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Lizzy Sunderhaus'12

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Why Choose
Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

Master of Science in Forensic Science

Our Master of Science in Forensic Science degree is a full-time, two-year program (40 credits) designed to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century by providing:

  • Theoretical and practical background in all areas of criminalistics
  • Meaningful forensic science research experience
  • Opportunities to develop and practice excellent written and oral communication skills to present research and courtroom testimony

The program is fully accredited by the Forensic Science Educational Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

As a graduate student in the Master of Science in Forensic Science program, you will learn the foundational principles of forensic science and apply them throughout your studies in all aspects of your instruction. You will perform research and laboratory coursework in state-of-the art laboratories using instrumentation for pattern analysis, crime scene reconstruction, microscopy, and more. You will learn from faculty members with over 50 years of experience in forensic science and who are renowned experts in the field: They routinely conduct research, publish in peer-reviewed publications, give presentations at national and local conferences, and testify in the courtroom.

Our Distinguished Program

The Master of Science in Forensic Science program at Cedar Crest differs from other programs in two key ways: First, it places a heightened emphasis on student research. We believe that there is no better way to develop scientists than by positioning research as the foundation of our program. Second, it focuses on developing students' leadership qualities. Our program is designed to inspire you not only to work in forensic science but to play a leadership role in the field. Given the pertinent role that forensic science plays in today's criminal justice system, the development of future leaders is necessary for the field to continue to fulfill its professional mandate.

Our goal is to help produce a future generation of competent, credible and ethical forensic scientists who will be prepared to assume positions of authority in forensic science research, administration and public policy.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Fully Accredited by FEPAC
  • Nationally Recognized Professors
  • A Unique Curriculum
  • Extensive Research Opportunities
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities and Instrumentation
  • A Focus on Leadership
  • Impressive Career Placement
Visit our Master of Science in Forensic Science website for course descriptions and sequence, faculty, student and alumnae profiles, and everything you need to apply to the program.