As the first and only program of its kind in New Jersey, the Forensic Science graduate program’s mission is to provide a program of study that prepares students for the forensic science marketplace. Students receive fundamental training in a range of forensic fields while choosing a concentration in forensic chemistry, toxicology, or forensic biology. Students receive an individualized educational experience that focuses on experiential learning, original research, and real-world application.

Admission Requirements

Matriculating Students

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology or related field from an accredited university
  • One official transcript from each post-secondary school attended
  • A personal statement and C.V. summarizing academic and professional achievements
  • A writing sample that demonstrates your academic writing
  • Two letters of recommendation from university faculty members who know you well or from research/laboratory supervisors/investigators. One must be from a faculty member

Non-Matriculating & Other Students

  • The Forensic Science program invites students of all educational experiences to apply to our program. We accept applications from non-matriculating students, former Rutgers students who would like to re-enroll and current Rutgers students interested in changing schools.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the M.S. Forensic Science program, individuals must:

  • 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. 
  • Submit a Personal Statement and C.V. summarizing academic and professional achievements; the personal statement should address your interest in forensic science and your career objectives
  • Submit a Writing Sample that demonstrates your academic writing
  • 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

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline: April 1
Spring Deadline: November 1
Applications received on or after these dates will be considered as they are received.

International Applicants

The Forensic Science program welcomes applications from qualified international students. International students must submit additional documentation. As part the admissions process, international applicants must include with their application:

  • Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • TOEFL: The minimum internet-based TOEFL score is 79. Rutgers TOEFL code: 2765

International applicants apply for a visa after they have been admitted and accept Rutgers–Camden’s offer of admission.

Important funding information

Priority for scholarships, assistantships and awards is given to applicants who submit a completed application by March 1 (Fall admission) or October 1 (Spring admission). Completed applications received on or after these dates are considered as they are received