In the GW Department of Forensic Sciences, challenging science courses are just one part of our comprehensive approach to learning. Our curriculum integrates traditional study with faculty mentorship in the lab and hands-on projects, for a truly interdisciplinary experience. From identifying chemical compositions to tracking bullet casings to performing bloodstain analysis, our students graduate with the technical skills necessary to succeed in the forensic science workforce. It is important to know that background checks, similar to those required for law enforcement officers, are likely to be a condition of employment for forensic scientists.

Degrees Offered



FEPAC-Accredited Programs

The MFS in Forensic Chemistry and MFS in Molecular Biology programs are accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation  Commission (FEPAC)

Established by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), FEPAC accreditation ensures that a student’s education reflects the industry’s best practices and includes the most up-to-date training. Students with FEPAC certification are prepared to meet the surging demand for forensic DNA analysis in all areas of law enforcement.

Student Outcomes

Percentage of Students Passing on First Attempt

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023

All Comprehensive Exams

97% 97% 80% 91% 87%

MFS Comprehensive Exam

90% 96% 84% 87% 80%

Final Passing for all

100% 100% 100% 100% 100%


"I want students to remember that every case there is a family that needs to be reunited with their loved one, a victim that needs closure or a criminal that, if not apprehended, will hurt other people."

Daniele Podini
Chair, Associate Professor of Forensic Molecular Biology

Associate Professor of Forensic Molecular Biology Daniele Podini