Forensic Studies

Florida Gulf Coast University

M.Sc. Blended
24 months
1300 USD/credit
1300 USD/credit
373 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The M.S. in Forensic Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University provides students the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and academic credentials through an interdisciplinary course of study and specialization.


The Forensic Studies program offered by Florida Gulf Coast University comprehensive education and training in two applied research concentrations – Forensics Behavioral Analysis and Human Identity and Trauma Analysis.

A challenging curriculum delivered by accomplished practitioner-scholars provides students foundational and progressive knowledge and experience in theory, methods, applied research, and field work. 

Our program allows students to specialize in a specific area of interest, offering them two concentrations: 

  • Forensic Behavioral Analysis which addresses social problems relating to violence, sexual deviance, domestic relations, crime and terrorism through an integration of classical theory and contemporary research. A wide range of employment opportunities exist for graduates including those in local, state and federal crime and terrorism intelligence, law enforcement and corrections as well as child welfare and combatting domestic violence. 
  • Human Identity and Trauma Analysis which focuses on forensic anthropology, osteology and odontology. Graduates in this concentration seek employment with medical examiners, coroners and crime scene investigation units. 

Graduates with M.S. in Forensic Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how a working knowledge of the intelligence enterprise contributes to the policy making process.
  • Demonstrate how quantitative data analyses help to identify patterns of physical and/or behavioral manifestations of crime.
  • Analyze the physical and/or behavioral lines of evidence and generate a report.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Osteology 
  • Social Constructs of Crime 
  • Supervised Research 
  • Human Trafficking
  • Cultural Ecology 
  • Forensic Anthropology 
  • Practicum-Human Identity

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




44 alternative credits



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.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

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.
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).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • FGCU graduate application 
  • Immunization history form – special immunizations & screens may be required for elective fieldwork 
  • Official academic transcripts from every college or university attended
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Supplemental forensic studies application 
  • Three forensic studies reference forms 
  • Criminal history through FL Department of Law Enforcement may be required for specific internships 
  • Letter of intent, describing research and career goals (less than 2 pages) 
  • Curriculum Vitae

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1300 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1300 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1300 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1300 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    373 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 373 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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Forensic Studies
Florida Gulf Coast University