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Forensic Sciences (MFS)

Learn by doing in one of Canada’s only two Masters of Forensic Science Programs

A research-intensive accelerated Masters degree within 12 months.

The program is designed to advance the scientific skills of graduates of undergraduate programs in forensic science accredited by the Forensic Science Education Program Education Commission (FEPAC), a standing committee of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).

Laurentian University’s Department of Forensic Science was the first in Canada to be granted full accreditation of undergraduate Forensic Science degrees through the American Academy of Forensic Sciences’ (AAFS) Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). 

Academic Advisor

Dr. James Watterson

Telephone: 705-675-1151 ext 4349

Email: jwatterson@laurentian.ca

Office: F-325, Science II Building, Sudbury Campus

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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must present a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent in Forensic Science. Preference will be given to degrees accredited by the Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). A minimum average of 75% is required.

Application process

Step 1. Click here to submit the online application. Once students have applied, they will receive instructions (typically within 48 hours) from the Office of Admissions leading them to the MyLaurentian portal. Students can access the portal at my.laurentian.ca; sign-in credentials will be provided in the correspondence received from the Office of Admissions upon successful completion of an application. The following documents will be required in order to complete an application.

Documents for Internal Candidates:

  • Statement of Forensic Discipline Interest* (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian)
  • Official Academic Transcript(s) from all post-secondary studies* (Please note that current or prior Laurentian University students do not need to request transcripts from Laurentian)  

Documents for External Candidates: 

  • Three Reference Forms (to begin the process at my.laurentian.ca click on "Reference Submission" on the left-hand navigation menu)
  • Statement of Forensic Discipline Interest* (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian)
  • Official Academic Transcript(s) from all post-secondary studies* (Please note that current or prior Laurentian University students do not need to request transcripts)  

 

Step 2. Once the Admissions Office receives all information and the application is deemed complete, the application will be forwarded to the department.  An Admissions Committee meets to review the applications.

 

Step 3. The Admissions Committee will review all applications on file and make a decision regarding the suitability of each applicant.  The Admissions Committee will then make a recommendation to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Laurentian University. The Graduate Studies office will verify the dossier and if satisfactory, the Dean of Graduate Studies will forward the recommendation to the Office of Admissions at Laurentian University for admission. 

 

Step 4: If approved for admission, the Office of Admissions will send the student an Offer of Admission via MyLaurentian.  Applicants wishing to accept the offer of admission must indicate their response on MyLaurentian within 3 weeks of receiving the offer. Once the student has accepted the offer, a transition to the registration process occurs.
 

*Statement of Forensic Discipline of Interest

Describe your career interests in forensic practice, including the specific forensic discipline that you wish to specialize in. Specifically, describe how the Master of Forensic Science program structure will help you to achieve those goals.

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


 


Students must follow these regulations while in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

 

M. Forensic Science - General Specialization

Trimester 1:    

     FORS 5026EL                   Principles of Quality Assurance in Forensic Science 

     FORS 5016EL                   Seminar in Forensic Science Research and Practice

     Two courses from among:

          FORS 5036EL              Advanced Topics in Forensic Chemistry and Instrumentation

          FORS 5056EL              Advanced Topics in Forensic DNA Analysis

          FORS 5046EL              Advanced Topics in Forensic Toxicology

Trimesters 2 &3:

     FORS 5005EL                   Major Applied Project

 

M. Forensic Science - Molecular Biology Specialization

Trimester 1:    

     FORS 5026EL                   Principles of Quality Assurance in Forensic Science

     FORS 5056EL                   Advanced Topics in Forensic DNA Analysis

     FORS 5016EL                   Seminar in Forensic Science Research and Practice

     One  course from among:

          FORS 5036EL              Advanced Topics in Forensic Chemistry and Instrumentation

          FORS 5046EL              Advanced Topics in Forensic Toxicology

Trimesters 2 & 3:

     FORS 5005EL                   Major Applied Project

 

M. Forensic Science - Chemistry/Toxicology Specialization

Trimester 1:    

     FORS 5026EL                   Principles of Quality Assurance in Forensic Science

     FORS 5036EL                   Advanced Topics in Forensic Chemistry & Instrumentation

     FORS 5046EL                   Advanced Topics in Forensic Toxicology

     FORS 5016EL                   Seminar in Forensic Science Research and Practice

 

Trimesters 2 & 3:

     FORS 5005EL                   Major Applied Project