M.S. in Biomedical Forensic Sciences

M.S. in Biomedical Forensic Sciences, a FEPAC accredited graduate program

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This Forensic Sciences Program trains aspiring forensic scientists in a variety of disciplines applied to crime scene investigation and evidence analysis. Professionals trained in these disciplines are crucial to today’s comprehensive forensic investigations.

The mission of the BMFS Program is to teach and model scientific rigor with high professional and academic standards as applied to the various disciplines of the forensic sciences in an effort to generate confident, competent and ethical future practitioners.

Completing this degree will qualify graduates to work as forensic scientists, DNA analysts, chemists, death investigators and crime scene responders at the local, state and federal levels.  Based on 2014 data, 47% of graduates had attained employment in a forensic lab or law enforcement, 39% reported jobs in a biomedical or related field and 15% had enrolled in an advanced degree program.

This unique program is one of the only forensic science programs in the country that is based at a major medical center, a setting that will provide students and faculty access to extensive resources and facilities.  It is one of only a few forensic sciences graduate programs in New England, and provides a distinct opportunity for individuals to pursue graduate level education in forensic science in a city that is home to more than sixty colleges and universities.  The campus contains state of the art lecture halls, seminar rooms, sophisticated computerized teaching labs and Boston’s largest biomedical research park. In addition, the campus is in close proximity to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner for Massachusetts and the Boston Police Department Crime Laboratory.

As biomedical specialties continue to provide vital techniques and practices to forensic investigation, there is now a need for broadly trained forensic professionals across the nation. Individuals trained in the basics of forensic science with a strong biomedical background will provide a crucial level of expertise to forensic investigations. The BMFS program curriculum is designed to provide a broad-based learning experience in multiple forensic science disciplines with an emphasis on those areas involving human biological evidence or aspects related to medicine such as toxicology, pathology, DNA analysis, death investigation and bloodstain pattern analysis. Graduates will be prepared to pursue a variety of career options in crime laboratories, medical examiner offices, law enforcement agencies and hospital or biotechnology laboratories.

The Biomedical Forensic Sciences program is proud to possess an array of state-of-the-art equipment housed within its Chemistry, Biology, DNA and Microscopy laboratories. The application of new and innovative methodologies within the field of forensic science has produced an immense impact whereby it becomes imperative for graduates entering the field and those who are currently working within the field to be brought up to date with these methodologies. All students obtain extensive instrumentation and analytical experience through their required laboratory courses and independent research.  Learn more here.

All students complete a program of independent research that culminates in a written thesis of publishable quality.  Data collection and analysis take place within the BMFS laboratories, in other departments at BU or at internship sites such as crime laboratories or forensically relevant industries.  Learn more about the variety of research projects our students have undertaken.

Travel grants for students presenting at conferences are available through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and the Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program.

An internship in a forensic setting is strongly encouraged, and may be approved for academic credit depending on the number of hours and the nature of the work completed during the internship. The work experience will supplement classroom learning, introduce the student to new skills and provide experience which will be beneficial to future career planning. Information about past laboratories and the process for applying to internships can be found here.

Graduates of the M.S. program in Biomedical Forensic Sciences have entered careers as forensic toxicologists, DNA analysts, drug chemists, trace evidence examiners, serologists, firearms examiners, fingerprint examiners, death investigators and crime scene responders at the local, state and federal levels. Learn more about the career paths for our graduates here.

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