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FIU offers three Academic Programs in Forensic Science

The Certificate in Forensic Science is an Undergraduate Program

Dr. Anthony DeCaprio (adecapr@fiu.edu)
Department of Chemistry,
Director of the Forensic Science Certificate Program

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

This undergraduate Certificate in Forensic Science is designed to educate scientists who want to pursue a career in the forensic sciences and to work in a forensic laboratory as an examiner. This program is designed primarily for chemistry or biology majors but may also be completed by other natural science majors with a minor in chemistry and who meet all the pre-requisite and program requirements. Completion of the undergraduate certifcate program in forensic science in conjunction with a BS in Chemistry is recognized by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (FEPAC) as an accreditted program in Forensic Science. Find out more here. You may also contact the IFRI secretary (Monica Prieto) at: 305.348.6211 or (mfprieto@fiu.edu).

 

The Master of Science in Forensic Science is a Graduate Program

Dr. Dee Mills (millsd@fiu.edu)
Department of Biological Sciences
Forensic Science Graduate Program Director
Director, Forensic DNA Profiling Facility
 
Important Information for Graduate Students

This program is designed for science graduates who are interested in pursuing a science-based graduate curriculum that includes a research project and thesis completion under the direction of a faculty member in the university. Practicing forensic scientists may take courses at FIU (and transfer up to 6 credits from another institution), and conduct the research project in their laboratory. Short courses (1-2 weeks) and web based courses have been developed to allow non-resident students to complete the M.S.in F.S. in approximately 2 years. This program is designed to meet the requirements of the DNA Advisory Board for DNA analysts in the Technical Leader position (for DNA track students) and meets the criteria of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) for FEPAC accreditation of graduate programs. Application deadline for Fall admission is March 1st of every year. Find out more here. You may also contact the IFRI secretary (Monica Prieto) at: 305.348.6211 or (mfprieto@fiu.edu).

Master of Science in Forensic Science students may elect to pursue the REPORT OPTION while resident at FIU. A complete description of the admission and completion requirements for the MS in Forensic Science, including the Report Option is avaialble for download from the University Graduate Catalog:

http://registrar.fiu.edu/fileadmin/templates/Registration/files/catalogs/0708/graduate/Graduate%20Forensic%20Science.pdf

The Online Master of Science in Forensic Science(Report Option ONLY)

Dr. Dee Mills (millsd@fiu.edu)
Department of Biological Sciences
Forensic Science Graduate Program Director
Director, Forensic DNA Profiling Facility

Note: This option is only available for working forensic laboratory scientists. No exceptions.

The Master of Science in Forensic Science report option is designed for practicing forensic scientists who wish to pursue the online program that requires the student to perform their research at their laboratory on a topic approved by a faculty member of IFRI and an onsite supervisor who oversees and supports the erfforts of the student. The student must be employed and have approval from their laboratory director to engage in this program. The courses are offered online, but certain courses require the presence of the student on campus for no more than a week in order to complete laboratory workshops, presentations and final examinations. Typically this is one week at the end of the semester. The findings and conclusions of the research project are written up and presented to a panel of faculty, but it does not involve a formal committee as with the traditional onsite thesis MS program.

The PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Forensic Track is a Research Program in Forensic Chemistry

Dr. Yong Cai (cai@fiu.edu)
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chemistry Graduate Program Director

or

Dr. Jose Almirall (almirall@fiu.edu)
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Director, International Forensic Research Institute


Important Information for PhD Students

This program is administered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at FIU and is designed for B.S. Chemistry graduates who are interested in pursuing a research-based graduate curriculum that prepares future researchers in the chemical sciences with a particular emphasis in forensic chemistry.  The application deadline for Fall admission is Feb. 15 of every year. Find out more here. You may also contact the Chemistry graduate secretary (Nathalie Brenner) at: 305.348.3596 or (brennern@fiu.edu).

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