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Forensic Science

trent university forensics science master's student looks into a microscope during the graduate program

Forensic Science

Forensic Science M.Sc.F.S.

(Pending Ministry Approval)

Pending Ministry approval, the first Canadian Masters of Science in Forensic Science has been designed  for you to learn and implement best practices in forensic science.  You will be engaged for three semesters in 8 core courses and 2 electives; 5 courses per term, as outlined below. The electives are aligned to your intended area of study (such as electives in biology, chemistry, or environmental sciences).  In the third semester, you will complete an independent, hands-on forensic placement resulting in a research thesis at a recognized academic, private or public sector institution.

The M.Sc.F.S. program is a professional course-based program that will allow you to:

  • gain an understanding of the value of research and case-specific experimentation
  • develop effective communication techniques to present technical scientific analysis to scientific, legal and non-scientific audiences. 

The 12 month curriculum was designed to align with the requirements of the American Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission’s (FEPAC) certification standards.  FEPAC accreditation is of significant benefit to international career choices requiring American accreditation. 

The proposed courses:
Semester 1: Communication Science and Forensic Reporting , Advanced Forensic DNA Typing, Research Design and Statistics in Forensic Science, Advanced Topics in Forensic Science, Elective 1
Semester 2: Complex Crime Scene Analysis, Presentation of Expert Evidence and the Courts, Advanced Forensic Toxicology, Leadership in Forensic Science, Elective 2
Semester 3: Forensic Placement

If approved, the anticipated launch date for the program will be  Fall 2018. Prospective students are advised that offers of admission to a new program may be made only after the university's own quality assurance processes have been completed and the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance has approved the program.  For more information about the program please contact forensicscience@trentu.ca.