Dec 04, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Forensic Toxicology and Analytical Genetics, MFTAG

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As the flagship university in the Commonwealth, the University of Kentucky provides the only Master 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. For more information on this program, please visit 


Admission Requirements 

Applicants must meet the following requirements for admission to the University of Kentucky Graduate School and the Forensic Toxicology and Analytical Genetics program. An undergraduate bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, forensic science or a related field of study from an accredited university is preferred. However, students with other bachelor’s degrees or the equivalent from an accredited university will be considered if they are judged to be highly competitive and have completed foundational undergraduate courses in chemistry, biology or related fields. A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is not required.  

More information on how to apply can be found here 


Degree Requirements  

Core Courses Required for Both Concentrations 

Forensic Toxicology/Chemistry Concentration Required Courses 

Forensic/Analytical Genetics Concentration Required Courses 



A suggested curriculum plan can be found here 

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