MSc in Forensic Science

Arcadia University
Pennsylvania, United States
Master's Degree
Study mode
2 years
January August
Total tuition fee (local)
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Total tuition fee (foreign)
$ 61,200

Entry Requirements

  • A Forensic Science application, including personal statements, must be completed online at Arcadia University's official website.A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better, with at least a 3.25 in the major. It is expected that students have an undergraduate degree in the natural or physical sciences.
  • One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
  • Completion of at least two semesters of general chemistry with laboratories, two semesters of organic chemistry with laboratories, and two semesters of general biology with laboratories.
  • Three current letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s ability to study graduate-level science.
  • Test scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), taken within the last five years.

International Students:

  • A completed application 
  • A  Personal Statement
  • Official University/College transcript
  • Proof of English language proficiency
    • TOEFL minimum 80iBT (no individual section below a 18). Our TOEFL School Code is 2039. 
    • IELTS minimum 6.5 Band Score (no individual section below 5.5)
    • ITEP minimum 4.5 (no section below 5.0).
  • Letters of Recommendation


The 72-credit program includes at least 38 credits of required graduate coursework, in addition to 6 to 12 semester hours of research, 6 to 12 semester hours of practicum/internship, plus mandatory participation in a symposium/seminar series. Students working full-time with two or more years of relevant laboratory experience at a forensic laboratory who are completing the program on a part-time basis may have the practicum/internship requirement waived with approval of the Program Director.

First Year
In their first year of study, students enrolled in the M.S.F.S. program take a set of core courses designed to develop a strong broad-based foundation in the forensic sciences. Courses concerning topics in forensic science are taught by full-time and adjunct faculty recruited from the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education and NMS Labs as well as from local and state law enforcement agencies.

Second Year
In the second year, students obtain additional depth of knowledge by taking specialized coursework in forensic biology, forensic toxicology, forensic chemistry and trace analysis. Students must also complete a laboratory practicum/internship and research project mentored by a faculty member affiliated with the University or its partners.

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