Program Overview

The University of Florida’s Master of Science in Pharmacy, focusing on Forensic Science, is an increasingly popular course of study. The M.S. in Forensic Science is made possible by the university’s College of Pharmacy, and administered under the Department of Medicinal Chemistry. This major may be of particular use to individuals who are currently working in or seeking employment in areas such as crime laboratories, medical examiner’s offices, police departments, criminal defense and prosecution attorneys, hospital and clinical chemistry laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry, and as high school science teachers. This program’s distance learning delivery was designed with working professionals in mind who wouldn’t normally have the freedom to pursue a traditional graduate degree on-campus due to family, location, or work commitments.

The M.S. in Forensic Science program’s curriculum consists of 11 courses, or 32 credits, plus a comprehensive final examination. Out of this 32 total, 18 of these credits are required core courses, and the remaining 14 credits are divided among elective courses, which the student selects based on their personal interests and professional goals. Some of the required courses involved within this program span the topics of Biological Evidence and Serology, Forensic Toxicology, Principles of Forensic Science, and Applied Statistics for Data Analysis. Some of the elective courses discuss topics such as Weapons of Mass Destruction, Advanced Criminalistics, Blood Distribution and Spatter, and Medicinal Chemistry of Drugs and Abuse.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Students must have an undergraduate degree in a science subject with a GPA of 3.0 (B grade) or better.


    One-credit course consististing of three days of reviews, oral examination, and comprehensive final examination in Gainesville, Florida.

    School Overview

    The University of Florida is a public research university located in Gainesville, Florida. The university is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university. Founded in 1853, UF was the first state-supported higher learning institution in Florida. At UF, our students utilize more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. With some of the most future-focused facilities led by some of the best minds in their fields, it’s no wonder UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities.

    UF has 16 academic colleges and over 150 research facilities, offering students the ability to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. University of Florida offers many degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level entirely online.


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