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Department of Forensic Sciences

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The George Washington University is home to one of the oldest and most prestigious forensic sciences programs in the country. The Department of Forensic Sciences graduates students with the necessary technical and theoretical knowledge and skills in forensic techniques and instrumentation to enter and compete in the forensic science workforce.

The academic curriculum immerses students in rigorous scientific scholarship, hands-on experience and exciting research opportunities. Through scholarly inquiry, program participants contribute to the knowledge base and improvement of the forensic community. The program combines objective, science-based studies with opportunities for cutting-edge research alongside inspiring mentors.

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 Certificate

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Our Mass Spectrometry Lab

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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: November 1 (Spring admission available for MS in Crime Scene Investigation and Graduate Certificate in Forensic Investigation only)