Forensic Sciences

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Forensic Sciences (M.F.S.)
Location(s): Mount Vernon Campus - Northwest DC

Program Overview

As part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ natural, mathematical and biomedical sciences programs, the forensic sciences program provides an understanding of the integration of forensic disciplines with the investigation of criminal activity, along with an overview of the analytical methods, procedures, equipment and data used by forensic specialists. Coursework emphasizes the identification and analysis of evidence as well as the interpretation and reporting of the results.


In addition to forensic sciences, an M.F.S. is available in the following programs of study: forensic chemistry and forensic molecular biology.  An M.S. degree is available in crime scene investigation.  The program’s location in Washington, D.C., provides students with opportunities to interact with federal, state and local agencies. 


The Graduate Certificate in forensic investigation is offered online.


This is a STEM-designated degree program.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – April 1 (February 1 for M.F.S. applicants applying for assistantships/fellowships)

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5246) required; waived for applicants who hold a J.D., M.D., or Ph.D.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prerequisite requirements:

An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, with a major in a natural science or forensic science. 

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application.

International applicants only: 

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
 The George Washington University
 801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 215
 Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
 [email protected] ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday