Forensic Science M.S.

Degree: Master of Science

Program Director: Mark Profili
Phone: 410-704-2668

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Science in Forensic Science Program is to provide students with a comprehensive and in-depth study of major areas of forensic science that will allow them to compete for positions in forensic science beyond the entry level.

The program is based on an application-focused curriculum that provides the student an advanced educational background and the development of laboratory skills. The program’s mission is further enhanced through active forensic research, internships and collaborative learning experiences with accredited forensic laboratories.

Program Goals and Objectives

The goals and objectives of the Towson University Master of Science in Forensic Science Program is to prepare students for positions as working forensic scientists in business, industry and government careers. To meet these goals, the program combines chemistry, biology and specialized forensic science course work to provide students with advanced scientific and laboratory training in major areas of forensic science including crime scene analysis, forensic DNA analysis and trace evidence/toxicology analysis. 

General Information

The Master of Science in Forensic Science program is a FEPAC-accredited program that is both molecular biology/biochemistry-based, focusing on forensic DNA analysis, or chemistry-based, focusing on toxicology, drug and trace evidence analysis. This program has the support of and benefits from a wide variety of talented faculty members from the department of Chemistry as well as forensic professionals serving as adjunct faculty. The program is rich with laboratory experience, capped with a research project, internship in a forensic laboratory or a thesis.

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The program provides advanced education in the scientific and laboratory problem-solving skills necessary for success in a modern forensic laboratory. The program combines this rigorous training with exposure to the breadth of forensic science disciplines, including forensic science practice, law and ethics. The program is intended for students who are interested in working as forensic scientists in the field. The flexible degree program is also designed to meet the professional development needs of forensic scientists now employed in Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region.

The curriculum ensures that each student:

  • Develops an understanding of the areas of knowledge that are essential to forensic science, including crime scene investigation, physical evidence concepts, law/science interface, ethics and professional responsibilities, quality assurance, analytical chemistry and instrumental methods of analysis, microscopy, molecular biology, toxicology, forensic biology, DNA technologies and biostatistics.
  • Acquires skills and experiences in the application of basic forensic science concepts, analytical chemistry and forensic DNA knowledge to problem solving.
  • Is oriented in professional values, concepts and ethics.
  • Demonstrates integration of knowledge and skills through a capstone experience, such as a seminar, a research project, an internship or thesis.

Qualifications for a career and/or internship in forensic science

Prospective students should be aware that background checks, driving records, drug tests, polygraph, and medical or physical examinations similar to those required of law enforcement officers are likely to be a condition of employment and/or internships. Please refer to: NIJ Report NCJ 203099, pp. 7-10 for additional information.

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Admission Requirements

  • A B.S./B.A. in biological sciences, chemistry or forensic chemistry from a regionally accredited college or university is required for full admission. Students with a B.S./B.A. in a natural science with two terms in general chemistry, organic chemistry and general physics, and at least one term in general biology, analytical chemistry, statistics, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics can be considered for admission.
  • A GPA of 3.00 in previous science course work and an overall GPA of 3.00 are required for full admission. GPA calculations for admissions may be based upon the last 60 units of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study. Students having a GPA of 2.75-2.99 may be considered for conditional admission. Full admission will be granted after students achieve a GPA of 3.00 in their first 9 graduate units taken at Towson University.
  • Graduate application, application fee and official transcripts.

Application Deadline

This program admits students for the fall and spring terms only.

Priority will be given to students whose application and transcripts have been received by March 30 for fall admission and October 31 for spring admission.

Students who miss the priority deadline may contact the program director via email at to inquire if space is still available for the forthcoming term.

Non-immigrant International Students

Program Enrollment: F-1 and J-1 students are required to be enrolled full-time. The majority of their classes must be in-person and on campus. See the list of programs that satisfy these requirements, and contact the International Student and Scholars Office with questions.

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Admission Procedures: See additional information regarding Graduate Admission policies and International Graduate Application online.

Degree Requirements

All students complete 37 units of graduate work. No more than three courses may be taken at the 500 level.

Students wishing to pursue a forensic chemistry rich program that is centered in toxicology, drug and trace analysis may do so with the consent of the program director. This will require substitution of some of the required biology based courses with elective chemistry based courses. The number of courses and credit units will not be affected by these substitutions.

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