Loyola University Chicago

Forensic Science Program

Program Statistics


Graduation Rate

The graduation rate for the Forensic Science Program each year is calculated based on the ratio of graduates divided by student enrollment in FRSC 340 - Introduction to Forensic Science from two years prior (sophomore cohort). Find more information on the curriculum here.

Example:  AY 2019-2020 graduates = 21; Fall FRSC 340 Fall 2017 enrollment = 26

Academic YearGradutes / FRSC 340 EnrollmentForensic Science Program Graduation RateUniversity Graduation Rate*
2021-2022 26 / 43 60.4% Not yet available
2020-2021 18 / 34 52.9% 64.6%
2019-2020 21 / 26 80.8% 69.1%

*University Student Achievement


Academic Performance

Academic performace is assessed using various metrics.  The following table summarizes the metrics of recent graduating classes.  


Academic YearNumber of GraduatesGraduate Cumulative GPAGraduation with Distinction*Average years to degree
2021-2022 26 3.28 8 4.07
2020-2021 18 3.28 6 3.99
2019-2020 21 3.23 5 4.02

*All levels of distinction included (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude)


Student Engagement and Achievement

  • Undergraduate research with Forensic Science faculty
    • AY 2022-2023: 4 (all Mulcahy Scholars)
    • AY 2021-2022: 5
    • AY 2020-2021: 25
    • AY 2019-2020: 4 (1 Mulcahy Scholar)
  • Student-involved research presented at regional, national, and international conferences: Loyola URES, Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, MATT, and PEth-Net
  • Internship by year
    • AY 2022-2023: 18
    • AY 2021-2022: 7
    • AY 2020-2021: 0
    • AY 2019-2020: 7
  • Internship Agencies since 2020
    • Forensic Science Laboratories (FBI, Illinois State Police, Indiana State Police, Hennepin County, and Midwest Regional Forensic Laboratory)
    • Private Forensic / Industrial Laboratories (US Drug Testing Laboratories, INX International, Simple Laboratories, and Quest Diagnostics)
    • Law Enforcement Agencies (FBI, Illinois State Police, Ballwin Police Department, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Palatine Police Department, and Mundelein Police Department)
    • Forensic Science Education Programs (Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence at Iowa State University, The Forensic Mentoring Institute at The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education)
    • Coroner’s & Medical Examiner’s Offices (Kane County Coroner, Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office)


Post-Graduate Information 

The program maintains contact with graduates through a number of different means. The data below provide post-graduate and job information in various categories based on input from the graduates.  This reflects all responding graduates.  

Working in the Forensic Sciences 34.2%
Attending Professional Schools: Medical School; Osteopathic School; Pathology Assistant; Physician’s Assistant 21.4%
Working in Science Related Areas 17.1%
Working in Other Areas 12.8%
Attending Graduate Schools, MS or PhD 8.5%
Working in Related Criminal Justice Areas 6.0%


Graduate Survey Results

Overall, the graduates rate the program as excellent, 4.94 out of 5.00 (1=Poor, 5=Excellent). They believe their educational experience was very difficult/moderately difficult, 1.78 out of 4 (1=Very Difficult, 4=Very Easy). This is based on the class of 2020.


Updated 03 July 2023