Forensic Science is a burgeoning field of study that is partially driven by todayÆs explosion of television programs and media coverage of advancements in the forensic sciences. However, beyond the media glamour is the very serious endeavor of applying science to the administration of law. The significant new challenge of countering terrorism through the forensic analysis of evidence leading to the identification of groups or individuals responsible for terrorist acts will play a significant role in driving the future need for highly trained forensic analysts, as will the need for new rapid and accurate DNA-based methods of identifying victims of mass disasters.The Forensic Science MS degree is comprised of 32 hours of study beyond the BS degree with intensive specialization in one of two tracks, Forensic Analysis or Forensic Biochemistry. The full-time student should complete the degree in two years of continuous full-time study, while non-resident students will generally be expected to finish the degree in four years. The Forensic Science MS degree is a research-based degree requiring original and independent research that results in a written thesis to be defended before a committee consisting of two UCF faculty members and at least one other acknowledged forensic expert in the field.
International Student Requirements:
In order to enroll in graduate classes, students must have obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree, prior to the start of the term for which the student is admitted, from a regionally accredited institution or from a recognized foreign institution. International students are not eligible for nondegree/certificate status unless they hold an eligible visa. International applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early. Also, international applicants should ensure all supporting documents, including those required to issue an I-20, are received by the stated application deadline. Only official documentation is accepted and it is the student's responsibility to submit all documents by the application deadline.