A Master's Program in Forensic Science and Law

As a graduate-level program, the M.S. in Forensic Science and Law merges the intricacies of forensic science techniques and principles with the legal system. Dive into a realm where you explore the collection, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence, all while navigating the legal and ethical dimensions that encompass it. In this immersive experience, you will gain knowledge while cultivating a deep understanding of the criminal justice system and the pivotal role forensic science plays within it. As a graduate, you emerge primed for impactful careers in forensic science, law enforcement, crime laboratories, and beyond.

The opportunities don't end here. Many of you, as graduates of this program, will extend your horizons with advanced degrees in forensic science, law, or related fields. Your journey in the world of forensic science and law is uniquely tailored to your aspirations and potential.

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Forensic Science and Law Summer Workshop

The Forensic Science and Law fraternity, Phi Sigma Lambda, invites you to apply for our 20th Annual Forensic Science and Law Workshop hosted at Duquesne University this summer!

Faculty and Staff

Pamela Marshall, Ph.D.

Pamela Marshall, Ph.D.

Director and Associate Professor, Forensic Science and Law

Lyndsie Ferrara, Ph.D.

Lyndsie Ferrara, Ph.D.

Teaching Assistant Professor, Forensic Science and Law

Matthew Regentin, M.S., IAAI CFI

Matthew Regentin, M.S., IAAI CFI

Teaching Assistant Professor, Forensic Science and Law

Benjamin Wecht, M.A.

Benjamin Wecht, M.A.

Program Administrator for the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law, Forensic Science and Law

Hear From An Alumna

Brea Hogan

"I really appreciate how Duquesne advocates students to participate in summer research, which was how I was able to land internships at JPL. I continually use the skills I cultivated in the Forensic Science and Law program throughout my doctoral studies.”

Brea Hogan, MS Forensic Science and Law '18 Laboratory Technician - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (URP) offers paid summer opportunities for students to gain vital research experience in STEM fields. The program spans ten weeks, running from May 20 to July 26, 2024, and encompasses research, community engagement, seminars, ethics education, and concludes with a research symposium.

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Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law

The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law is a premier educational and research institution that offers a variety of programs for students and professionals in the forensic science and legal communities. Named after Dr. Cyril Wecht, a renowned forensic pathologist, lawyer, and educator, the institute offers programs in forensic science, as well as a variety of professional development courses and workshops for forensic scientists, attorneys, and other legal professionals.

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Student Organizations

Step into a world of connections and growth through our MFSL student organizations, Phi Sigma Lambda and Delta Delta Epsilon. Phi Sigma Lambda offers dynamic intellectual growth and professional development, fostering analytical minds in forensic science. Delta Delta Epsilon is an international honor society that combines academic excellence and community impact, making you a force for positive change in the realm of forensic science.


Accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission.

  • The Forensic Science and Law Master Degree Program is fully accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission. Our program is one of an elite group of forensic science programs to be accredited at the master's level. First obtained in 2009, our accreditation has been renewed twice.
  • FEPAC is sponsored by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), which awards the designation after a strict evaluation every five years. FEPAC-accredited programs have been rigorously reviewed and found to meet the standards for high quality forensic science education.
  • By choosing our accredited program, you will have the added assurance that your education will assist you in establishing a career in forensic sciences.

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Our Misson

As a student in our five-year program you will receive the best forensic science education possible. Our mission is to provide you with a high quality education in the natural and forensic sciences, and to advance scientific knowledge and improve society through research and education, thereby contributing to the mission of Duquesne University. 

Program Goals

You will learn laboratory-based natural biology and biochemistry as well as forensic scientific and legal foundations. By the time you enter the workplace you will be prepared to start your career with an excellent background and knowledge base in the forensic sciences. You will also have a comprehensive knowledge of the applicable principles of the law as it pertains to forensic science.

Program Objectives

As a student in our program, you will: Have an appreciation of professional and ethical concepts early in your college education, gain an understanding of the nexus that forensic science has with the law, have a comprehensive science and math educational background in order to be successful in upper level courses, be able to apply scientific principles to forensic problems in a laboratory setting, experience the broad diverse nature of the forensic community by participating in local, regional and national professional organizations and/or meetings, have an appreciation of the advances and changes in the forensic sciences and be able to adapt to those changes and have skills and a level of knowledge that will allow you to be a significant contributor to furthering the science of forensics upon graduation.

Questions? Contact Us!

Pamela Marshall

Director and Associate Professor

Forensic Science and Law

Pam Marshall