Why Earn a Master's Degree in Forensic Science?
Towson's M.S. in Forensic Science is an interdisciplinary graduate program combining chemistry, biology and math to provide students with advanced scientific and laboratory training. The program emphasizes a molecular biology-based approach with a focus on DNA analysis. It is a professional science master's program designed for students seeking to pursue advanced training and to excel in science in preparation for a forensic science career. Graduates are prepared for positions as working forensic scientists in business, industry and government.
Learning That Works
The program provides students with a comprehensive and in-depth study of the major areas of forensic science, including crime scene investigation and physical evidence analysis. Students learn to apply their knowledge of analytical chemistry, molecular biology, population genetics, forensic biology and DNA technologies to the laboratory, gaining advanced skills in instrumental methods, microscopy and materials analysis. Students also study quality assurance as well as the ethical and legal issues related to the profession.
The talented faculty includes professors with expertise in chemistry, biological sciences and mathematics. The 37-credit program is rich with laboratory experiences, and is capped by either a thesis or an internship and optional research project.
A Flexible Approach
Designed for the working professional as well as the full-time student, the program offers a wide variety of late afternoon and evening classes. Internships and research projects may be offered during the summer semesters. The program also offers unique learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom experience, including seminars, internships, research projects and a master's thesis.
Honesty, Integrity and Objectivity
Because forensic science is part of the criminal justice system, personal honesty, integrity, and scientific objectivity are paramount. Those seeking careers in this field should be aware that background checks similar to those required for law enforcement officers are likely to be a condition of employment. The following may be conducted and/or reviewed before an employment or internship offer is made and may remain as ongoing conditions of employment (this list is not all inclusive): Drug Tests, History of Drug Use, Criminal History, Personal Associations, Driving Record, Past Work Performance, Credit History, Medical or Physical Examination. Reference: NIJ Report NCJ 203099