Professional Science Master’s in Forensic Chemistry
Develop a theoretical understanding of forensics along with the practical and real-world skills to perform objective scientific analysis with the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Forensic Chemistry at Temple’s College of Science and Technology. This 32-credit graduate degree is designed for students looking to tackle today’s challenges in forensic, environmental and other areas of chemistry.
Led by an interdisciplinary team of faculty scholars, the Forensic Chemistry PSM program prepares graduates for positions in the private and public sectors that affect civil litigation, criminal investigation and prosecution, homeland security, legal reform, and technological advancements by providing
- a strong background in analytical methodologies;
- exploration of applied biopharmaceutics, data analysis, ethics and policy, law, and toxicology; and
- hands-on training in a modular, forensic chemistry laboratory.
With opportunities to get real-world experience conducting research, the professional science master’s graduate program positions you for career advancement. Through the required internship and independent project, you’ll develop advanced forensic skills and train to become a leader within the field.
Program Format & Curriculum
Classes for the Forensic Chemistry PSM are held in the evening on Temple’s Main Campus to accommodate working professionals. The advanced, career-focused curriculum requires 32 credit hours of coursework and can be completed in two years.
Classes are a blend of research and seminar courses including
- Advanced Forensic Chemistry;
- Biotransformation of Drugs and Xenobiotics;
- Forensic Toxicology;
- Investigative Chemistry; and
- Leadership, Law and Ethics in Forensic Science.
Students must also successfully complete a final capstone project with a local biotechnology, healthcare or pharmaceutical company or conduct research at Temple under the guidance of a principal investigator as a graduation requirement.