Our Department Chair

Professor Victor Weedn

Professor Victor W. Weedn, MD, JD, is a forensic pathologist and attorney with prior academic and practitioner experience. He has published widely and hopes to build upon the forensic sciences program and increase its research effort. Learn more.

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Department of Forensic Sciences

GW is home to one of the oldest and most prestigious forensic sciences programs in the country. Located near the U.S. capital and in the heart of the national security hub, students are in close proximity to the greatest concentration of federal crime labs, and investigatory agencies in the country. These facilities provide unique access to forensic sciences experts, in addition to internship and job opportunities.

We offer the following graduate programs:

Master of Forensic Sciences (MFS)

Master of Science (MS)

Graduate Certificates


GW's Department of Forensic Sciences is the largest academic forensic chemistry group in the world. Our recently-opened mass spectrometry lab offers unparalelled hands-on learning and research opportunities. Learn more about the opening of our new lab.

We have partnered with The Bode Technology Group, Inc. in Lorton, VA to create the Bode Fellowship program. This fellowship includes a stipend and allows the selected student to study at GW while gaining valuable experience working at Bode, one of the world's largest and most well-known private forensic DNA laboratories. For more information, email forsc@gwu.edu.