The College of Criminal Justice's Department of Forensic Science is rich in history yet heavily geared toward the future. The Department of Forensic Science offered Texas' first accredited Master of Science in Forensic Science degree program and continues to make strides in the field today.

Our MSFS degree program is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) and gives students the flexibility to tailor a degree toward their interests and professional goals.

Sam Houston State University is a recognized leader in forensic science education, having established the first FEPAC-accredited MS program in Texas back in 2009 and the first PhD in Forensic Science in the United States in 2015

Our graduates have placement rates of over 90% in forensic science laboratories and research positions across the nation. Students utilize campus resources such as the latest scientific equipment found in crime labs and the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science (STAFS) Facility - one of only a few "body farms" in the nation.

The Department of Forensic Science also offers professional development and research opportunities through the Institute for Forensic Research, Technology and Innovation.

From the laboratory to the courtroom and everything in between, we have the tools you need to build a career in forensic science.

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