Majors & Programs of Study

Master of Science in Forensic Science

Forensic Science is the practical application of the scientific method to matters of the law. The field encompasses many different disciplines including the physical and biological sciences, engineering, social science, medicine and business. The related term criminalistics, refers more specifically to the scientific collection and analysis of physical evidence in criminal cases.


  • Small class sizes.
  • Classes meet once a week to accommodate working professionals.
  • A unique program that emphasizes the investigative aspects of forensic science.


Forensic scientists work in a variety of settings including laboratories, crime scenes, investigation units, and the courts. They may work for federal, state and local government, forensic laboratories, medical examiners offices, hospitals, universities, toxicology laboratories, police departments, coroner offices, or as independent forensic science consultants.


  • The Utah State Crime Lab is located on our campus.
  • Students have access to a state-of-the-art mock courtroom.
  • Students utilize a well-equipped forensics lab and workroom.
  • Specialized equipment associated with criminal investigations is commonly used in the courses and by students.


  • Internships within the forensics industry
  • Student membership in national organizations supporting the forensic sciences
  • Opportunity to work with professors on research


Alumni Spotlight

Name: Martin Overly, MSFS

Graduated: Class of 2009

Current job: Teaching Instructor/Internship Coordinator, West Virginia University – Forensic and Investigative Sciences

"The MSFS program propelled me into a career that I am passionate about. It has given me the opportunity to make a satisfying contribution to the forensic community. The knowledge, experience and insight of the faculty motivated me to achieve career goals which seemed improbable before starting the program. With the Southern Utah Crime Laboratory a short distance from the classroom, I had the opportunity to interact with forensic practitioners."

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