Forensic Science (M.S.)
Welcome to the Rutgers-Camden Master of Science in Forensic Science Program. Our program offers a comprehensive course of study that prepares students for employment as practitioners in the field of forensic science or for admission to graduate and professional schools. With our commitment to staying at the forefront of new technology and applications within forensic science, we provide students with a cutting-edge education that prepares them for the ever-evolving field.
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At Rutgers-Camden, we take pride in our research-focused approach. Our program encompasses a wide range of research topics within the major sub-disciplines of forensic science, thanks to our extensive network within the forensic science community. This allows students to engage in research projects that contribute to advancements in the field and broaden their understanding of forensic science principles.
The Rutgers-Camden Master of Science in Forensic Science Program focuses on the following sub-disciplines:
Students can take courses focusing on the field of forensic chemistry and gain laboratory and research experience in topics related to chemical analysis, instrumentation, and forensic drug analysis. These courses equip students with specialized expertise in the chemical aspects of forensic science.
Students can take courses focusing on the field of toxicology and gain laboratory and research experience in topics related to the study of poisons, drugs, and their effects on the human body. These courses help students gain specialized knowledge in this crucial area of forensic science.
Students can take courses focusing on the field of forensic biology and gain laboratory and research experience in topics related to DNA analysis, forensic biology, and crime scene investigation. These courses enable students to develop expertise in the biological aspects of forensic science.
Hands-on learning is a cornerstone of our program. Students actively learn and practice forensic techniques that are used daily in forensic laboratories nationwide, including the latest advancements in forensic technology. This practical experience not only enhances their theoretical knowledge but also hones their practical skills, preparing them for the demands of the profession.
We believe in providing our students with ample opportunities for career building. Participation in conferences, events, and unique field experiences offers valuable networking opportunities, allowing students to connect with professionals in the forensic science community. These connections can pave the way for internships, job placements, and future collaborations.
Program in Action
Kristen Smith, an alumna, created visible fluorescent fingerprint powder. This affordable, patent-pending innovation enhances forensic fingerprinting, making it accessible globally.
The Forensic Science program explores early Philadelphia life through the Arch Street Project, revealing insights from historical human remains. Witness Benjamin Britton’s excavation from the final coffin.
Explore Rutgers University-Camden’s Forensic Science program via an informative video. Program Director Kimberlee Moran discusses its benefits, design, and key details. Watch for a comprehensive understanding.
FORENSIC SCIENCE THEORY AND POLICY (56:412:525)
This course covers forensic science theories: field overview, types, US criminal justice system integration, regulations, ethics, and communication skills.
FORENSIC CHEMISTRY (56:160:580)
This course integrates chemistry principles, techniques, and the criminal justice system, covering drug detection, arson investigation, and trace evidence.
FORENSIC & ANALYTICAL MOLECULAR BIO. (56:115:530)
This course surveys theories, quantitative analysis, and molecular bio-techniques in forensics, covering genome structure, nucleic acid analysis, PCR, and genotyping.
FORENSIC PATTERN EVIDENCE (56:412:527)
This course introduces students to the recovery and analysis of pattern evidence which includes fingerprints, footwear, tool and tire marks, blood spatter, and ballistics.
This course focuses on detecting, identifying, and quantifying toxins in the body, using pharmacology theory to understand testing procedures in the lab.
FUNDAMENTALS OF PHARMACOLOGY & PHARMACOKINETICS
This course offers a theoretical basis in pharmacology, covering pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and foreign chemical processes, with a focus on drug abuse.
|TRANSCRIPTS||An official transcript showing completion of an undergraduate degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, or related field from an accredited university; a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 is required Students applying to the program should have completed a course in Organic Chemistry with a laboratory component. Other recommended courses include biochemistry, genetics, and analytical/instrumental chemistry.|
|LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION||Two letters of recommendation from university faculty members who know you well or from research/laboratory supervisors/investigators At least one of the letters should be from faculty|
|PERSONAL STATEMENT||Personal statement about academic interests and career goals|
|WRITING SAMPLE||Submit a writing sample that demonstrates your academic writing|
|RESUME/CURRICULUM VITAE||A brief resume if one’s work experience is relevant to the application|
Preference is given to those submitted before the deadline for both decisions and funding opportunities. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered based on available space and budgetary constraints.
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Let’s begin a conversation about your academic and professional goals. If you have questions regarding the curriculum, faculty, admission criteria, or committee, please feel free to contact the Graduate Program Director. For administrative inquiries concerning the application process, campus, tuition, and fees, reach out to the Graduate School. We are dedicated to assisting you from application to graduation day.
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We invite you to explore the boundless opportunities that await you here, where a world-class faculty, diverse community, and innovative curriculum converge to nurture your intellect and foster your professional growth. Your future starts with a simple yet significant act – learning more about the exceptional programs we offer. So, why wait? Start your application journey with us, and together, we’ll unlock a future filled with possibilities and endless success.