Our Department Chair

Dr. Rowe is a Professor of Forensic Chemistry. He has published widely and hopes to build upon the forensic sciences program and increase its research effort. Learn more.

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MFS in Forensic Chemistry
November 29, 1:00-2:00 p.m. (Online)

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Department of Forensic Sciences

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The George Washington University Department of Forensic Sciences will graduate students with the necessary technical and theoretical knowledge, skills, and abilities with classical and modern forensic techniques and instrumentation to enter a forensic science career and to compete in the marketplace.  We will accomplish this through rigorous scientific scholarship, hands-on experiences, inspiring mentorship, and a stimulating academic environment conducive to and providing for opportunities to conduct research and scholarly inquiry and otherwise to contribute to the knowledge base of forensic science and improvement of the forensic community.   We will take advantage of our location in the nation’s capital, our national security hub, and forensic laboratory- and investigation-rich environment.  Our orientation is towards objective science-based study and application, with exposure to cutting edge research and practitioner-based mentorship.  Our philosophy is that modern forensic science requires specialization in the field.

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

We offer the following graduate programs:

Master of Forensic Sciences (MFS)

Master of Science (MS)

Graduate Certificates

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Our Mass Spectrometry Lab

GW Forensic Sciences is the largest academic forensic chemistry group in the world. Our new mass spectrometry lab offers unparalleled learning and research opportunities. Learn more.

Bode Fellowship Program

We have partnered with The Bode Technology Group, Inc. in Lorton, VA to create the Bode Fellowship program.

Admission Deadlines

Fall: April 1 (February 1 for MFS applicants applying for assistantships/fellowships)

Spring: October 1 (Spring admission available for Graduate Certificate in Forensic Investigation only)