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Forensic Science (Concentration in Forensic Physical Analysis)

Virginia Commonwealth University

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
Duration
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
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About

The Forensic Science (Concentration in Forensic Physical Analysis) program at Virginia Commonwealth University is one of only a few of its kind in the U.S. The mission of the program is to prepare students for careers as forensic scientists in government and private forensic laboratories. In addition, students will be prepared to pursue further graduate.

Overview

Program goal

Core courses in the forensic science curriculum offer broad exposure to forensic laboratory equipment and instrumentation, as well as legal issues, expert testimony, forensic biology, forensic chemistry, trace evidence, physical evidence, professional ethics, quality assurance and current topics in research and development within the forensic sciences. Concentrations offered include forensic biology, forensic chemistry/drugs and toxicology, forensic chemistry/trace and forensic physical analysis. A strong emphasis is placed on laboratory course work, providing students with significant laboratory and research experience. Several of the laboratory courses are taught by practicing professional forensic scientists at the Virginia Division of Forensic Science Central Laboratory, which is nationally accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board.

Student learning outcomes

  • Students of the Forensic Science (Concentration in Forensic Physical Analysis) program at Virginia Commonwealth University will be able to apply basic principles and laboratory procedures of biology and chemistry to forensic science through focused study in the available concentration options.
  • Students will demonstrate capabilities, use, potential and limitations of forensic laboratory theory and techniques.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to perform (report and orally present) independent research in an area of forensic science.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of legal procedure, rules of evidence, ethical and professional duties and responsibilities of the forensic scientist.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Analysis of Pattern Evidence 
  • Firearm and Toolmark Identification
  • Forensic Evidence and Criminal Procedure
  • Instrumentation in Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Microscopy
  • Forensic Serology and DNA Analysis
  • Professional Practices and Expert Testimony
  • Directed Research in Forensic Science
  • Statistical Methods 
  • Applied Statistics for Forensic Science

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Credits

42 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Academic documentation
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Additional academic requirements and regulations
  • Foreign transcripts
  • Financial certification
  • Application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25956 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25956 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25956 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25956 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12618 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.

Funding

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