Mission / Vision


Our mission is to continuously improve and enhance the practice of forensic science through innovative teaching, research and service.


The Department of Forensic Science at SHSU envisions a future where institutes of higher education and forensic science service providers work in partnership to improve and strengthen forensic science and the criminal justice system as a whole.


The Master of Science in Forensic Science degree program is a unique and interdisciplinary program, which was the first of its kind in Texas, founded in 2001. In 2009, the MSFS program received full accreditation from the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).

The MSFS is a two-year, full-time, non-thesis, graduate program. Students must complete 44 graduate semester hours of coursework covering a range of forensic science topics.

The PhD is a four to five-year, full-time, dissertation required, graduate program. Students complete 45 credit hours of core coursework, a minimum of 15 hours of dissertation and an additional 26 credit hours of electives for a total of 86 credit hours.

Topics include core courses, complemented by advanced electives, research and internship, and intensive laboratory instruction:

  • Controlled Substance Analysis
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Firearms and Toolmarks
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Instrumental Analysis
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Law in Forensic Science
  • Pattern and Physical Evidence
  • Quality Assurance and Ethics
  • Questioned Documents
  • Trace Evidence and Microscopic Analysis