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Forensic Anthropology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #98 (QS) , MA,
The MS in Forensic Anthropology at Boston University School of Medicine is designed to train individuals in the theory, practice, and methods of biological and skeletal anthropology employed by forensic anthropologists in medicolegal death investigations.

About

Students will receive extensive training in osteology, forensic anthropological techniques and procedures, forensic anthropology field methods, biological anthropology theory, taphonomy, mortuary archaeology, human anatomy, crime scene investigation, and methods of human identification.

This full-time, 42-credit Master of Science degree offers students a unique opportunity to apply the principles of anthropology, anatomy and osteology to establishing biological profiles, excavation of remains, criminal case work, and other scenarios with unidentified remains.

Classes are lecture and laboratory based with opportunities for internships and directed studies. Students complete a graduate-level research project that culminates in a full-length thesis. Resources for student research projects include access to our Outdoor Research Facility and Anatomical Sciences Laboratory, faculty in the Department of Radiology, and affiliated faculty at University of Tennessee and skeletal collections at other universities and museums.

This program is one of the only graduate forensic anthropology programs in a department of anatomy at a major medical center. This setting provides students and faculty access to extensive resources and facilities, including a human gross anatomy laboratory.

Closely affiliated with the MS in Biomedical Forensic Sciences program, this program affords students the opportunity to pursue training in multiple areas of forensic sciences.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • History, Methods and Theory in Biological Anthropology
  • Human Anatomy and Osteology
  • Professional Skills and Thesis Research Development
  • Special Topics in Forensic Anthropology: Outdoor Crime Scene Awareness
  • Forensic Anthropology Techniques
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Experimental Design for Forensic Anthropology
  • Research in Anthropology

                          Detailed Programme Facts

                          • Programme intensity Full-time
                            • Full-time duration 12 months
                          • Credits
                            42 alternative credits
                          • Languages
                            • English
                          • Delivery mode
                            On Campus

                          English Language Requirements

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                          • Minimum required score:

                            100

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                            7

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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 12 months.
                          • National

                            52816 USD/year
                            Tuition Fee
                            Based on the original amount of 26408 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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                          Living costs for Boston

                          • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
                            Living Costs

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