The Master of Science in Forensic Science and Law

Mission Statement

Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit is a Catholic University, founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, the Spiritans, and sustained through a partnership of laity and religious. Duquesne serves God by serving students – through commitment to excellence in Students in forensic science labliberal and professional education, through profound concern for moral and spiritual values, through the maintenance of an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity, and through service to the Church, the community, the nation, and the world.

The Duquesne University five-year Forensic Science and Law Program in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences will provide the best forensic science education possible. The mission is to provide students with a high quality education in the natural sciences, forensic sciences, and to advance scientific knowledge and improve society through research and education, thereby contributing to the mission of Duquesne University.


The program will teach laboratory-based natural biology and biochemistry as well as forensic scientific and legal foundations. The Program will prepare students to enter the workplace and start their careers with an excellent background and knowledge base in the forensic sciences. The student will also have a comprehensive knowledge of the applicable principles of the law as it pertains to forensic science.


  1. Students in labA student will have an appreciation of professional and ethical concepts early in their college education.
  2. The student will gain an understanding of the nexus that forensic science has with the law.
  3. The student will have a comprehensive science and math educational background in order to be successful in upper level courses.
  4. The student will be able to apply scientific principles to forensic problems in a laboratory setting.
  5. The student will experience the broad diverse nature of the forensic community by participating in local, regional, and national professional organizations and/or meetings.
  6. The student will have an appreciation of the advances and changes in the forensic sciences and be able to adapt to those changes.
  7. The student will have skills and a level of knowledge that will allow him/her to be a significant contributor to furthering the science of forensics upon graduation.