Master of Forensic Science in Forensic Toxicology

The Master of Arts in Forensic Science in Forensic Toxicology is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) and prepares students for careers in a medical examiner's office or a private testing laboratory. Students learn how to conduct analyses of biological samples, interpret their findings, and determine the presence of drugs.

Prerequisite: A bachelor's degree in chemistry or biology from an accredited university with course work through instrumental analysis or permission of the department. In addition to the required courses in each of those majors, the following specific courses are strongly recommended: instrumental analysis, physiology, and biochemistry.

Required: The general requirements stated under the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. The program of study consists of 36 credit hours of approved course work. All candidates are required to pass a written Master's Comprehensive Examination.

Required Courses

FORS 6292  Graduate Seminar (Entry)
FORS 6292 Graduate Seminar (Exit)
FORS 6004  Fundamentals of Forensic Sciences I
FORS 6005  Fundamentals of Forensic Sciences II
FORS 6215  Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists
FORS 6225  Statistics for Forensic Scientists
FORS 6020  Professional Responsibility and Quality Assurance
FORS 6231  Principles of Toxicology
FORS 6232  Analytical Toxicology
FORS 6234  Medicinal Chemistry I
FORS 6235  Medicinal Chemistry II
FORS 6236  Forensic Toxicology I
FORS 6237  Forensic Toxicology II


FORS 6295  Research (1-3 credits)

Additional appropriate courses may be selected from the other courses offered by the Departments of Forensic Sciences, Pharmacology, etc.

It is strongly recommended that students participate in FORS 6298, the forensic sciences practicum.

Additional degree requirements are set forth in the University Bulletin. Students are encouraged to participate in an internship program in one or more local toxicology laboratories.

Toxicology Research

Toxicology Research

Looking to learn more about toxicology and drug abuse? The National Institute on Drug Abuse has a number of resources for students and researchers.

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