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Forensic Anthropology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
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.

Overview

Students of the Forensic Anthropology program 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 the 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.

Employment and Educational Opportunities for Graduates of this Program

Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible and qualified to continue their education in a PhD program in Anthropology or pursue employment in a variety of settings. Potential employment opportunities for graduates include state medical examiner offices, government or private crime laboratories, law enforcement, or academic settings.

The Boston University Medical Campus contains state-of-the-art lecture halls, seminar rooms, sophisticated computerized teaching labs, and Boston’s largest biomedical research park.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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 18 months
  • Credits
    42 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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    7

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    100

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General Requirements

National

  • Application Forms
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • MCAT Test
  • CASPer Test
  • Transcripts

International

  • International Student Data Form
  • A copy of the biographical page of your passport
  • Copies of all of your immigration documents if you are currently in the U.S.
  • Required financial documentation demonstrating your ability to pay for your expenses at Boston University

Tuition Fee

  • International

    62872 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 62872 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    62872 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 62872 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
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