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College of Humanities & Sciences

Department of Forensic Science

93% of master's graduates are lab employed in 6 months. 95 days: the average time from master's graduate to lab employment [View Image]

Student Performance

Peer-Reviewed Publications and Presentations

Research projects completed as a part of the VCU Department of Forensic Science graduate research program have been successful in providing faculty, professionals and students with opportunities to contribute to the knowledge base of forensic science. Student research performed as a part of this program has led to development of standard operating procedures for operational laboratories, presentations at local, regional and national meetings, and peer-reviewed journal publications.  Since 2005, student research has led to more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and more than 500 platform talks or poster presentations.

Research from this program is regularly presented at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS), the Promega International Symposia on Human Identification, and Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT). Recent manuscripts from this research program have been published in journals including:  the Journal of Forensic Science, the Journal of Forensic Identification, the Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Diagnostic Molecular Pathology, American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology, and Forensic Science International.

Class of 2020 Graduate Placement Statistics Six Months After Graduation
Class of 2020 (n=16)NumberPercentage
Employed F/T Analytical Lab318.7%
Employed Forensic Lab F/T1062.5%
Employed Using MSFS1381.2%
Pursuing Advanced Grad Degree212.4%
Not employed16.2%
Forensic Laboratory Employment Setting
Class of 2020 (n=10)NumberPercentage
Federal Lab110%
State/Regional Lab330%
Local/County Lab110%
Private Lab550%


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