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Scientific Research
in Pursuit of Justice

Revealing and understanding crucial evidence


Forensic Science Info Session: January 20

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Join us online for an information session discussing the field of forensic science and GW's Master of Forensic Science, Master of Science in Crime Scene Investigation and Graduate Certificate in Forensic Investigation programs.



Who We Are


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The George Washington University's Department of Forensic Sciences offers advanced study in crime scene and forensic investigation, forensic chemistry and forensic molecular biology.

As one of the oldest and most prestigious forensic programs in the country, our academic curriculum immerses students in rigorous scientific scholarship, hands-on experience and exciting research opportunities. Through scholarly inquiry, students contribute to the knowledge base and collaborate with faculty experts to advance the forensic community.

GW's location in the heart of the nation's security hub places students in close proximity to unparalleled opportunities for internships and meaningful employment beyond graduation.


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What We Offer 

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Expert Faculty

Faculty have extensive experience in the classroom and the field. Students often conduct research alongside faculty mentors.

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Hands-On Experience

Our state-of-the-art laboratories are equipped with mass spectrometers, forensic instrumentation and the latest in computer technology.

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Career Opportunities

In Washington, D.C., students have access to a large concentration of internship and job opportunities in crime labs and federal investigative agencies.


"The GW teachers weren't just academics; they were speaking from life experience. They talked about the stresses they faced, the mistakes they made and what really goes on in the forensic world each day. "

Adrienne Borges

MFS '06

Spotlight on Alumni

Laboratory scientist Sathya Prakash Harihar, MFS ’19, takes a break during his 16-hour shift examining COVID test samples

Forensic Science Alumnus Help With COVID-19 Crisis

April 10, 2020
During the coronavirus pandemic, alumni are coming to the aid of their communities—in their hometowns, across the country and around the world. Here are a few examples of the many ways Colonials are impacting lives and inspiring hope.
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Closing Cold Cases

March 13, 2019
Forensic sciences alumni are clearing a massive backlog in untested sexual assault kits. Their findings can bring peace of mind to victims and put criminals behind bars.