensic science at the University of New Haven has a worldwide reputation for preparing top-quality professional forensic scientists.

One of the most established and well-respected forensic science programs in the country, our master’s program in forensic science will provide you with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to apply analytical and scientific methods to criminal investigation. Through concentrated study in our laboratories and in our state-of-the-art National Crime Scene Training Center, you will obtain unparalleled hands-on experience that you can apply immediately in your chosen career. In addition to a sequence of core coursework, you will complete courses to satisfy one of two distinct degree programs as well as a series of electives. Other highlights of the program include:

  • Expert faculty with professional experience
  • A five-trimester program with flexible class times and offerings
  • Professional certificates in advanced investigation and fire science

Students choose from one of two distinct degree programs in forensic science:

  • Criminalistics, which provides an advanced technical background for those wishing to become professional laboratory examiners
  • Advanced Investigation or Fire Science, which provides advanced training in forensic sciences and investigation techniques for students interested in applying forensic science to crime-scene processing and related work

    M.S. Forensic Science – Criminalistics is a Fully Accredited Program by FEPAC, the accrediting body of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. FEPAC does not accredit Advanced Investigation degree programs.

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