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Master of Science in Forensic Sciences (Non-Thesis Tracks for Professionals)

The Non-Thesis M.S. in Forensic Sciences provides opportunities for practitioners to obtain an advanced degree in the following tracks: Arson, Explosives, Firearms and Toolmarks Investigation; Forensic Investigative Sciences; and Forensic Science Administration.


Courses are taught online allowing students professionals to pursue graduate studies without relocating or interrupting their careers. These 39-credit hour programs can be taken part-time with an estimated program length of 3.5 to 4 years. No particular college major is required, but professional experience must provide a foundation that supports the track you choose.


A non-thesis Master's degree may also be possible in non-FEPAC accredited tracks with permission of the track lead. 


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Arson, Explosives, Firearms and Toolmarks Investigation 

This track offers graduate-level education for law enforcement and military investigators in support of their professional mission. Courses are online and hybrid (combination of online sessions and on-site activities).

Requirements include related professional background, appropriate clearance and approval from track lead.


Forensic Investigative Sciences 

This track is the most flexible degree option within the School of Forensic Sciences, with most coursework being elective in nature. Faculty will work with students to build their degree plan based on their career aspirations. Coursework is all online.


Forensic Science Administration 

The track helps professionals improve job performance, build toward management positions and expand knowledge of the forensic sciences. This degree works only in conjunction with appropriate experience in the acquisition of skills and knowledge necessary for successful management within a forensic agency, laboratory or organization. Coursework is all online.


Program Requirements


Course Descriptions - 

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Graduation Requirements -

  • Satisfactory completion of 39 graduate credit hours, a creative experience such as research that will result in a document written to academic standards, participation in continuing education and a capstone exam.
  • Must maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average throughout the program

Creative Experience Requirement -

The creative experience for students in these options includes three course credits of FRNS 5890. 


In most cases, the student will present information on the creative experience in a public forum, which can be facilitated via video conference or other electronic means, and will field questions from the audience. Afterward, the student will meet privately to discuss the project with their Graduate Advisory Committee.


Tuition and Financial Aid -

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Tuition waivers (Forensic Document Examination and Forensic Science Administration only)

  • Waivers for the non-resident portion of tuition may be available for residents of Academic Common Market (ACM) states.
  • In addition to Oklahoma, ACM states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
  • Consultation with your respective state coordinator for eligibility will be required upon admission to the program.
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