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Forensic Technology, M.S.

What Criminal Justice Has Been Waiting For: Forensic Analysis at the Scene of the Crime

Our M.S. in Forensic Technology is the first of its kind in graduate-level forensic science programs. It combines the forensic science discipline with cutting-edge technology to put on-the-spot forensic capabilities in the hands of those first to arrive at the scene: police officers and investigators. Thanks to the program’s blend of traditional crime-scene investigation with in-depth science and technology, these formerly separate disciplines will now merge.

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You will study, and become expert at, various forms of forensic field technology such as portable instrumentation and forensic database usage. The application of database tools such as SICAR and IBIS are critical to modern criminal investigations. They can quickly provide linkages between victims, suspects, items, and locations. Also, restricted electives associated with the program allow you to develop specialized knowledge in areas such as bloodstain pattern analysis, firearms evidence, and forensic anthropology.

You will complete a minimum of 42 credits of graduate work, which includes a required internship or research project designed to fulfill the Master of Science Capstone requirement.  In this, you will benefit from the strong connections that UNH has forged with local and state police as well as the state medical examiner. Click here to learn more about the program curriculum.

Who Should Apply to this Program?

  • Those with an undergraduate degree in criminal justice, investigative services, or forensic science
  • Police officers
  • Healthcare workers
  • Those with a strong background in science and math and possessing technical acumen
Click here to learn more about career placement opportunities for graduates of this program.
How do you solve a murder without a body? How do you prove you’re innocent when you look guilty as sin? What discipline is responsible for more “Aha!” moments that any other? Forensics — the recognition, collection, identification, and interpretation of physical evidence and the application of science and technology to provide objective facts for criminal or civil court cases. If you’re interested in forensics, there’s no more prestigious place to earn your degree than the world-renowned Henry C. Lee College.

Study in the famous Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science

It doesn't get any more real than what you'll find here. A go-to resource for law enforcement agencies around the globe, this $14 million state-of-the-art center incorporates working crime-scene labs and high-tech visual displays as well as housing an extensive forensic archive. 

Choose a biology or chemistry focus.

Chemistry, biology, and medicine are the main disciplines used in forensics, although the science also uses physics, computer science, and mathematics. Our curriculum allows you to focus on chemistry or biology and also gives you the opportunity to choose upper level elective courses in specialized forensic disciplines or work toward a double major in chemistry or biology.  

Learn from teachers who are still active in the field.

Your instructors all have extensive experience and are highly respected in their individual disciplines. They continue to practice, serving as consultants and analysts on cases, so you will always be at the forefront of techniques and developments.

"One of the most important abilities for scientists is the power of observation.  You need to be able to see what's going on and use it to help identify what information is needed to solve a case." – Dr. Henry C. Lee

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    If you are interested in Forensic Technology, you may also want to find out more about our M.S. Forensic Science, M.S. Cyber Systems, and M.S. Computer Science programs.

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