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Top Forensic Universities with Program Descriptions

Learn about top-ranked universities that offer degree programs in forensics. Find out why these schools stand out and decide which one is right for you.

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Forensics is a field of applied science that is used in investigating criminal activity. Degrees are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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While many schools offer programs in forensic science, the top forensics programs are accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission and offer studies at multiple degree levels. They also have particularly strong facilities available to students.

Pennsylvania State University - University Park in State College, PA

School Highlight: The Eberly College of Science is home to state-of-the-art laboratories affiliated with the forensics science program.

Individuals interested in studying forensics can enroll in Eberly College of Science, which offers a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science with both chemistry and biology tracks. Additionally, those with an undergraduate science degree can pursue a Master of Professional Studies in Forensic Science. Forensic science classes offered by the university cover law and criminal justice, crime scene reconstruction and courtroom testimony, in addition to scientific emphases in chemistry, biology and criminalistics. Faculty also create in the department create workshops and courses for crime scene investigators, forensic scientists, police officers, detectives and lawyers.

Boston University in Boston, MA

School Highlight: The school's forensic science program is one of the few in the country offered at a medical center.

Boston University's School of Medicine offers a Master of Science in Biomedical Forensic Sciences. Students learn to investigate crime scenes and collect evidence for forensic studies. Courses in the program will also teach students about death investigation, anatomy and anthropology.

George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

School Highlight: This school offers multiple graduate degrees in the field of forensics.

On its Mount Vernon campus, George Washington University offers Master of Forensic Science (MFS) programs in Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Molecular Biology, Forensic Toxicology and Friction Ridge Analysis. The school also offers Master of Science programs in Crime Scene Investigation (Mount Vernon campus) and Digital Forensics (Arlington Graduate Education Center). It is also possible to earn a graduate certificate in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Digital Investigations, Forensic Investigation and Latent Print Examination.

Top Forensic Schools

Here are some more schools with strong forensics programs:

  • Ohio University in Athens offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in forensics.
  • At the University of California at Davis, students can complete the graduate forensic program on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • Students can find master's and Ph.D. programs in forensics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • The University of North Texas in Denton offers forensic science tracks in biology, chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond offers several scholarships for forensic science students.
  • Western Virginia University in Morgantown offers 420-hour summer internships for undergraduate forensics students.

At accredited universities, students can find introductory and advanced studies in forensics and related topics.

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