The Master in Forensic Toxicology at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a comprehensive, research-based, professional master’s degree with emphasis on basic knowledge of analytical chemistry, physiology, and pharmacology, and problem formulation and solving skills as developed through thesis research. It can provide a pathway to gainful employment in positions requiring or desiring MS-level training. It also provides preparation for PhD programs in toxicology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, etc.
Forensic toxicology is a broad field in which physical, biological, medical and even behavioral sciences are utilized to analyze and evaluate biological evidence (and sometimes people) in relation to matters of the law. In the broadest sense, the forensic toxicology encompasses forensic medicine, chemistry, biology and biochemistry. The forensic toxicology program at UIC is designed to provide graduate education and advanced training for people who seek careers in forensic science in the field of forensic toxicology.
It is important that applicants to forensic science programs understand that many of the forensic science employment opportunities are in law enforcement agencies; many of these agencies have strict rules about what constitutes an acceptable background for employment in their organization. They usually do thorough background investigations of individuals who apply for employment or for internships. Some of them also conduct polygraph tests, as well as the testing of urine and hair for drugs, as part of the pre-employment background.
Many agencies have guidelines with respect to past drug use. We remind you of these facts in case they affect you. If so, you may wish to be sure you will qualify for most of the law enforcement agencies for whom you may want to work as a forensic scientist. As a general guideline, most agencies tolerate very limited marijuana use in your past, but usually no 'hard' drug use. In addition, if you are not a citizen of the United States or a Permanent Resident, you may have difficulty finding employment in law enforcement agency laboratories
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- Foundations of Forensic Toxicology
- Drug Identification Chemistry
- Forensic Toxicology
- Forensic Science Seminar (2 hours)
- Cell Biology
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesForensic Science Toxicology View 104 other Masters in Forensic Science in United States
- Baccalaureate Field - BS in chemistry, biochemistry, or pharmaceutical sciences, and/or PharmD. Analytical chemistry, one semester physical chemistry, and instrumental analysis are required.
- Minimum English Language Competency Test Score
- Letters of Recommendation - Three required.
- Personal Statement Required.
International24738 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 24 months.
National24738 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 24 months.
In-State11870 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5935 USD per semester during 24 months.
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