The Master of Science in Forensic Science program at Emporia State University was developed with the input of crime lab directors across the Midwest to ensure that it was preparing students for the workforce. High tech facilities and equipment allow students in this program to gain an education not offered elsewhere.


Our students have given 20 presentations at local, regional, and international meetings and have won 3 research-based awards. One hundred percent of the students that applied for internships in 2017 were placed. Our program was awarded a chapter of Delta Delta Epsilon (Alpha Alpha chapter) in 2016 and our students started The Locard Society of Forensic Science, a student service organization, in 2015.


This program is the only one of its kind in the state of Kansas, and is designed as a cohort program to allow students to network within their field.


At Emporia State University, we understand the challenges of affording a graduate degree. We offer competitive tuition rates and scholarships, including a new graduate student scholarship, are available for both on campus and online students.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MS Forensic Science program at Emporia State University, students will:
  •  Gain experience in a variety of analytical techniques in forensic biology, forensic chemistry, toxicology, and trace evidence.
  •  Perform research in an area of their choosing while being mentored by faculty and practitioners in the field.
  •  Learn to effectively communicate their findings to a wide variety of audiences.

Criminal History

Students considering a Master of Science in Forensic Science must be mindful of the fact that internship or employment in a crime laboratory requires extensive background checks. Potential employers may not hire applicants who have been arrested for or convicted of felony and serious misdemeanor violations such as:
  •  Alcohol and drug violations
  •  Property crimes (i.e. theft or burglary)
  •  Violent crimes (murder, sexual assault, domestic violence, etc)
  •  Firearms-related crimes
  •  Moral turpitude (indecent exposure, solicitation of a prostitute)
  •  Serious traffic violations
  •  Serious credit problems.
Other crimes not listed above may also be grounds for an applicant to be eliminated as a potential intern or employee. Untruthfulness during any part of the application process is normally grounds for disqualification as well. Prospective students are strongly urged to consider this when applying to the program and to contact the Interim Program Director with any concerns or questions prior to application to the MSFS program.