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Masters in Forensics Rankings

Master of Forensics Rankings

Because there are several academic disciplines associated with forensics we have selected schools for psychology, forensics science, information technology and criminal justice that have relevant master's degrees. The study of forensics science requires a strong science undergraduate background; the other fields are open to students with a variety of bachelor's degrees. While some of these programs can be found as online options that may or may not be the case in the schools we have listed in our rankings, simply because forensics remains an area of specialization that is not as commonly taken up at the graduate level as other specializations in these fields.

    • Boston University has the second Master in Forensic Sciences degree in New England and the only one offered in Massachusetts. This degree is heavily science oriented, providing students with a strong biomedical background. The focus is on the forensics that occurs in police labs and other biomedical research facilities. Applicants must have a baccalaureate in biology or one of the natural sciences, or have completed a list of nine undergraduate courses in biology and chemistry subjects. Electives for the degree include Forensic Toxicology, Crime Scene Investigation, Advanced Topics in DNA Analysis, and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis.
    • University of Illinois/Chicago offers the Master of Forensic Science through the Biopharmaceutical program in the School of Pharmacy. The curriculum description cites the four basic academic cornerstones of forensic science, which include Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry & Trace Evidence Analysis, Drug Identification & Toxicology, and Pattern Evidence. Electives in the program which allow for some degree of specialization include Biostatistics, Forensic Microscopy, Pharmacodynamics of Substance Abuse, and Spectroscopy in Medicinal Chemistry. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in biology or chemistry.
    • Rochester Institute of Technology includes an option of emphasis on Malware and Computer Forensics with the Master of Computing Security & Information Assurance degree. This is an on-campus degree program but many of the classes are available online. The prerequisite undergraduate degrees are in a computer related major with strong theoretical background or engineering, science, or mathematics. The option of taking bridge courses in lieu of the undergraduate degree is also acceptable.
    • John Jay College of Criminal Justice located in New York is one of the ranked schools in its field. There is a Master of Forensic Psychology degree offered at this school as one of a suite of graduate programs related to criminal justice. Computer Forensics is another. The degree in Forensic Psychology includes some interesting electives: Hypnosis, Psychology & the Law, Advanced Forensic Assessment, Personality Profiles of the Homicidal Offender, and Empirical Crime Scene Analysis.
    • University of Massachusetts at Lowell offers the Master of Criminal Justice with specialization in Forensic Criminology. The University suggests this degree as appropriate for professionals in nursing/public health, law and paralegal studies, psychology, and social work as well as those in law enforcement and criminal justice. Courses in the specialty include Mental Health & Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology, Criminal Profiling, Victimology, and Criminal Mind & Criminal Behavior.
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