Message from the Director

John V. Goodpaster, Ph.D.Welcome to the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program at IUPUI! We are located in downtown Indianapolis and are the home of campus components of both Indiana University and Purdue University. This is an exciting time for forensic science in the United States and worldwide. Its popularity among the public and criminal justice agencies is at an all-time high and there are critical needs for more, well-qualified forensic scientists.  We offer bachelor's (B.S.) and Master’s (M.S.) degrees in forensic science. The master's degree (M.S) in Forensic and Investigative Sciences is available as a thesis-based degree or it can be completed in as little as 12 months as a non-thesis degree.  All of our graduates earn degrees from the Purdue School of Science. 

Our B.S. degree in Forensic and Investigative Sciences is a broad-based natural and physical sciences program that gives our students a strong foundation in chemistry, biology, physics, math and statistics. We currently have concentrations in forensic chemistry and biology. These include classes in the law, ethics and a variety of forensic sciences. We have undergraduate research opportunities and internships available nationwide and even overseas. Indianapolis is home to at least five public and private forensic science laboratories, and we have working relationships with all of them.

Our thesis-based M.S. degree in Forensic and Investigative Sciences is an opportunity to conduct original research in forensic science and expand the knowledge and capabilities of our field.  You will work closely with one of our faculty during this program and gain experience in presenting your work at research conferences and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Alternatively, our non-thesis program targets students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in a forensic or physical science and who seek an additional credential in order to be competitive applicants for positions within forensic science laboratories or Ph.D. programs.  Many of our graduate classes include a laboratory component so that the students gain hands-on experience with forensic techniques.

To support our program, we have outstanding faculty and staff. You can find out specific information about them elsewhere on this site. We also boast state of the art research and teaching instrumentation within our own laboratories and we also have access to other equipment throughout the university. We can promise you a cutting-edge education and research experience at IUPUI.

To learn more about the success of our students, take a look at our assessment data. I also encourage you to take a look at where our graduates have been hired.   You will soon see why we feel so proud of our students and our program!

I hope that you will take the time to explore our website and consider applying to one of our programs.

John V. Goodpaster, PhD
Associate Professor and Director