The Rutgers–Camden MSFS offers a comprehensive program of study that leads to employment as a practitioner or admission to graduate/professional schools. 

Students select an area of concentration and tune their schedules to reflect their personalized career goals.

 

Kimberlee Moran,
Associate Teaching Professor & Director of Forensics

 

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on Learning.  Student learn and practice forensic techniques that are in use daily at forensic laboratories around the country and well as the newest forensic technology.
  • Career Building Opportunities. Participation at conferences, events, and unique field experiences offer opportunities to network with professionals.
  • Specializations. Students can specialize in a particular sub-discipline by focusing their electives, laboratory experience, and research in that area. See ‘Our Research‘ and ‘Our Courses‘ for details.

Program Requirements

  • The program is designed to meet the requirements necessary for employment as a forensic chemist, toxicologist, or a forensic biologist.
  • A candidate for the Master’s degree must complete a total of at least 49 credits of graduate work.  The course of study is highly structured but also allows for students to concentrate in the areas of forensic chemistry, toxicology, and forensic biology.
  • Students complete a capstone project of original research under the supervision of practicing forensic professionals.

Program Concentrations

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This track integrates state of the art instrumentation, training, and research to prepare the student for a laboratory-based career as a forensic toxicologist, forensic chemist, or drug analyst.

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This track integrates state of the art instrumentation, training, and research in order to prepare the student for laboratory-based careers as a serologist, forensic biologist, or a DNA analyst.       

 

A candidate for the Master’s degree in Forensic Science must complete a total of at least 49 credits of college work.

To remain in good standing, students may only receive one C grade during their course of study. Students who receive more than two C grades will be dismissed from the program.

The 4-semester sequence of courses is provided below:

*Course code will depend on student’s degree concentration. For concentration requirements, refer to the course catalog.  **See the course catalog for track-specific degree requirements.

Year 1 - Fall SemesterYear 1 - Spring SemesterSummer SessionYear 2 - Fall SemesterYear 2 - Spring Semester

Year 1 – Fall Semester (14 total credits toward degree)
56:412:525, Forensic Science: theory & policy – 3 credits
56:412:527, Forensic Pattern Evidence – 3 credits
56:412:680, Forensic Science Symposium – 1 credit
Track-Required Course + Lab** – 4 credits
Track-Required Course** – 3 credits 

Year 1 – Spring Semester (13 total credits toward degree)
56:121:520, Essentials of Biomathematics (or equivalent) – 3 credits
56:160:601 or 56:120:601, Graduate Seminar* – 1 credit
56:412:529, Forensic Trace Evidence – 3 credits
Track-Required Course + Lab** – 4 credits
56:412:681, Forensic Research Methods – 2 credits

Summer Session
Select internal & external research advisers
Research may begin – 56:412:700, Research in Forensic Science – 1 credit

Year 2 – Fall Semester (13 total credits towards degree)
56:412:701, Research in Forensic Science – 2 credits
Track-Required Course** – 3 credits
Track-Required Course + Lab** – 4 credits
Track-Required Course + Lab** – 4 credits

Year 2 – Spring Semester (9 total credits towards degree)
56:160:602 or 56:120:601, Graduate Seminar* – 1 credit
56:412:702, Research in Forensic Science and Capstone Presentation  – 4 credits
56:412:800, Internship in Forensic Science and Moot Court – 4 credits
Submit final Capstone Paper to committee by mid-March

Track-required courses include:

  • 56:160:611, Fundamentals of Pharmacology & Pharmacokinetics (Fall)
  • 56:160:580/582, Forensic Chemistry + Lab (Fall)
  • 56:160:584/586, Forensic Toxicology + Lab (Spring)
  • 56:115:571/573, Forensic Serology + Lab (Fall)
  • 56:115:530, Forensic Analytical Molecular Biology (Spring)
  • 56:115:531, Forensic DNA Lab (Fall)
  • 56:121:520, Essential of Biomathematics (Spring), may be substituted with 50:640:331 or other equivalent course with approval from the Graduate Director

Electives are dependent on degree track and are:

Chemistry/Toxicology Track:

  • 56:412:500-level   Any 500-level graduate forensic science course
  • 56:160:500-level   Any 500-level graduate chemistry lecture course
  • 56:115:500-level   Any 500-level graduate biochemistry lecture course
  • 56:121:500-level   Any 500-level graduate computational & integrative biology lecture course
  • 56:160:500-level   Any 500-level chemistry laboratory course
  • 56:115:500-level   Any 500-level biochemistry laboratory course

Biochemistry/Biology Track:

  • 56:412:500-level   Any 500-level graduate forensic science course
  • 56:120:500-level   Any 500-level graduate biology lecture course
  • 56:115:500-level   Any 500-level graduate biochemistry lecture course
  • 56:121:500-level   Any 500-level graduate computational & integrative biology lecture course
  • 56:120:500-level   Any 500-level biology laboratory course
  • 56:115:500-level   Any 500-level biochemistry laboratory course

In addition, students must complete at least 7 credits of Research in Forensic Science, which are taken under the supervision of a faculty adviser.

  • 56:412:700  Research in Forensic Science (1 credit)
  • 56:412:701  Research in Forensic Science (2 credits)
  • 56:412:702  Research in Forensic Science and Capstone Presentation (4 credits)