M.Sc. On Campus

Forensic Science

University of Illinois at Chicago

24 months
24738 USD/year
24738 USD/year
11870 USD/year
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The Forensic Science program at the University of Illinois at Chicago encompasses a broad knowledge of the basic areas of forensic science laboratory disciplines (biology/biochemistry; chemistry and trace evidence analysis; drug identification and toxicology; and pattern evidence) with emphasis on the integration of analytical and interpretative skills. 


The Master program in Forensic Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago is fully accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission. The program covers a broad range of laboratory disciplines with an emphasis on analytical and interpretative skills for people who seek careers in forensic science and criminalistics.

The role of forensic laboratory sciences in justice system processes is an integrating theme. There is an opportunity for some specialization through the selection of electives.

Forensic science is a broad field in which different scientific fields are used to analyze physical evidence in relation to matters of the law.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Forensic Science: Survey and Foundations
  • Forensic Analysis of Biological Evidence
  • Forensic Chemistry and Trace Evidence Analysis
  • Physical Pattern Evidence Analysis
  • Forensic Drug Analysis and Toxicology
  • Expert Witness Testimony and Courtroom Demeanor

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


38 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Baccalaureate Field - BS in physical, biological, or pharmaceutical sciences (chemistry or biochemistry recommended). Minimum of one semester analytical chemistry and one semester physical chemistry. Instrumental analysis, biochemistry, and additional physical chemistry desirable.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three required.
  • Personal Statement Required.
  • Tests Required GRE General Test; applications are strengthened by scores corresponding to 65th percentile or higher in verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing.
  • Tuition Fee

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    • International

      24738 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 24 months.
    • National

      24738 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 24 months.
    • In-State

      11870 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 5935 USD per semester during 24 months.

    Living costs for Chicago

    1297 - 2491 USD /month
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