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Biomedical Forensic Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #98 (QS) , MA,
The Biomedical Forensic Sciences (BMFS) program trains aspiring and mid-career professionals in a variety of forensic disciplines applied to crime scene investigation and evidence analysis.


Professionals trained in these disciplines are crucial to today’s comprehensive forensic investigations. Completing this degree will qualify graduates to work as forensic scientists, DNA analysts, chemists, death investigators, and crime scene responders at the local, state, and federal levels.

The forensic curriculum and courses at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) are specially developed for forensic science education. A significant number of courses are designed such that there is a laboratory or practical component included. This ensures that our students obtain a significant amount of hands-on experience not available through lecture classes alone. 

The BMFS program is housed in the Boston University School of Medicine and the master’s degree awarded is an MS in Biomedical Forensic Sciences from the Boston University School of Medicine. Therefore, our students primarily take courses and perform research in BUSM facilities and laboratories.

Our criminal law classes (Criminal Law I and II) are taught by practicing attorneys. This allows our students to get a real sense of expert testimony while receiving advice and expertise from the attorneys who regularly practice direct and cross examination.

All students actively engage in independent research. Experience gained through this endeavor has allowed our students not only to present at conferences and publish in journals, but also to develop expertise in a field of study not accessible through courses alone.


 The MS in Biomedical Forensic Sciences is a FEPAC-accredited graduate program.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Criminal Law and Ethics 
  • Crime Scene Investigation 
  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Chemistry 
  • Trace Evidence Analysis
  • Forensic Pathology and Medicolegal Death Investigation 
  • Molecular Biology of Forensic DNA Analysis 
  • Criminal Law II-Mock Court 
  • Directed Research and Professionalism in Biomedical Forensic Sciences 
  • Research in Biomedical Forensic Sciences 

                  Detailed Programme Facts

                  • Programme intensity Full-time
                    • Full-time duration 24 months
                  • Credits
                    38 alternative credits
                  • Languages
                    • English
                  • Delivery mode
                    On Campus

                  English Language Requirements

                  You only need to take one of these language tests:

                  • Minimum required score:


                    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                  • Minimum required score:


                    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                  Academic Requirements

                  General Requirements

                  • An unofficial, English transcript of each college or university attended. 
                  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members, research advisors – or similar – in your proposed field.
                  • A Personal Statement, minimum 200 words, that describes your qualifications and the objectives of your intended educational program.
                  • CV/Resume.
                  • General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
                  • Submitted transcript and letters of recommendations must be in English. 
                  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS results must be submitted for applicants whose native language is not English. 

                  Tuition Fee

                  • International

                    52816 USD/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 26408 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
                  • National

                    52816 USD/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 26408 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
                  We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                  Living costs for Boston

                  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
                    Living Costs

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