Master's in Forensic Science

Master's in Forensic ScienceThe Forensic Science concentration is provided by the College of Pharmacy. It consists of 18 credits of required courses and a further 14 credits of electives covering a wide range of forensic disciplines. Please note, of the 14 elective credits required for the degree, at least 4 credits need to be a PHA course number. Courses in forensic medicine, forensic anthropology, drug analysis, toxicology, entomology, criminalistics, environmental forensics, biological evidence, blood spatter and forensic DNA analysis are available. This program may be of interest to those currently working or seeking employment in the following areas:

  • Crime laboratories
  • Medical Examiners Offices
  • Police departments
  • Criminal defense and prosecution attorneys
  • Hospital and Clinical Chemistry Laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • High school science teachers

Upon completion of the program, your diploma will state Master of Science in Pharmacy issued by the Graduate School of the University of Florida. Your transcripts will read Master of Science in Pharmacy, graduation date, major Pharmaceutical Sciences, concentration Forensic Science.

Application Information

Master's Degree Application

Forensic Science Master’s Program - Course Overview

Core-Required Courses

Core-Required Courses MUST be completed before your final semester and must be completed before the Required Courses.

Course #Course TitleCreditsSpringSummerFall
PHA 6853 Biological Evidence and Serology 3 x   x
PHA 6850 Principles of Forensic Science 3 x x x
VME 6613 Forensic Toxicology I 3 x   x
VME 6766 Laboratory QA/QC 3 x x x
PHA 6935 Applied Statistics for Data Analysis 3 x x x

Recommended Course Order

Required Courses

Required Courses MUST be completed in your final semester.

Course #Course TitleCreditsSpringSummerFall
PHA 6936 Literature Survey (Forensic Science) 2 x x x
PHA 6936 Special Topics in Forensic Science (on location in Gainesville) 1 x x x

Elective Courses

At least 14 elective credits must be taken in addition to the above 18 credits. They can be taken in any semester prior to the final semester. Only 14 credits are required from the elective course list and can be taken in any order (see notes).

Course #Course TitleCreditsSpringSummerFall
PHA 6535 Principles of Nucleotide Activity 2 x x x
VME 6614 Forensic Toxicology II 3 x x  
PHA 6534 Toxicology of Chemical Weapons 3   x x
PHA 6935 Advanced Criminalistics 2 3   x x
PHA 6856 Blood Distribution and Spatter 3 x x  
PHA 6425 Drug Biotransformation & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity 3 x   x
PHA 6935 Biosecurity and Microbial Forensics 3   x x
PHA 6851 Forensic Analysis of DNA 3 x x x
PHA 6855 Forensic Genetics 3 x x x
PHA 6854 Forensic Immunology 3 x x  
PHA 6471 Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry 3 x   x
VME 6605 Toxic Substances 3 x x  
PHA 6935 Forensic Entomology 3 x x x
PHA 6935 Organic Structure Elucidation 3 x   x
PHA 6417 Pharmaceutical Analysis 2 3 x   x
VME 6602 General Toxicology 3 x   x
PHA 6852 Mammalian Molecular Biology 3 x x  
PHA 6840 Medicinal Chemistry of Drugs of Abuse 3 x x  
PHA 6935 Metabolic Biochemistry 3 x   x
PHA 6354 Natural Medicinal Products 3 x   x
PHA 6935 Environmental Forensics 1 3   x x
PHA 6935 Environmental Forensics 2 3   x x
VME 6650 Principles of Mammalian Pharmacology 4 x x
PHA 6935 Forensic Anthropology I 4 x x x
VME 6934 Forensic Medicine I 4 x x x
PHA 6935 Forensic Medicine II 4 x   x
PHA 6935 Crime Scene Laboratory (in person component in Alachua, FL) 3 x x


  • Principles of Forensic Science should be taken and completed before Advanced Criminalistics 2.
  • Environmental Forensics 1 should be taken before Environmental Forensics 2.
  • Forensic Medicine 1 should be taken before Forensic Medicine 2.

Recommended Course Order

The following is a recommended course order for Forensic Science:

  • Forensic Toxicology I, Biological Evidence and Principles of Forensic Science should be completed early in the program.
  • Forensic Medicine 1 should be completed before Forensic Medicine 2.
  • Environmental Forensics 1 should be completed before taking Environmental Forensics 2.
  • Principles of Forensic Science should be completed before Advanced Criminalistics 2.
  • Special Topics and Literature Surveys MUST be completed in the final semester.

Course Syllabus Catalog

The general course policies and the most recent course syllabus catalog are available as a PDF for download here.

Requirements To Earn Degree

32 credits are required to earn this MS degree.

Grade Requirements

The only passing grades for Graduate Students are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, and C. Please note C+ and C grades count toward degree only if an equal number of courses numbered 5000 or higher have been earned with B+, A-, or A, respectively. If a grade of C- or below is earned, the student will need to re-take the course when it is offered again to have it count toward a MS degree.

Please also note, as stated below, courses taken before being in the MS status must be earned as a B grade or higher to transfer toward the MS degree. Grades earned with a B- or less will not transfer.

Transfer of Credits Toward MS

A maximum of 15 transfer credits are allowed to count toward a MS degree. These can include no more than 9 credits from institution/s approved by UF, with the balance obtained from nondegree and/or certificate courses at the University of Florida. These courses must be graduate level (5000-7999) and earned with a grade of B or better and the course(s) cannot have been taken longer than seven years from the term you begin as a MS student. To have credits reviewed for transfer from another university, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the following:

  • a copy of your transcript (including a transcript key usually found on the back of the transcript)
  • a course syllabus for review of what was covered in the course, and
  • which course(s) you would like to be considered for transfer and which course(s) you think the course(s) will replace in the Forensic Science Program.

We will forward the request to the Supervisory Committee for your major who will then make a decision. Also, if your official transcript is not already on file with the University Registrar, please sent it to:

University of Florida
Office of Registrar
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

Graduation Requirements

Please read the information regarding the master's graduation credit requirements for your last term.

Special Topics Course

The 1-credit special topics course will consist of three days of reviews, oral examination, and comprehensive final examination in Gainesville, Florida. Refer to Critical Dates for specific dates the course will be held each term.


In addition to tests, examinations and other assessments incorporated in the individual courses, masters students will be required to take a comprehensive final examination on the courses covered in this program.

Supervisory Committee/Academic Advisor

A faculty member within the department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, and with graduate faculty status, will supervise all of the students enrolled in this program. If students have inquiries about the program curriculum or their schedule of courses they should contact the faculty advisor. Currently this person will be This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Library Access

Students taking UF Forensic Science courses will also be granted online access to UF's Health Center Libraries.