Professional Science Master's in Forensic Chemistry

The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Forensic Chemistry offers students a portfolio of knowledge and experiences that will enable them to tackle issues in forensic chemistry. The program will provide students with (a) a theoretical understanding of major concepts in forensic chemistry, (b) a range of practical skills in forensic chemistry, and (c) knowledge and skills applicable to academia, industry and government. A BS in chemistry is a prerequisite.

The program includes core requirements in current topics in forensic chemistry, applied biopharmaceutics, toxicology, data analysis, as well as law, ethics and policy. The program includes required annual seminars focused on current topics and developments in the field of forensics and forensics chemistry, that are presented by leaders in the field. To further develop the PSM component of the program, hands-on training will be conducted in a modular, forensic chemistry laboratory, followed by an independent research project. The research projects will generate knowledge with the goal of developing advanced forensic skills, enabling the program graduates to effectively work in and be leaders of the discipline of forensic chemistry.
The PSM in Forensic Chemistry will:
  • Prepare graduates for a wide range of positions in the public and private sector, affecting criminal investigation and prosecution, civil litigation, legal reform, homeland security, and the advancement of technology 
  • Provide students with the scientific knowledge, managerial skills and professional qualities necessary for employment in their field 
  • Develop and strengthen employment-related problem solving abilities 
  • Positively impact the forensic chemistry and legal communities through scholarship 

Complete program details, including admissions, program requirement and courses is available here. 

The program requires attendance at three different locations: 
  • Fredric Rieders Family Foundation, Willow Grove PA
  • Temple University Health Sciences Center, North Broad St, Philadelphia PA
  • Temple University Main Campus

For more information, contact:

Susan Jansen Varnum, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

Associate Dean for Science Education

Program Director – PSM in Forensic Chemistry


Garry Cole
Program Coordinator