Program in Forensic Science Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences University of New Haven

Program in Forensic Science Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences University of New Haven

West Haven, CT
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3 Degrees Offered
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University of New Haven's Graduate Studies in Forensic Science

The graduate program in Forensic Science at the University of New Haven is internationally renowned for providing students with comprehensive training in the most advanced aspects of the rapidly changing field.

Students are trained under a faculty of leading professionals in forensic science and study the most advanced practices and techniques in the field, such as DNA and fingerprint analysis, the causes of aircraft failure, and chemical properties involved in explosions. The techniques are used in careers investigating everything from white collar crime to kidnapping and international drug trade.

Students have the unique opportunity to work in real-world situations in internships and labs around the world as part of the program's emphasis on experiential learning.

Henry C. Lee at the Forefront of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science

The Forensic Science department is part of the internationally-acclaimed Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, named for founder and world famous crime investigator Henry C. Lee. In addition to authoring or co-authoring 30 books, Lee has assisted in some of the world's most high-profile cases, such as war crimes in Bosnia and Croatia, a review of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the death of JonBenet Ramsey.

As the first institution to offer a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in national security and public safety, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven is at the forefront of criminal justice and forensic science.

Well-Funded Research

The college's recent accomplishments include receiving an $850,000 grant from the United States Naval Research Laboratory to expand its Institute for the Study of Violent Groups (ISVG). The group analyzes open-source information on more than 1,500 terrorist groups worldwide, providing essential information to law enforcement and the military.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

The college also is home to the National Crime Scene Training Center and the recently opened Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, a public learning center offering cutting-edge technology. The interdisciplinary institute offers forensic science training, testing, consulting, and education.

Graduate students pursue research beyond the classroom in faculty labs that explore key challenges in forensic science.

The research lab of Professor Michael S. Adamowicz, for instance, specializes in how human DNA degrades in different types of tissues and environments, and how to improve the recovery of degraded human DNA.

Professor Fred Smith's research specializes in novel methods of drug testing, the reliability of drug testing methods, and the interdiction of traffickers.

The National Cold Case Center

Graduate students in the forensic science program have the unique opportunity to participate in the National Cold Case Center, which works exclusively with law enforcement agencies in helping to solve dated homicide and serious assault cases.

Students join faculty in reviewing old cases, and they use innovative software to study additional issues, such as terrorism and violent groups.

A Forensic Science Program With an Interdisciplinary Focus

The Forensic Science graduate program offers M.S. degrees in 3 areas of concentration: criminalistics, fire science, and advanced investigation. Students specializing in one concentration also have the option of earning professional certificates in a second track.

Coursework for each of the concentrations provides training in the most advanced analytical and scientific methods available in the field. Students complete their degree with either a forensic science research project or thesis project. Degree requirements typically can be completed in 5 trimesters.

Criminalistics Concentration

Students pursuing a concentration in criminalistics are prepared for careers as professional laboratory examiners. Coursework in this area includes classes in the methods of modern biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology involved in forensic science investigation.

Classes also include an overview of drugs as evidence and the procedures and techniques for medicolegal investigation of death, including autopsy technique and odontological procedures.

Advanced Investigation Concentration

The advanced investigation concentration trains students in the application of forensic science to investigations, forensic identification, crime scene processing, and other areas.

Coursework in this area can include advanced crime scene investigation, law, and evidence, with a focus on criminal law and criminal procedure.

Fire Science Concentration

Students in the fire science concentration focus their study and research on arson scene investigation, laboratory analysis of arson-related evidence, and other areas of arson and fire investigation.

Courses taken in this concentration include Chemistry of Fires and Explosions, Legal Aspects of an Arson Investigation, and Fire and Casualty Insurance Practices.


Admissions requirements at the University of New Haven vary according to which area of concentration a student chooses. For the criminalistics concentration, for instance, students should have an undergraduate degree in a natural science or forensic science and one semester of instrumental analysis or analytical chemistry with lab.

A natural science undergraduate degree is not essential for a concentration in advanced investigation or fire science.

An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 strengthens applications.

University of New Haven

The University of New Haven is a private university located on 84 acres in suburban West Haven, Connecticut, just between Boston and New York. The university was founded in 1920, and it has an enrollment of 5,200, including about 1,700 graduate students and 3,500 undergraduates.

Location & Contact

Program in Forensic Science

Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
University of New Haven

300 Boston Post Road
West Haven, CT 06516-1916
United States

Mr. Timothy Palmbach

Department Chair

Phone: 203-932-7116

Ms. Eloise Gormley

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 203-932-7440

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Criminalistics Certificate
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Fire Science Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 42
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 4
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


75% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 109
    • Accepted 82
    • Acceptance Rate 75
    • Enrolled 43
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 31st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline October 15th Not Reported
    • Spring deadline January 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students77
    • Female Percentage78%
    • Male Percentage22%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students77
    • Part-time Percentage23%
    • Full-time Percentage77%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American10%
    • White / Caucasian74%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races6%
    • Unknown0%