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Forensic Science Doctorate Degrees
(found programs from 39 schools)


Welcome to the most complete directory on the Web of Doctorate in Forensic Science programs. It contains all the nationally accredited programs, from 39 schools across the country.

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One of the most exciting aspects of the field of forensic science is how quickly it changes. From year to year, and even more frequently at times, new types of technology are created. These technological advances help forensic scientists process evidence more effectively, more quickly, and more accurately. The field of forensic science is built on change, and because of that, it needs a core of dedicated researchers and instructors.

A doctoral degree in forensic science can help you build on the knowledge you've gained at the undergraduate level. It combines extensive study in the theory of forensic science with greater development of your practical skills. In addition, you choose one area to study in-depth. This subject is the basis of your future career, whether you plan on going into research, teaching, or both. With a doctoral degree, you may be able to go into a college teaching career or a forensic science research career. Ready to find out more about what this degree can do for you? Learn more about earning a doctorate in forensic science now.

Doctorate Level Forensic Science Course Curriculum

Studying forensic science at the doctorate level can give you unique insight into this field and into criminal justice as a whole. You should plan on spending between four and eight years on this degree, depending on how rigorously you study and how much support you have while completing your thesis. While earning this degree, you may work as a research assistant or a teaching assistant at the undergraduate level.

The courses you take as a doctoral student may include courses in science, in criminal justice, and in law. You may take classes that are divided into different concentrations—for example, research, practical experience, and laboratory work. In the early semesters of your PhD, your courses may include Crime Scene Reconstruction, Analysis in Forensic Toxicology and Chemistry, and Criminal Law & Ethics. Advanced courses in forensic science include Forensic Trace Analysis, Quality Management in Forensic Science, Forensic Serology, and Human Molecular Biology.

In addition to your typical lab and lecture courses, you must complete a thesis to graduate with a doctorate degree in forensic science. Your thesis addresses a specific research question, developed by you and your thesis advisors. This may be in a type of evidence analysis, a specific type of crime, or another specialized area of forensic science. For most students, the thesis is the longest part of a PhD program.

Potential Career Possibilities with a Doctorate in Forensic Science

Since a doctorate degree in forensic science gives you incredibly extensive experience and knowledge in this field, you may be able to explore a number of career paths before deciding how you would like to spend your days. If you are interested in educating the next generation of forensic scientists and forensic technicians, you may want to go into education. This may give you the freedom to conduct research in forensic science, design classes, and serve as a mentor to students. Per O*Net, biological sciences professors earn an average salary of $75,740 per year. O*Net expects job openings in this field to increase by 20% through 2022 (O*Net, 2012).

If your degree focused on the chemical work involved in forensic science, you may wish to become a chemical technician. Chemical technicians spend most of their time in the laboratory, processing various chemicals and creating reports on different substances. The average salary for a chemical technician is $43,310 per year (O*Net, 2013). Job openings in this field may increase by 9% through 2022 (O*Net, 2012).

It's clear that a doctorate degree may benefit you personally and professionally. Is now the time to explore this option? If so, contact doctorate programs in forensic science in our directory to request more information today.

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Arizona

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Arkansas

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California

Alliant international University (San Diego, CA)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Forensic Psychology, Doctor of Psychology - Forensic Psychology
Henley-Putnam University (San Jose, CA)
Programs Offered:

Doctorate - Strategic Security (online)
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Irvine, CA)
Programs Offered:

Psy.D. Clinical Forensic Psychology - Irvine, CA
University of the Rockies Online (San Diego, CA)
Programs Offered:

PhD - Criminology and Justice Studies (online)
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Colorado

Colorado Technical University Online (Colorado Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Management - Criminal Justice (online)
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Delaware

University of Delaware (Newark, DE)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology
Widener University (Wilmington, DE)
Programs Offered:

Joint PsyD/MA - Criminal Justice
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District Of Columbia

American University (Washington, DC)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Justice, Law, and Society
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Florida

Florida International University (Miami, FL)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Chemistry and Biochemistry - Forensic Track, Doctor of Philosophy - Public Management - Criminal Justice Administration
Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Criminal Justice and Criminology
University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
Programs Offered:

M.A./J.D. - Criminology, Law, and Society, PhD - Criminology, Law, and Society
University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Criminology
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Georgia

Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:

PhD - Criminal Justice and Criminology
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Illinois

University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Criminology, Law, and Justice
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Indiana

Indiana University Bloomington (Bloomington, IN)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Criminal Justice
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Massachusetts

Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Criminology and Justice Policy
University of Massachusetts-Lowell (Lowell, MA)
Programs Offered:

Doctoral Program in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Western New England University (Springfield, MA)
Programs Offered:

PhD - Behavior Analysis
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Michigan

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Programs Offered:

PhD in Criminal Justice
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Minnesota

Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

PhD Counselor Edu/Supervision - Forensics (online), PhD Counselor Edu/Supervision - Trauma/Crisis (online), PhD Human Services - Criminal Justice -CB (online), PhD Human Services - Criminal Justice -SD (online), PhD Public Policy - Criminal Justice (Course) (online), PhD Public Policy - Criminal Justice (Mixed) (online), PhD Public Policy - Homeland Security (Mixed) (online), PhD Public Policy - Homeland Security (online), PhD Public Policy - Terrorism/Peace (Course) (online), PhD Public Policy - Terrorism/Peace (Mixed) (online)
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Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Administration of Justice
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Missouri

University of Missouri-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
Programs Offered:

PhD - Criminology and Criminal Justice
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Nebraska

University of Nebraska-Omaha (Omaha, NE)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Criminology and Criminal Justice
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New York

CUNY-The Graduate Center (New York, NY)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Criminal Justice
SUNY-Albany (Albany, NY)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Criminal Justice
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North Dakota

Minot State University (Minot, ND)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Criminal Justice
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Pennsylvania

Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
Programs Offered:

PhD - Criminal Justice
University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Public and International Affairs
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Texas

Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, TX)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Juvenile Justice
Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX)
Programs Offered:

PhD - Criminal Justice
Texas Southern University (Houston, TX)
Programs Offered:

PhD - Administration of Justice
Texas State University-San Marcos (San Marcos, TX)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Criminal Justice
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Virginia

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Justice, Law, and Crime Policy
Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)
Programs Offered:

PhD - Criminology and Criminal Justice
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Washington

Washington State University (Pullman, WA)
Programs Offered:

PhD - Criminal Justice