Overview of top Graduate Schools offering Forensic Science Programs
In the best forensic science master’s degree programs, enrolled students are allowed to choose a specialty. Both Michigan State University and Marshall University rank highly in their regions and provide opportunities of observing working forensic scientists. In this article, we take a look at some top forensic science graduate schools in the United States that are ranked highly by the U.S. News and World Report.
Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia
In 2014, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Marshall University 39th on its list of best forensic science graduate programs in the South. The location of Marshall University is close to the federal DNA laboratory and is an attraction for students seeking to earn a master’s degree in forensic science. It allows students the opportunity to work alongside the forensic scientists of the lab. The school’s Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Science is also renowned for its coursework and small class sizes. Students can complete the program within two years and choose from available concentrations in crime scene investigation, digital forensics, DNA analysis and forensic chemistry.
Michigan State University in East Lansing
In 2014, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Michigan State University 73rd on its list of best forensic science graduate programs in the nation. A Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Science is available at the school, with concentration options in forensic biology, forensic chemistry, and forensic anthropology. The department works closely with the university’s criminal justice school to provide forensic science students an opportunity to understand the manner of running crime labs. Enrollees in this 2-year program can expect to gain a strong grasp of the scientific, investigative, and legal aspects of the field.
List of Top Graduate Schools offering Forensic Science Programs
|School Name||Total Student Enrollment||Location|
|University of California – Davis||34,508||Davis, California|
|Boston University||32,112||Boston, Massachusetts|
|George Washington University||25,613||Washington, District of Columbia|
|Texas A & M University – College Station||61,642||College Station, Texas|
|SUNY at Binghamton||16,695||Vestal, New York|
|Syracuse University||21,492||Syracuse, New York|
|Pennsylvania State University – Main Campus||47,040||University Park, Pennsylvania|
|Michigan State University||50,081||East Lansing, Michigan|
|Duquesne University||9,648||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Iowa State University||34,435||Ames, Iowa|
|Saint Louis University||17,052||Saint Louis, Missouri|
|Loyola University Chicago||15,902||Chicago, Illinois|
|University of Scranton||5,589||Scranton, Pennsylvania|
|George Mason University||33,729||Fairfax, Virginia|
|Ohio Northern University||3,695||Ada, Ohio|