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What will I learn?

The M.S. Program in Forensic Science, which awards a Purdue University degree, requires 30 credit hours of study beyond the baccalaureate level.

Why choose this program?

The Forensic and Investigative Sciences Master Program is a 1 year accelerated program designed for a part-time or full-time student. If you want to become a professional forensic scientist, who desire employment in the criminal justice field or a related area, this program helps you to quickly reach your career goals.


The non-thesis Forensic Science MS Program may be completed full-time or part-time, however, only full-time students may complete the program in 12 months. The new 12-month accelerated Forensic Science MS (non-thesis) program is available in both Forensic Biology and Forensic Chemistry. This program consists solely of advanced coursework and laboratory courses. The program is based on 30 credits of completed coursework.


The Forensic and Investigative Sciences Master Program is designed for students seeking careers as professional forensic scientists who desire employment in the criminal justice field or a related area.

Students must apply in one of the following concentrations; forensic chemistry or forensic biology. All students take a core of required courses and are listed here:

Core Courses (all students must take)

  • FIS 50500 - Current Issues in Forensic Science (3 cr)
  • FIS 51500 - Legal Issues in Forensic Science (3 cr)
  • FIS 50600 - Advanced Forensic Microscopy (3 cr)
  • Additional Required Courses (for Forensic Biology and Forensic Chemistry Concentrations)
  • Forensic Biology Forensic Chemistry
  • FIS 52100 - Forensic Biology (3 cr) FIS 51100 - Forensic Chemistry I (3 cr)
  • FIS 53000 - Population Genetics (3 cr) FIS 51200 - Forensic Chemistry II (3 cr)

Full and part-time thesis students will take an additional course in their area of specialty (and with the guidance of their thesis advisor. The remainder will be composed of the Forensic Science Seminar Series (1 cr) and FIS 69800 Thesis research (9 cr or 10 cr depending on your area of concentration).

The full-time thesis MS program consists of 30 semester credit hours. It is anticipated that the program can be completed within two years. For full time thesis students, students are encouraged to identify a thesis topic with the help of the FIS faculty as soon as possible in the program. It is normally expected that the research and write up of the thesis will take at least one year of the program. Collaborative research projects with local forensic science laboratories are encouraged. Thesis research done in conjunction with a crime lab must be approved by the student's thesis director at IUPUI.
The Forensic & Investigative Sciences Program currently has four full-time faculty actively involved in forensic science research.

Which department am I in?

School of Science

Study options

Full Time (30 semester credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$19,805.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

420 University Blvd,



46202, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Minimum admission requirements for the Master of Science degree include undergraduate courses in basic biology, including cell biology and genetics, general and organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics, including calculus. Biochemistry is recommended. Coursework deficiencies should be addressed during the first year of enrollment. Applicants must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (B). Scores on each section of the GRE general test should exceed 55 percent.

For international students

Students must have received a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in the United States or another country.

English Language requirements:

All non-native speakers of English must also submit proof of English proficiency unless the applicant has a Bachelor's degree or higher from the US or a predominantly English-speaking country.

IELTS score of 6.5

TOEFL (iBT) score of 79

IUPUI Program for Intensive English (PIE) - Level 7 Check with your academic department for approval

Any ELS center located in the US or Canada - Level 112 Check with your academic department for approval

Degree from an English-speaking Country - Completed Bachelor's degree or higher from one of these designated countries (both lists)

ECFMG Certification - Official certification received from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.