Master’s in Forensic Science Program Overview
The Master’s in Forensic Science degree from Grand Canyon University (GCU) is designed for both professionals looking to advance their careers in forensic science and those aiming to begin working in forensic science, crime scene processing, law enforcement, medicolegal and criminal professions.
This fully online master’s in forensic science degree program offers an advanced study in forensic science, focused on building a solid foundation of practical skills and theoretical knowledge. The MS in Forensic Science could be the next step you need to move your career toward your goals.
Skills You’ll Learn From This Master’s in Forensic Science Degree
Throughout the forensic science master’s program, you will develop the advanced skill set necessary for work in the field of forensic science. GCU’s unique forensic science curriculum works with hands-on, in-home laboratory activities and equipment to prepare graduates for the analysis of various forms of forensic evidence. The coursework in this master’s program will allow you to become knowledgeable across a vast array of forensic science competencies, including:
- Microscopic analysis of hairs, fibers and cells
- Integrity and ethical principles in forensic science
- Effective courtroom testimony
- Laboratory quality management
- Chain of custody and authoring
- Applied forensic statistical analysis
- Instrumental analysis including microscopy, chromatography and spectroscopy
- Forensic toxicology
- Impression evidence comparison
- Serology, DNA and controlled substance analysis
Admission to the online forensic science master’s program at GCU requires a bachelor's degree in forensic science (or another natural, physical or biomedical science) or a bachelor's degree in any field, including coursework in chemistry, organic chemistry, statistics and advanced biology. If you have questions or would like more information on program admission, reach out to a GCU counselor today.
GCU's master’s in forensic science program also offers graduates an opportunity to study forensic science from the unique Christian worldview. Explore answers to forensic science's ethical and moral questions from a variety of different viewpoints and perspectives, including a biblical one.
Career Opportunities for Graduates With an MS in Forensic Science
To increase your chances of finding employment after graduation, it’s important to gain practical experience through internships or other hands-on learning opportunities during your program. Networking with professionals in the field and being proactive in your job search will help you seek out opportunities through professional organizations or career services.
Employers in the field of forensic science are looking to hire qualified candidates who have graduated from high-quality, accredited programs. GCU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1968 and prepares professionals for the workforce with advanced skills and capabilities.
By earning your MS in Forensic Science degree at GCU, you may be prepared to elevate your career as a forensic science technician.
The job market for individuals with a master's degree in forensic science can vary depending on a number of factors, including current job market conditions, competition for jobs and specific region or industry you are interested in. Graduates are prepared to find employment in a variety of settings, including government crime labs, private forensic analysis firms and law enforcement agencies.
Graduates of this forensic science degree may also pursue additional skills and specializations in the following:
- Bloodstain pattern analysis
- Forensic pathology
- Medical examination
- Analytical chemistry
Online Master’s in Forensic Science FAQs
When deciding to advance your skill set with a master’s degree in the field of forensic science, we understand this is a big commitment. We’ve compiled a list of your most frequently asked questions to assist in your decision.
1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on September 2021, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Forensic Science Technicians, retrieved on July 5, 2022.
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