Accelerated B.S. and M.S.
If you're interested in fast-tracking your advanced education, the accelerated B.S. and M.S. program is for you.
In it, you can earn both the B.S. and M.S. in Forensic Science in a minimum of five and a half years by completing approved graduate courses during your senior undergraduate year. You may count up to 12 hours of graduate courses toward both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. That means you can earn the two degrees with a minimum of 150 credits rather than the 162 credits necessary if your pursued the two degrees separately.
As a graduate of the B.S. and M.S. program, you will have advanced training in forensic science through a combination of laboratory and classroom work and will gain important professional development skills.
The goal of the accelerated program is to significantly enhance your qualifications to pursue a career in the forensic science field. Alternatively, you may also consider pursuing advanced study in doctoral or professional programs on an accelerated timetable.
Admission requirements, degree requirements, recommended course sequences and more information about the program can be found at VCU Bulletin.
Tours of our facilities are available for prospective high school and transfer students. Visit our Take a Tour page for upcoming dates and info on how to register to attend.
Study in Our New STEM Building
The College of Humanities and Sciences opened a new, 169,000-square-foot STEM building in spring 2023 where the Department of Forensic Science has laboratory and classroom space. A crime scene classroom and laboratory and an anthropology/forensics laboratory are located on the third floor. The fifth floor houses the forensic microscopy/firearms analysis/latent prints classroom and lab.