Forensic Sciences, PhD
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.