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Programs leading to a Master of Science in Forensic Science at Arcadia University

4+2 Program | 3+2 Accelerated Degree Program

About the Arcadia Forensic Science Program

Forensic science is the application of science to the purposes of law. It is highly interdisciplinary by nature and has become a vital part of the judicial and regulatory system worldwide. Practicing forensic scientists, law enforcement personnel, and criminal justice professionals all recognize the growing need for highly qualified specialists who can execute established and appropriate techniques in the collection, preservation, analysis, and presentation of forensic evidence.

The Arcadia University program is one of only 11 graduate forensic science programs in the nation accredited by the Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).

The Master of Science in Forensic Science (M.S.F.S.) program is designed in a modified cohort format, and relevant coursework depends on the background of the students. Chemistry majors spend part of the first year taking the necessary biology courses that they may not have taken; similarly, biology majors take chemistry courses to achieve the proper background in chemistry. The remainder of the first year courses concern both general and specific topics in forensic science and are taken by the entire cohort. The second year also includes certain common courses as well as specialization in chemical, biological, and toxicological coursework, internships or research projects.

The M.S.F.S. degree is offered by Arcadia University in partnership with the Center for Forensic Science Research & Education and in collaboration with NMS Labs, one of the nation’s premier ASCLD-LAB and ISO 17025 accredited forensic science laboratories. This alliance provides a source of adjunct instructors, a forensic library, invaluable links to the forensic science community and guaranteed internships with some of the nation’s premier forensic scientists. State-of-the-art laboratory equipment and facilities are provided in nearby Willow Grove, Pa.

Forensic Science Faculty

  • Karen Scott, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Forensic Science Program
  • Heather Mazzanti, M.S.F.S, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, Forensic Science Program

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