Forensic Science, MS

  • New York City
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This program is STEM designated, which means you will be trained in areas of technology that are in high demand with United States employers. International students studying in person on student visas will be eligible for an Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension of 24 months, for a total of 36 months.

Solve Crimes Professionally

Is crime-solving your calling? Our MS in Forensic Science prepares you for a career in one of the fastest growing fields in the country. The program’s science-based curriculum provides the education and professional experience you’ll need to play a pivotal role in today’s criminal justice system and for a successful future in forensic science.

Science-Based Problem Solving

  • Pace offers fully equipped facilities for forensic chemistry and biology, including a new state-of-the-art DNA sequencing lab and specialized laboratories with virtual crime scene reconstruction software and forensic microscopy.
  • What makes our program truly unique is that our faculty members maintain full-time affiliations with the major forensic laboratories of local and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • We provide students with connections to numerous employment opportunities in labs with the New York Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the New York City medical examiner’s office.


Our 40-credit science-based program in Forensic Science offered on Pace’s New York City campus can be completed in two years of full-time study. Successful candidates have undergraduate majors in bio-chemistry, biology, chemistry, forensic science or a pre-med platform. The program prepares students for immediate careers in forensic labs and makes available to them connections to various employment opportunities.


Our program offers students the opportunity to participate in internships with investigative teams in New York City at major-area crime labs, and upon completing program requirements, students will be able to begin actively working in a forensic laboratory or consider applying for admission into medical or dental schools or advanced graduate studies in forensic science, biology, or chemistry. Students can do research in drug analysis, arson accelerant detection, genetic sequencing, and proteomics.


Home to numerous forensic laboratories, New York City alone offers many career opportunities.


  • The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Northeast Regional Laboratory, which employs forensic chemists specializing in the identification of drugs.
  • The New York City Police Department (NYPD) forensic laboratory, which employs criminalists for drug identification, fingerprints, arson, and trace evidence.
  • The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), which is the largest DNA lab in the country and employs criminalists in its toxicology laboratory and forensic biology laboratory.

Our alumni also work at governmental forensic laboratories in other jurisdictions, private forensic laboratories and major pharmaceutical companies.


Students with a bachelor’s of science in biology, chemistry, physics, or in other scientific disciplines may enter the master’s degree program, but may be required to complete some of the undergraduate science and forensic science prerequisite courses.