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About the Forensic Science Department

Learn more about the Forensic Science Department


The MSFS program at Emporia State University is an on-campus, hands-on program. Many of our courses have corresponding laboratories, you will conduct research mentored by faculty and practitioners and are encouraged to seek internships. Learning from experts in the field with ample opportunity to develop proper laboratory skills prepares you for your future career.


Our students have presented their research at local, regional, national and international meetings. They have won awards, published manuscripts and received recognition for their achievements. Our graduates are employed in state and regional crime laboratories, private laboratories and in academic research facilities. While at ESU, you can participate in community outreach and in our student societies: The Locard Society of Forensic Science and Delta Delta Epsilon-Alpha Alpha Chapter. You also have the opportunity to serve on the Student Crime Scene Response Team in conjunction with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.


This program is the only one of its kind in the state of Kansas. Our program is fully customizable to meet your career goals and educational needs. One-on-one mentoring and small class sizes ensure that you receive personal attention.


At Emporia State University, we understand the challenges of affording a graduate degree. We offer competitive tuition rates and scholarships, including new graduate student scholarships. Graduate assistantships are available.

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.