Upcoming Events

January 12, 2015
Spring semester begins

January 22-25, 2015
Sanibel Conference on Security and Forensic Applications of Mass Spectrometry
Clearwater Beach, FL

February 16-21, 2015
AAFS Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL

March 8-12, 2015
PittCon, New Orleans, LA

May 4-8, 2015
Final exam week

May 8, 2015


Contact Us

Forensic Science Program
School of Criminal Justice
655 Auditorium Road
Rm 560 Baker Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

E-mail: forsci@msu.edu
Tel: 517-353-7133

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To obtain a masters in Forensic Science with a chemistry concentration, the student must complete at least 38 credits as follows:

CJ 805 Survey in Forensic Science (3)
CEM 835 Advanced Analytical Chemistry II (3)
CJ 817 Law and Forensic Science (2)
CJ 819 Forensic Analysis of Drugs and Alcohol (3)
CJ 820 Forensic Chemistry and Microscopic Evidence (3)
NSC 820 Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-Ray Microanalysis (3)
PHM 431 Pharmacology of Drug Addiction (3)
FRS 899 Masters Thesis Research (6)
Electives (chosen in consultation with an academic advisor) (12)

In addition, students must succesfully complete an oral defense of his or her thesis.


The MS in Forensic Science at MSU also offers specialization in forensic anthropology and forensic biology.

Forensic anthropology focuses on skeletal analysis, human identification, trauma, and evidence recovery.
Contact information:
Dr Todd W. Fenton (fentont@msu.edu)
Department of Anthropology

Forensic biology research encompasses individual and species identification using both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA, novel methods of DNA isolation from forensic and ancient tissue samples and stains, and genetic marker development and validation.   
Contact information:
Dr David R. Foran (foran@msu.edu)
Forensic Biology at MSU

More information on the application process for the MS in Forensic Science can be found here.