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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The Department of Forensic Sciences

Welcome to the GW Department of Forensic Sciences in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences!

Since 1968, the department's graduate degree program has offered students an opportunity to learn from scholars and practicing professionals in all aspects of forensic science. Courses are aimed at meeting the needs of professionals in the field to pursue careers in many of the disciplines found in crime laboratories and law-enforcement agencies. And, the program's unique location in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region provides students with opportunities to interact with federal, state, and local agencies.

The department proudly offers the following graduate programs:

Master of Forensic Sciences (MFS)

Master of Science (MS)

Graduate Certificates


The GW Department of Forensic Sciences now has the largest academic forensic chemistry group in the world. We have just opened our new mass spectrometry lab, which has no equal. Our Department recently made the news at our opening of our new lab.

We are pleased to announce the partnering of our Department with The Bode Technology Group, Inc. in Lorton, VA for the creation of the Bode Fellowship program. The Fellowship includes a stipend and will allow the selected student to attend our program while gaining valuable experience at Bode, one of the world's largest and most well-known private forensic DNA laboratories.