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Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute, Syracuse University

Graduate Student Success Summary:

The Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute at Syracuse University is proud to offer six distinguished master's degree programs:

  1. Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) Advanced Track-FEPAC accredited
  2. Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) General Track
  3. Master of Science in Medicolegal Death Investigation (MSMDI)
  4. Master of Science in Biomedical Forensic Science (MSBFS)
  5. Master of Science in Digital Forensics (MSDF)
  6. Juris Doctorate/Master of Forensic Science (JDMS) - a dual program in collaboration with the law school.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is threefold: to educate and prepare the next generation of highly qualified forensic practitioners, to conduct innovative scientific research supporting emerging forensic science technologies, and to collaborate with practitioners across government, private industry, and academia to promote and advance the fields of forensic science and national security.

FEPAC Accreditation and Program Highlights:

The Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) Advanced Laboratory Track was accredited in 2019 and is recognized as one of the 20 fully accredited MSFS programs by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). This accreditation ensures adherence to rigorous standards encompassing faculty qualifications, curriculum content, hands-on laboratories, internships, and quality forensic science research.

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Graduate Outcomes:

The following data summarizes the post-graduation outcomes for each program over the last five years (2019-2023):

  • Overall:
    • Total Graduates: 191
    • Employment/advanced degree enrollment rate: 97%
    • Note: 25 students were uncontactable, and 6 students reported unemployment.
  • MSFS Advanced Laboratory Track:
    • Total Graduates: 56
    • Employment/advanced degree enrollment Rate: 100% within 6 months
    • Note: 7 students were uncontactable.
  • MSFS General Track:
    • Total Graduates: 51
    • Employment/advanced degree enrollment Rate: 93% within 6 months
    • Note: 9 students were uncontactable, and 3 reported unemployment.
  • MSMDI Track:
    • Total Graduates: 17
    • Employment Rate: 100% within 6 months
  • Note: 3 students were uncontactable.
  • MSBFS Track:
    • Total Graduates: 56
    • Employment/advanced degree Enrollment Rate: 95% within 6 months
    • Note: 13 students were uncontactable, and 2 reported unemployment.
  • JDMS Track:
    • Total Graduates: 11
    • Employment Rate: 92% within 6 months
    • Note: 2 students were uncontactable, and 1 reported unemployment.
  • MSDF:
    • Note: Program commencement data is pending.

Collaborative Achievements:

Below are several collaborative achievements which exhibit the success of our students within the forensic science community, both through research projects and internships.

Graduate Internships (2019-present)

Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Michigan State Police Laboratories

New Jersey State Police/ Office of Forensic Science

SSPC Archives

San Diego Police Department Crime Laboratory

US Department of Veterans Affairs-Syracuse, NY

Indiana State Police

Metro Nashville Police Department

Syracuse University Department of Public Safety

Weill Cornell Medicine

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS/ICE/OPLA)

Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC)

Dewitt Police Department

Jackson County Medical Examiner Office

Onondaga County Center for Forensic Science-Forensic Laboratories

Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

Livingston County Probation Department

Utica Police Department Crime Scene Investigation Unit

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Honors Internship

Hennepin County Crime Lab

New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office

United States Attorney's Office

Onondaga County Center for Forensic Science Toxicology Laboratory

Onondaga County 911 Center

Yellow Tulip Project

McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center

New Jersey State Police

Graduate Research Projects MSFS Advanced Track (2019-present)


Examining Validity, Reproducibility and Sensitivity of the Quantification of 11-Nor-9-Carboxy-đťš«đťź—-Tetrahydrocannabinol in Urinary Samples via GC-MS with Various Extraction Methods

Quantification of Creatinine in Urine Samples

The Detection of 11-nor-9-carboxy-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol in Urine using Various Extraction Methods and Investigating its Reproducibility, Sensitivity, and Validity through GC-MS

Spatial Analysis of Global Black Spots: Working Toward the Construction of a Predictive Model

Machine Learning for Compound Classification of Drugs of Abuse

Visualization and Quantification of Epithelial Cells on Ammunition

Kratom: Extraction and Quantitation Methods of Mittragynine in Urine Samples

Single Cell Analysis Using the DEPArrayTM NxT System: Implications for Forensic DNA Mixture Deconvolution


DNA Sequence Analysis in Forensic Science: A case for motif-specific stutter modeling

An initial investigation of secondary transfer and predicting DNA mass

Environmental Effects on the Corrosion Rates of Fired Ammunition Components

Extraction of Mitragynine in Synthetic Urine by Three Solid Phase Extraction Columns

Detection of Carboxy-THC in Oral Fluid by SLE+ and GCMS

Molecularly Imprinted Polymers on Quartz Crystal Microbalance for Viral and Bacterial Detection

Bacterial Spore Differentiation using DEPArray™ NXT Individual Cell Assortment: Proof of Concept

Quantitation of DNA Present on Shotgun Shells

Amplicon Panel Development for Identification of Decomposition Sites

Reinforcement of The Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiner's Theory of Identification through the Analysis of tool faces


Sex-based targeted recovery of cells in a heterogeneous mixture: selective labeling of male and female like-cells using a Y-chromosome specific probe

Testing the Effect Wind Conditions have on the Accuracy of Impact Angles and Point of Origin Determinations in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Attribution database: genomic plant database for forensic attribution

Molecularly imprinted polymer-based biosensors for the detection of viruses

Comparison of mRNA profiles of native Bacillus subtilis versus laboratory grown cultures

Machine learning in forensic toxicology: Classification of chemical compounds

Sleep, Emotion Regulation, and Conduct Problems: A Feasibility and Pilot Study with Adolescents


Sequencing and Classification of Microbial Species for PMI Estimation

DNA Crime Scene Contamination Via Talking and Breathing

Postmortem Changes in Human Teeth: A Simulated Incineration Study of Tooth Exposure to Fire

Sex-Based Targeted Recovery of Cells in a Heterogeneous Mixture: Separating Male and Female Like-Cells

Recommendations for a Best Practices Model to Prevent DNA Contamination via Talking and Breathing at Crime Scenes

An Analytical Approach to Distinguish Human from Faunal Skeletal Remains

A Survey on Forensic Anthropology Education and Work

Differentiation of Positional Isomers of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS)

Study of Untraceable Firearms

Optimizing Separation of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Mixed Samples Through Chemical and Enzymatic Treatments

Novel DEPArrayTM Application for Bacterial Spore Differentiation in Environmental Samples

Parental Mentalization and Discipline Strategy Among Veteran Parents

Determination of the Mechanism of Sex Reversal in Chickens after Soos Treatment

Color Perception and its Ability to Influence Eyewitness Recall

Rapid Identification of Semen using STK™ Sperm Tracker Spray


Recovering Latent Prints from Medical Masks

Whole Genome Amplification of a Single Cell

An Assessment of the Risks of Contamination Associated with the Use and Handling of Gloves During DNA Testing

Differentiation of Bacterial Spores in Environmental Samples Using DEPArray™ Technology

Evaluating Manufacturing Marks and Resizing Die Marks using Lapua 223 Remington and Starline 9mm Cartridges Cases and Small Batch Manufactured Resizing Dies

Increased Accuracy and Precision in the Detection of Human Semen Stains on Clothing Fabrics using the STK™ Sperm Tracker STK Lab

Utilization of Yarrowia Lipolytica for Geographical Attribution

Best Practices: Culturing, Counting, and Extracting Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. kurstaki as a Microbial Control

Increasing the Precision and Accuracy of the Detection of Semen Stains on Household and Vehicle Fabrics Using STK™ Sperm Tracker Lab

Increasing the Sensitivity of a Quartz Crystal Microbalance Sensor with Holographic Gratings

Characterizing Stutter in Single Cells: Towards a Better Understanding of Slipped-Strand Mispairing

Advancements in single cell identification and recovery: separating like-cell and body fluid cell mixtures

An Unsupervised Machine Learning Approach to Differentiating Allelic Signal from Artifactual Signal in Capillary Electrophoresis Analysis of Amplified DNA

Graduate Research Projects MSFS General Track, MSBFS

Machine Learning to Determine Latent Fingerprint Age

Effects of Acute Drug Intoxication on the Rate of Indoor Decomposition

Phylogenetic-Based Differential Extraction: A First Step to Leverage Universal DNA Profiles

The Impact of terrorism on Border Security in the EU: case of the Islamic State

Risk & Opportunities in Forensic Science Decision Making

Photogrammetry and 3D Scanning Technologies in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Reanalysis of Literature in Forensic Interpretation of Bloodstains on Fabrics

Optimization of the Forensic Application of DEPArray NxT

CSI effect: Does frequency of watching crime scene shows influence an individual’s portrayal of a crime scene investigator

Psychopathy in Children

Child Death Review Teams: Adding a Disability Studies Professional

DNA Transfer During the Laundry Process

Quality of Secondary Transfer of Latent Prints Between Surfaces Under Various Conditions

Techniques for the Detection of Pyrotechnic Residues in the United States of America

Graduate Employment

Our students have excelled in various collaborative ventures within the forensic science community, including placements at prestigious institutions and organizations such as:

Position Agency/Company
Chemist Federal Bureau of Investigation
Forensic DNA Analyst North Dakota State Forensics Laboratory
Teaching Assistant Forensic and Security Sciences Institute-Syracuse University
Latent Print Examiner Houston Forensic Science Center
Forensic Scientist Las Vegas Police Department's Forensic Laboratory
Crime Scene Technician Manatee County Sheriff's Office
DNA Analyst Minnesota Bureau of Investigation
Forensic Biologist Defense Forensic Science Center
Deputy Public Defender for the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender
Medicolegal Death Investigator Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office
Firearms Examiner United States Army
Forensic Autopsy Technician Medical Examiner’s Office Washington DC
Medicolegal Death Investigator Duchess County
Forensic DNA Analyst North Carolina State Crime Laboratory
Peace Officer and Commander DPS at Syracuse University
Research Fellow Defense Forensic Science Center - Georgia
Investigator Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office
Assistant Forensic Investigator Oneida County, New York
Forensic Investigator Harris County Institute of Forensic Science
Medicolegal Death Investigator Dane County Medical Examiner's Office
Analytical Associate IV Gene Therapy Program, University of Pennsylvania
Firearms Examiner South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
Molecular Biologist Advanced Testing Laboratory and Medical Scribe at Wilson Health
Forensic Scientist North Carolina State Crime Laboratory
Toxicology Medical Technologist Quest Diagnostics
Scientist Firearms and Toolmarks - Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office
Firearms Examiner Houston Police Department
Forensic Scientist Nassau County Medical Examiner’s Office
Criminalist NYPD Police Laboratory
Criminalist Concord Police Department, California
Firearms Examiner Milwaukee Police Department
Forensic Scientist ACM Global Central Laboratory (NY)
Community Outreach Coordinator U.S. Attorney’s Office, California
Firearms Examiner Australia
Training Coordinator USAF
Lab/NIBIN Technician Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
Human Rights Officer NYS Division of Human Rights
Attorney City of Chicago
Technician Icon Pharmaceuticals
Research Associate/Microbiologist Advanced Botanical Consulting
Quality Control American Maid
Forensic Scientist New York State Police
Initial Screening Technologist (Forensic Toxicology) Laboratory Corporation of America
Crime Scene Technician Waterbury Police Department
Quality Assurance Analyst Anheuser Busch
Analyst Evans Analytical Group
Forensic Biologist/DNA Analyst NYC Chief Medical Examiner's Office
Assistant Director at ACR Health Syracuse
Firearms Examiner State of Wyoming
Latent Print Examiner State of Ohio
Autopsy Technician Galveston County Medical Examiner Office
Forensic Lab Technician Kern Regional Crime Laboratory
Medical Examiner's Assistant Office of the Chief Medical Examiner- Boston
Technical Processing Assistant Lab Alliance of CNY
Latent Print Examiner Worcester Police Department
Criminalist Long Beach Police Department Forensic Science Division
DNA Analyst Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences
Mission Operations Commander USAF - Beale Air Force Base
Tissue collection MTF Biologics
Medicolegal Death Investigator Knoxville - TN
Forensic Specialist Branded Camp Services Inc.
Medicolegal Death Investigator Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office
Criminalist Latent Prints- Iowa DCI Crime Lab
Latent Print Examiner Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences
Assistant Professor Madonna University Forensic Science Program
Toxicologist Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office
Professor of Forensic Science Alfred State University
Forensic Scientist DNA and Serology - Texas Department of Public Safety
Graduate Course Assistant Syracuse University
Technician Connecticut State Forensics Laboratory
Firearms Examiner State of Virginia
Forensic Chemist U.S. Customs Border Protection Laboratories and Scientific Services SW Regional Center
Latent Print Examiner Atlanta Police Department (GA)
SGS-CRS/RSTS Chemist New Jersey
Intelligence Analyst Colorado Division of Homeland Security
Crime Scene Analyst I Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (NV)
Medical Legal Death Investigator Minneapolis - MN
High School Chemistry Teacher Brazil
Laboratory Scientist Total Lab Solutions
DNA Technician Sorenson Forensics
DNA Analyst Erie County Forensic Laboratory (PA)
Medicolegal Death Investigator Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office (AZ)
Research Associate II 10X Genomics
Coordinator Anne Arundel County Police Department
Law Clerk Los Angeles District Attorney's Office (CA)
Assistant District Attorney Onondaga County (NY)
Assistant Prosecutor Essex County Prosecutor's Office (NJ)
Sheriff’s Deputy Madison County
Research Technician Upstate Medical University
Emergency Medical Technician Rural/Metro Corporation
Medicolegal Death Investigator Franklin County Coroner's Office
Public Defender Defender Association of Philadelphia
Criminal ID Technician Burlington Police Department
Lab Technician/Manager Millersville University
Forensic Science Teacher Syracuse School District
Medicolegal Death Investigator Monroe County Medical Examiner
Chemist U.S. Department of Justice
Forensic Chemist Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene
Medical Technologist Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Law Clerk Nixon Peabody LLP
Law Clerk Oswego County District Attorney's Office (NY)
Medicolegal Death Investigator Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office
Investigator NYC Department of Corrections
Surgical Tech Upstate Medical Hospital
Second Lieutenant Army National Guard
Chemist Federal Bureau of Investigation
Associate- Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence Berkeley Research Group LLC
Criminalist DNA Unit - Crime Laboratory at Tucson Police Department (AZ)
Clinical Systems Analyst Elligo Health Research
Laboratory Technician HealthQuest Esoterics
Quality Assurance Auditor PPD Laboratories VSD Labs
Eye and Tissue Recovery Team Leader ConnectLife Syracuse
Judicial Law Clerk Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court
Customer Success Manager NYC DOC at American Prison Data Systems
Inspector at Criminal Record Division Royal Thai Police
Research Assistant Cold Case Justice Initiative
Forensic Scientist County of Ventura - California
Clinical Research Coordinator Meridian Clinical Research
Information Aide Investigations Bureau at Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office
Forensic Toxicologist Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, Cleveland (OH)
Forensic Scientist DNA - Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory Division
Course Instructor Harvard University for Medicine and Healthcare
Crime Scene Technician South Fulton Police Department (GA)
Production Scientist Biovision Inc.
Deputy Medical Examiner Ulster County Department of Health - Kingston New York
DNA Analyst North Carolina State Crime Lab
Assistant Director Myanmar Police Force- Naypyitaw
Molecular Technologist Quadrant Biosciences Inc
Product and Application Service Specialist Northwell Health
Medicolegal Death Investigator Office of Chief Medical Examiner - Virginia
Crime Scene Specialist Albuquerque Police Department
Laboratory Technician Highpower Validation Testing & Lab Services
Molecular Biologist Advanced Testing Laboratory and Medical Scribe- Wilson Health
Medicolegal Death Investigator Cook County Medical Examiner
Associate Scientist Bristol Myers Squibb
Coroner Investigator Ottawa County (OH)
Medicolegal Death Investigator Jefferson County Medical Examiner
Toxicology Technician Harris County Medical Examiner's Office (TX)
Adjunct Instructor Lackawanna College
Health Care Manager Salvation Army
Chemistry/Forensic Science Teacher Jamesville Dewitt High School
Intelligence Analyst Kings County District Attorney’s Office (WA)
Deputy Medical Examiner Ulster County Department of Health
Medical Investigator Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office
Medical Examiner Assistant the Office of Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Forensic Scientist Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences
Senior Leader New York Army National Guard
Forensic Scientist Niagara County Sheriff’s Department Forensic Laboratory
Medical Examiner Investigator Hennepin County (MN)
Death Investigator Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office
Medicolegal Death Investigator Pinal County Medical Examiner
Laboratory Technician New York State Police Crime Laboratory
DNA Analyst Czech Republic- Forenzni DNA Servis
DNA Analyst Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences
Tutor University of Florida
Operating room Scheduler Upstate Medical University
Emergency Medical Technician MyMichigan Health
Attorney New York State Supreme Court- Appellate Division
Crime Scene Investigator Flagler County Sheriff’s Office
Control Center Specialist Rapid Response Monitoring
Death Investigator Regional Medical Examiner's Office in New Jersey
Death Investigator City of Nashville, Tennessee
Planner Center for Court Innovation
Director of Operations CyberSquire
Science Teacher Central Square High School
Assistant Quality Control Scientist Bristol Myers Squibb
Chemistry Teacher Westhill Central School District
Substance Abuse Counselor Conifer Park
Science Teacher DeRuyter Central High School