BS/MS in Forensic Science

FOS 761 students in a field mock crime scene exercise in Central Park
What is the goal of this program?
Why a BS/MS in Forensic Science?

Employers in public crime and private toxicology laboratories typically require a minimum of a bachelor's degree in natural science and hands-on training in relevant scientific and instrumental methods for entry-level positions. However, obtaining additional skills and knowledge through a graduate degree enhances candidates' qualifications for higher-level positions, special projects, and promotions. The BS/MS accelerated degree in Forensic Science program at John Jay aims to provide undergraduates with a faster path to a graduate degree, which will better prepare them for success in the job market. Instead of six-plus years of study, BS/MS students will complete both degrees within one five-year period.

The accelerated degree program builds on the Forensic Science major, providing comprehensive instruction in specialized forensic disciplines such as Molecular Biology, Toxicology, and Criminalistics.  

It offers students advanced scientific knowledge, technical skills, and a direct pathway to careers in physical evidence testing, DNA analysis, toxicology, and related fields within forensic science.

The program is designed to award students a bachelor’s and master’ s of science in forensic science and equip them with the expertise needed to excel in diverse roles within this dynamic and evolving field.


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Dr. Mechthild Prinz,

Dr. Marta Concheiro-Guisan, 

Classroom with material for Forensic Anthropology class, including a full skeleton and 3 skulls
Further Info
Further Info

Who is eligible for the program?

  • Only Forensic Science majors at John Jay;
  • In their second year;
  • Must have a math and science GPA and an overall GPA of 3.0 or above.

Students who have begun taking specialized science classes (typically third- and fourth-year students) are not eligible to apply.

If you think you are eligible, please email with your name and student ID number for further advisement.

How do students apply for the program?

Interested John Jay Forensic Science students should consult with Dr. Mechthild Prinz (  Students should apply in the spring of their second year (after completing 60 credits or less). If accepted, students will be notified about "conditional acceptance" and advised to enroll in a modified undergraduate course flow for the first semester of their third year.


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See also: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)