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Forensic Sciences, PhD

Whether pursuing a career in the forensic sciences, building professional experience toward management, or sampling a course, you have several ways to learn the language of forensic sciences with the OSU Center for Health Sciences. Our graduates work as laboratory analysts, crime scene investigators, and more.


The PhD degree in Forensic Sciences is a highly interdisciplinary research degree program involving advanced coursework in a number of forensic disciplines. Graduates of the PhD degree program will have advanced knowledge conversant in a broader range of forensic disciplines than one with a master’s degree.


Career options for these graduates may be in the management hierarchy of a forensic laboratory or law enforcement agency or as faculty in undergraduate or graduate forensic science programs.

Research and Faculty

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The School of Forensic Sciences' faculty offer students a broad foundation in forensic sciences including science-based curriculum and hands-on training with both on-campus and online courses are available. Our qualified faculty research a wide-range of topics from crime scene analysis to toxicology to the effects of explosions and arson.

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School of Forensic Sciences Ph.D., application priority deadlines are October 1 for spring admissions and February 1 for fall admissions.


PhD Admission Requirements:

  • PhD applicants must have a Master's degree.
  • Three letters of recommendation preferably from professors and/or supervisors familiar with the applicant’s academic ability, work ethic, and skills.
  • The TOEFL or IELTS is required for proof of English proficiency for international students.
  • Applicants are encouraged to contact a potential faculty mentor and confirm their mutual interest in the mentor/mentee relationship.

Topics discussed during these initial meetings could include:

  • Personal career goals and how the Doctoral degree will support those goals; Research interests; Any emphasis desired in coursework available in the program
  • Verification of forensic-related employment (for applicants to the AEFTI specialization) to be sent by employer. The Forensic-related Employment form may be requested by emailing 
  • Interviews may be arranged prior to any offer of admission.

Cost & Assistance

Oklahoma resident and non-resident tuition rates are applicable to students in the School of Forensic Sciences. All forensic sciences M.S. programs and tracks have online courses, which involve a supplemental off-campus fee. Online courses require computer skills, computer equipment, and Internet access for full participation. 


Tuition & Financial Aid

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