(clockwise from upper left) Jace Daniels, Patrick Hill, Beverly Cox, and Kelly Texter presented posters at the 2014 annual meeting of the Alabama State Association of Forensic Sciences.(clockwise from upper left) Jace Daniels, Patrick Hill, Beverly Cox, and Kelly Texter presented posters at the 2014 annual meeting of the Alabama State Association of Forensic Sciences.The Master of Science in Forensic Science program is one of only 16 programs in the US accredited by FEPAC, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission. Our program prepares students for careers in various forensic science and conventional analytical laboratories, emphasizing the application of scientific methods and technologies to legal proceedings. It may also be used to build a strong foundation for doctoral and professional studies and offers the opportunity for students to pursue a graduate certificate in computer forensics that involves additional, elective coursework.

According to the National Institute of Justice, students wishing to pursue a career in forensic science should be aware that positions in these fields usually require extensive background checks similar to those required for law enforcement personnel, and are likely a condition of employment. Graduates from the program are very successful in gaining employment within a year of graduating. During the period 2011-2013, 25 students completed our program and 88% found positions in a laboratory, are teaching, or continued their education by pursuing a doctorate, professional degree, or a second master's degree.

The program support includes many UAB faculty members from other departments, personnel from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences' Birmingham laboratory, the Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office, and local forensic science-related private institutions.  In addition, the program maintains a close working relationship with the DNA profiling laboratories of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and hosts the editorial offices of the Forensic Science Review (the only review journal in forensic science). Faculty research and practice focus especially on forensic aspects of drug chemistry and DNA-based identification.


Further Information

For more information contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Forensic Science, Elizabeth Gardner.