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Forensic Science

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

12 months
Duration
1141 USD/credit 45640 USD/year
1066 USD/credit 42640 USD/year
450 USD/credit 18000 USD/year
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There’s a science to uncovering evidence in a criminal investigation – and you can learn how to become an expert. A MS in Forensic Science from The University of Alabama at Birmingham will help prepare you to work in law enforcement, security, and other professions.

Overview

In fact, we can offer you many benefits through this degree program. We're one of 16 programs in the U.S. accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission. Not only that, but our program's supported by both the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences' Birmingham lab and the Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office, as well as local private institutions in the forensic science business. We're also home to the editorial office for our industry's only review journal, Forensic Science Review. 

As you take advantage of all these resources, you'll take classes in chemical instrumental analysis, biochemistry, quantitative analysis, and other subjects. Then, your faculty advisor will work with you to choose a curriculum that meets your goals. Plan I (thesis option) requires that you complete 42 credit hours plus a thesis, and it's recommended if you plan to pursue a doctorate. Plan II (non-thesis option) requires that you complete 39 hours.

Fast Facts:

  • Careers in Forensic Science usually require extensive background checks similar to those required for law enforcement personnel, and are likely a condition of employment (National Institute of Justice).
The Master of Science in Forensic Science program from The University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of only 16 programs in the US accredited by FEPAC, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission. Our program prepares students for careers in various forensic science and conventional analytical laboratories, emphasizing the application of scientific methods and technologies to legal proceedings. It may also be used to build a strong foundation for doctoral and professional studies and offers the opportunity for students to pursue a graduate certificate in computer forensics that involves additional, elective coursework.

Programme Structure

Courses:

  • Writing Successfully
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Elements of Forensic Science
  • Conventional Criminalistics
  • Forensic Drug Analysis
  • Molecular Biology in Forensic Science
  • Law Evidence and Procedure

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

40 SCH

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3
GRE admission requirements GRE®
Required

Other requirements

General requirements

Minimum admission requirements are as follows:

  • bachelor's or master's degree in chemistry or biology from an accredited institution
  • B.S. degree in forensics should come from a FEPAC-accredited program
  • chemistry-related degree is acceptable if it includes instrumental and quantitative chemistry courses
  • biology-related degree is acceptable if it includes biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology courses 
  • overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, based on a 4.0 system, or a 3.2 GPA for the last 60 semester hours in a BA/BS program
  • 3.0 GPA in all previous graduate coursework
  • minimum recommended GRE score of 300 (combined) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the test
  • students are recommended to have completed at least two of the following courses (earning a minimum grade of B in each course): quantitative chemistry (wet analytical chemistry), instrumental chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and statistics

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    45640 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1141 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    42640 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1066 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 450 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

1019 - 1648 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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