Online Professional Science Master’s in Forensic Science (PSM)

Arizona State University’s Professional Science Master’s in forensic science allows you to consider career advancement in sectors such as forensic science, law enforcement, medicolegal and other closely related fields. Best suited for professionals currently in forensic science fields, the forensic science master’s program is designed to help you advance your career and develop skills related to leadership roles in this space.

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Next start date: 08/18/2022


Total classes: 9

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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What is the Professional Science Master’s in forensic science?

The forensic science master’s program allows professionals working in forensic science, law enforcement, medical and legal professions to elevate their careers in management and research. Through this program, you’ll build the talents needed to effectively work with regulatory bodies that provide the framework for oversight in forensic laboratories, consistent with the guiding principles of the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA).

What can I learn in this forensic science master’s program?

 

This online master’s in forensic science degree offers you the opportunity to advance your skills in forensic science and related fields with courses in toxicology, botany, entomology, forensic science and forensic DNA. Courses in this online program provide you with the opportunity to simultaneously explore forensic science ethics, as well as your leadership abilities in this field. You’ll also have the opportunity to utilize your current skills and experience in a culminating applied project at the end of the program.

What makes someone an ideal candidate for the forensic science master’s program?

 

The forensic science master’s program is ideal for students aspiring to hold leadership positions in forensic or crime laboratories. The curriculum was designed with students in the following backgrounds in mind:

  • You’re a practicing forensic scientist working in a lab setting. Ideally, you’re looking to enroll in the forensic science master’s program to earn more education, skill and experience to support career advancement.
  • You currently work with medical examiner’s office personnel, law enforcement or the legal community with additional training in forensic science and want greater exposure to work within a lab setting.

Not working in one of the above settings is not prohibitive from being admitted, but it is essential that students have a general interest in forensic science.

Will my forensic science degree say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Featured master’s in forensic science courses

The curriculum for the master’s in forensic science program combines core coursework and required forensic science courses focusing on areas such as ethics, pharmacology, quantitative methods and more. At the end of the program, you’ll complete an applied project on a specific area of interest in the field.


Core

Ethics in Forensic Science


Core

Forensic Science and Governance


Core

Laboratory Leadership, Policy, and Practice


Elective

Advanced Forensic Psychology


Elective

Advanced Topics in Human Forensic DNA


Elective

Applied Biostatistics in Medicine and Informatics


Elective

Biostatistics and Data Management


Elective

Criminal Procedure of Investigations for Social and Forensic Scientists


What can I do with a master’s in forensic science?

Once you complete the forensic science master’s program, you’ll have the skills and experience needed to pursue new job opportunities in the field. Graduates with a master’s degree in forensic science have careers that include, but are not limited to:

Attorney

Crime or forensic laboratory director, manager and supervisor

Forensic anthropologist

Forensic engineer

Forensic nurse

Learn from industry experts

As an ASU Online student, you’ll get the New College experience from the same faculty who teach our courses on campus from anywhere in the world. Our faculty members are some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. Our areas of expertise include psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, cybersecurity, forensic science and more. Our mission is to create an environment that prepares students to take their place in the world using the skills they have learned to pursue careers that benefit their community.

Learn from industry experts

As an ASU Online student, you’ll get the New College experience from the same faculty who teach our courses on campus from anywhere in the world. Our faculty members are some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. Our areas of expertise include psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, cybersecurity, forensic science and more. Our mission is to create an environment that prepares students to take their place in the world using the skills they have learned to pursue careers that benefit their community.

Master’s in forensic science admission requirements

Applicants to the Professional Science Master’s in forensic science online program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Application requirements

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Study at a globally recognized university

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report. 

#1


in innovation for 7 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 10


best online bachelor’s programs.

Top 10%


best global universities.

80%


of graduates reported that their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities. 

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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