Forensic ScienceMaster of Science

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.

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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 original 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, 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 a series of electives.

Student Success and Outcomes

If you are a scholar or professional who is determined to excel, the University of New Haven is the place for you. Click here to see where those who earned a master’s degree in forensic science are employed.

Other highlights of the program include:
  • Accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC)
  • Expert faculty with professional experience in key positions such as lab directors, supervisors, and crime-scene bench analysts.
  • A four-semester program with flexible class times and offerings
  • Thesis required
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Selected Courses and Programs
  • Forensic Expert Testimony

    This course will provide information related to the various aspects of expert witness testimony, from "marketing" skills and good communication techniques to managing difficult questions and ethical issues. The expectations of the legal and scientific communities will be explored using case examples and exercises that point to the conflicts that sometimes may arise from these different perspectives. Students will participate in a moot court testimony session in which they will demonstrate their expert witness knowledge and ability to effectively communicate in a court setting.

  • Advanced Criminalistics

    The comparison and individualization of physical evidence are presented in lectures and carried out in the laboratory. The theories and practice of microscopic, biological, immunological, and chemical analysis are applied to the examination of blood, semen, and other body fluids.

  • Forensic DNA Analysis

    Methods of modern biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology as applied to the examination and individualization of biological evidence in forensic science. Includes discussion of prior methods up to the most current used today in forensic biology.

  • Capillary Electophoresis

    This course is one in a series of offerings designed to meet the changing educational needs in specialized areas of forensic technology. It addresses theoretical and practical aspects of capillary electrophoresis as a new tool applied to the forensic sciences. The course will cover the theoretical principles of capillary electrophoresis, how to use and troubleshoot the instrumentation as well as the analysis of different types of samples commonly found as evidence in forensic laboratories. This course typically runs on an accelerated schedule and includes a significant laboratory component.

  • Full List of Courses and Learning Outcomes for Forensic Science, M.S.

    The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Masters of Science in Forensic Science, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Forensic Science, M.S.

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