The Forensic Medicine program offers both a Thesis and a Non-Thesis option. Both are 37-credit Master of Science degrees.
Which track is right for you?
- Thesis: Begin or advance your academic career. Writing a thesis is good preparation for future academic work or a Ph.D. program. If you are interested in engaging in supervised research that could be published in scientific journals, the Thesis option is for you!
- Non-Thesis: Explore specialized sub-fields of forensic medicine and apply this knowledge to your career. By taking additional electives to reach the 37-credit degree requirement, you will have the opportunity to discover areas of interest in forensic medicine. Examples include taking Principles of Osteology, then Applied Osteology, then an osteology lab class (coming soon!), or taking a series of electives on psychology. If you are interested in finding your niche and exploring it at a greater depth, the Non-Thesis option is for you!
Thesis Requirements and Considerations
Thesis vs. Non-Thesis Required Courses
|Course #||Course Name||Credits||Required for Non-Thesis Track?||Required for Thesis Track?|
|GMS6360||Principles of Forensic Medicine 1||4||X||X|
|GMS6361||Principles of Forensic Medicine 2||4||X||X|
|GMS6362||Principles of Crime Scene Investigation||3||X||X|
|GMS6352||Artifacts of Decomposition||3||X||X|
|GMS6354||Communication Skills in a Forensic Context||3||X||X|
|GMS6363||Principles of Osteology||3||X||X|
|GMS6905||Independent Studies in Forensic Medicine (Literature Review)*||2||X||X|
|GMS6905||Independent Studies in Medical Sciences (Final Exit Exam)**||1||X||X|
|GMS6971||Research for Master’s Thesis***||6||X|
|Elective Course 1||3||X||X|
|Elective Course 2||3||X||X|
|Elective Course 3||3||X|
|Elective Course 4||3||X|
*Thesis students may submit the literature review portion of their formal master’s thesis as the program literature review for this course; they do not need to complete a separate literature review paper for this course if also completing a thesis to submit to the Graduate School.
**Thesis students will complete a defense of their master’s thesis in their final semester but will also be expected to complete a comprehensive exit exam in their final semester as well. This exam will be different than the comprehensive exit exam taken by non-thesis students.
***Thesis students must take a minimum of 6 credit hours of GMS6971 in order to meet the Graduate School’s thesis requirements. They may take more if they choose. Not all 6 credit hours have to be taken at the same time – you can take all 6 at once, or 3 and 3 across 2 semesters, 3 semesters of 2 credits each, or anything in between. If graduating in Fall or Spring semester, a minimum of 3 credits of GMS6971 must be taken in the terminal semester. If graduating in Summer semester, a minimum of 2 credits of GMS6971 must be taken in the terminal semester.
The UF Graduate School offers tips and resources for writing your thesis.