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About Us

Earn Your MS in Forensic Science at a Tier One Research University

UC Davis was founded in 1908 to serve the state of California and has become one of the world's top research universities. We received more than $1 billion in research funding in 2021-2022 and are ranked 2nd nationally among public universities.

This legacy of achievement and commitment to research is reflected in our master's program in forensic science. Founded in 2002, the Forensic Science Graduate Program provides high quality instruction and advanced, hands-on training in forensic science techniques and crime laboratory methodologies. Our graduates serve as forensic science leaders in local, state, federal and private crime labs.

Our engaging curriculum, diverse faculty and outstanding professional reputation make UC Davis one of the best schools for earning your master's degree in forensic science.

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Only Forensic Science Masters Program in the UC system


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Only research-focused Masters in Forensic Science program in CA


Our Mission

Our mission is to provide exemplary forensic science education, developing in students the skills necessary for success in a science profession, including ethics, integrity, the ability to devise innovative methods and techniques, and the capacity to integrate new technology.

Our Vision

Our vision is to inspire new forensic scientists to search for the truth through science and shape the future of the field using new knowledge and innovation.

Our Goals

  • Present innovative curriculum that blends theoretical concepts and real-world examples
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Publish innovative M.S. thesis research that advances the field of forensic science
  • Instill the ethical and professional standards of forensic science in our graduates
  • Mentor and prepare students for successful careers in forensic science