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The Master of Science in Forensic Science and Law

Woman in forensic science labThe Master of Science in Forensic Science and Law is the Nation’s only entry-level program combining science and law answering a critical need for skilled professionals in the exciting, yet challenging field of forensics. View the program curriculum.

This five-year program of rigorous study is open to graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated an interest in the sciences and their application to the civil and criminal justice systems. The program curriculum allows students to take course work toward earning a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry or Biology.

The program’s faculty includes professors from both the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and Duquesne University’s prestigious Law School, making it the only one of its kind in the nation.

Program Accreditation

The Forensic Science and Law Master Degree Program is fully accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission, which is sponsored by the American Student in forensic science labAcademy of Forensic Sciences. Duquesne University's program is one of an elite group of forensic programs nationwide to be accredited at the master's level. Read more.

The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law

The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law offers opportunites for students in the Master of Forensic Science and Law program to hear and network with invited speakers during Institute sponsored workshops and conferences.

The Institute was established at Duquesne University in the fall of 2000 through the efforts of Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, former Allegheny County Coroner and one of the world’s leading medical-legal consultants.

What's so Exciting about the M.S. in Forensic Science and Law?

Student in forensic science labRecent developments in scientific research and technology have revolutionized the pursuit of justice. The role of the forensic scientist is to uncover the facts that lead to the truth. He or she must be highly trained to apply scientific principles and techniques to the analysis of evidence. At the same time, this individual must understand the legal framework in which the science is utilized.