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MS in Forensic Medicine

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Master of Science Degree in Forensic Medicine

Forensic experts are an integral part of our justice system. As a student in our Master of Science (MS) in Forensic Medicine program, you will develop the knowledge and skills to analyze physical evidence and establish facts in civil or criminal cases.

Our full master's degree program prepares you for the challenges of forensic medicine by helping you acquire a baseline of analytical and critical thinking skills. These skills will enable you to positively impact your community and the lives of your patients and their families.


Forensic Medicine Master's Degree: Program Overview

Image of 2018 Award for Best Online Master's in Forensic MedicineThe program is designed for individuals who have an undergraduate degree and background in the sciences.

The curriculum consists of one year of didactic (face-to-face classroom) coursework that meets one weekend per month followed by a year of online coursework as well as a capstone project.

Coursework includes forensic pathology, research design and methodology, law and evidentiary procedure and principles of forensic medicine.

Classes during the first year (August-May) will be held approximately one weekend a month on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Online classes begin in the summer of the second year.

For additional details, view the course sequence for the Master of Science in Forensic Medicine Program.


How to Apply

Work experience is not required to enter the program and recent college graduates are accepted into the program.

Those applicants who are interested in applying for the Master of Science in Forensic Medicine Program but who do not have an undergraduate degree and background in the sciences may first apply to the Pathway course. Visit the Forensic Medicine application requirements page for more information.

Careers in Forensic Medicine

Career paths and, in some cases, volunteer opportunities for graduates of the MS in Forensic Medicine degree program may include the following:

  • Accident scene investigator
  • Autopsy technician
  • Coroner
  • Forensic investigator
  • Legal consultant
  • Trauma
  • Emergency medicine
  • Psychiatric nurse
  • Sexual assault nurse examiner
  • Social services investigator and/or advocate

Learn more about forensic careers and what you can do with a degree in forensic medicine.


Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid

PCOM is committed to helping students maximize funding sources and minimize student debt. Visit our Office of Financial Aid section to learn about cost of attendance, types of aid available and how to apply for financial aid.

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Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Evans Hall, Suite 403A-6
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215-871-6796 | Fax: 215-871-6865

Gregory McDonald, DO, FCAP
Chair and Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology

Terri Curry
Academic Coordinator