Boston University School of Medicine

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72 East Concord Street
Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program, R806
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-638-1952
Director: Robin W. Cotton, PhD
Status: Full Accreditation for the Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Forensic

Boston University School of Medicine Biomedical Forensic Sciences, or BMFS as it’s referred to is a highly competitive school to get into, and for good reason. The Forensic Science program is one of the nation’s few forensic sciences programs to exist at a major medical center. Students can earn a FEPAC accredited MS degree that can lead to employment in places such as medical examiner’s offices, educational institutions, local, state and federal forensic laboratories, research laboratories, military and defense agencies, and private forensic laboratories.

Admitted students enjoy the wide variety of courses available at BMFS. Courses range from homicide investigation to mock court. The forensic science program takes approximately four years to complete at a full-time pace. However, graduates from this university usually go on to work in governmental positions, with law enforcement or with private forensic laboratories within months of graduating.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in either biology, chemistry, or a natural science from an accredited university. GRE or comparable examination test scores must also be turned in. BMFS also want to know why you want to attend their school through personal statements and letters of recommendation. It never hurts to have a strong background in general and organic chemistry, biochemistry, general biology, genetics, and cell/molecular biology.

If you have not received a bachelor’s degree in one of the above sciences, you must have completed the following courses to be eligible for admissions:

  • General Biology- 1 semester
  • Cell/Molecular Biology- 1 semester
  • General Chemistry- 2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry- 2 semesters
  • Biochemistry- 1 semester
  • Biology Laboratory- 1 credit
  • Chemistry Laboratory- 1 credit

Other recommended courses include:

  • Advanced topics in DNA and/or Genetics
  • Advanced topics in Chemistry

This universities GRE institution code is 3251.

Most Recent Class Profile:

Type: Public
# of Total Applicants: 600+
# Students Enrolled: 180
# of Males Enrolled: N/A
# of Females Enrolled: N/A
Overall GPA: 3.1
Average GRE Score: above the 70th percentile
Resident 1st Year Tuition: $39,314
Total Resident Cost for 4 Years: $157,256
Non-Resident 1st Year Tuition: $39,314
Total Non-Resident Cost for 4 Years: $157,256