Boston University

School of Medicine

Forensic Science


640 Commonwealth Ave

Boston, MA 02215

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Boston University's graduate forensic program is FEPAC accredited and designed to train individuals in the field of forensic sciences. Aside from being the first of its kind at a major medical institution in the United States, the M.S. program in Forensic Science is unique in the ways in which it is delivered.

Faculty from Boston University Schools of Medicine and Law, as well as city, state and federal forensic laboratories and agencies make Boston University’s Forensic Sciences Program a leader in forensic education. The faculty possess extensive experience in casework and courtroom settings in all fields of forensic science - including, but not limited to - arson and explosives; medico-legal death; DNA; forensic biology; trace analysis; pattern analysis; toxicology and law. Dr. Robin Cotton, a DNA expert who has testified in over 200 cases - including various high-profile cases - is the program director.

The high level of graduate education available from our courses and research opportunities will qualify graduates to work as forensic scientists, forensic DNA analysts, death investigators and crime scene responders at the local, state and federal levels.

Being one of the largest universities in the United States, Boston University – independent, coeducational and nonsectarian – is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. The medical campus is located in Boston's historic South End, offering unrivaled entertainment and cultural opportunities in a city that is home to more than sixty colleges and universities, and is one of the most recognizable intellectual and cultural centers in the United States.

We hold open houses for prospective students on the last Friday of every month.  Please visit our website to get more information on attending one of these sessions.


Boston University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well as FEPAC(Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission)

International Student Requirements:

International Students must submit TOEFL results. After receiving your acceptance letter from the admissions department in your graduate school or college, international students will be required to submit to the admissions office a completed International Student Data Form (ISDF) along with financial documents that demonstrate their ability to pay for expenses at Boston University.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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