Professional Science Master’s in Forensic Chemistry

Learn to use science to identify unknown materials with the Professional Science Master’s in Forensic Chemistry in Temple’s College of Science and Technology. The degree prepares you for a wide range of positions in the private and public sectors that affect civil litigation, criminal investigation and prosecution, homeland security, legal reform and technological advancements.  

Forensic chemists are in high demand and are essential in the analysis of evidence for civil and criminal cases. Through the program, you’ll learn the scientific methods used to detect, examine and process nonbiological trace evidence for the purpose of identifying unknown materials. You’ll study both the legal and the scientific aspects of forensic chemistry and gain conceptual knowledge and practical skills from classes in analytical and forensic chemistry, applied biopharmaceutics, data analysis, ethics, law and toxicology.

In addition to the curriculum, annual seminars facilitated by leaders in forensic chemistry will keep you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field. Students gain hands-on experience through the program’s onsite modular, forensic chemistry laboratory where many courses are taught. You’ll also complete an internship and an independent study project, which set you up for success as a forensic chemistry professional.

A Temple student wearing safety goggles and gloves pouring liquid into a beaker.

Classes & Curriculum

In this 32-credit-hour degree program, some of your courses will include

  • Data Analysis and Evidence,
  • Introduction to Toxicology,
  • Investigative Chemistry, and
  • Leadership, Law and Ethics in Forensic Science.

Learn more about Forensic Chemistry PSM courses.

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Satellite Opportunities

The program requires attendance at several campus locations, including

Some instruction for the program also takes place at other professional forensic chemistry sites.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Professional Science Masters offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2022–2023 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,252.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,628.00 per credit

Learn more about our tuition and fees.