Professional Master of Forensic Toxicology and Analytical Genetics

University of Kentucky medical campus

The University of Kentucky is located in Lexington, the heart of the Bluegrass State. Students will have access to an assortment of internship opportunities including those located in Lexington to work in the industry, government and medical forensic and genetic analysis laboratories.

The Central Lab of the Kentucky State Police is located within a short distance in Frankfort Kentucky.

The program is housed within the Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology, and together with an array of departments and centers associated with a leading edge medical center, they represent an abundance of biomedical science. Faculty in the department span several additional colleges within the university including chemistry, pharmacy, and agriculture. Students are provided with access to state of the art educational resources, instrumentation and facilities that support advanced professional education in Forensic Chemistry and Forensic DNA analysis.


As the flagship university in the Commonwealth, the University of Kentucky provides the only Master's of Forensic Toxicology and Analytical Genetics (or degree of comparable nature) in the state, and it is only the fifth such professional master’s degree in the field of forensics in the nation.

This two-year program has two areas of concentration: one concentration is focused on Forensic Toxicology/Chemistry and the second on Forensic/Analytical Genetics. Through the common core curriculum, students in both concentrations will have foundational information and skill set in advanced forensic science, writing, communication, professionalism, ethics, legal perspectives, and workplace-specific laboratory skills. Through a rigorous targeted finishing curriculum in either concentration, including internship experiences and cognate elective courses, the graduates will be competitive for workforce deployment in the areas of private industry drug testing, private DNA analysis, forensic governmental divisions, and hospital clinical labs.

We are pleased to announce the that university will be charging a special tuition rate for the Master's in Forensics Toxicology and Analytical Genetics program. The Academic Year 2021-2022 rate will be $991.50 per credit hour. For more information, click here. This represents a significant reduction in the out-of-state tuition rate typically assessed and shows enormous support for our program by the university.

The program provides state-of-the-art laboratory facilities that are available to students working on laboratory assignments and independent research projects. Instrumentation includes GC-MS, GC-MS/MS, tandem LC-MS, FTIR spectrometer, NMR, PCR, Real-Time PCR, HiSeq 2500, MiSeq, Capillary sequencers, Pyrosequencer, Luminex analyzer, and Bioanalyzers.

The internship sites, which will be private industry, governmental, hospital or another appropriate setting providing real-world training in practices and procedures of forensic toxicology or analytical genetics. These internship experiences are designed to provide employment opportunities in many forensic related areas including private industry drug testing, private DNA analysis, forensic governmental divisions, and hospital clinical labs.