Master of Science in Forensic Science



Program Information

The Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science is a full-time two-year program designed to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century by providing:

  • The necessary theoretical and practical background in all areas of criminalistics
  • A meaningful forensic science research experience
  • The opportunity to develop written and oral communication skills

The program will also focus on developing leadership skills so that graduates will be prepared to assume positions of authority in forensic science research, administration and public policy.

The Master of Science program in Forensic Science brings together several key faculty from Cedar Crest College who have more than 50 years experience in the field, classroom and laboratory. In addition to this expertise, the faculty has produced numerous publications, presented at professional meetings, and provided courtroom testimonies.

Members of the faculty include:

  • Dr. Lawrence Quarino, who spent 11 years as a laboratory supervisor in the Department of Forensic Biology at the New York City Medical Examiner's Office
  • Dr. Thomas Brettell, a former laboratory director of the New Jersey State Police Forensic Science Laboratory System
  • Dr. Jacqueline Speir, who previously was a research microscopist and instructor at the world renown McCrone Research Institute