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M.S. in Forensic Sciences - Arson, Explosives, Firearms and Toolmarks Investigation

The OSU School of Forensic Sciences offers a master’s degree in forensic sciences with a specialization in arson and explosives investigation. This a non-thesis track that offers graduate-level education for law enforcement and military investigators working in the field of explosives and fire investigation. If you have any questions about this program, please email Hannah Childers, the academic coordinator at

  • Online and on-campus activities
  • Minimum of 32 credit hours
  • Designed for law enforcement and military investigators
  • Related professional experience required


No particular college major is required, but students must have a related professional background, appropriate clearance and approval from track lead. Before applying, students must clear the employment verification process.



Fall Admission: July 1 (Preferred)

Spring Admission: October 1 (Preferred)

Deadlines are recommended, we review application on an ongoing basis.



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Curriculum - 

Our curriculum focuses on the chemistry of explosives, pyrotechnics, fire dynamics, blast effects, firearm and tool mark examinations, evidence collection and laboratory techniques.

Creative Experience -

The creative experience for students in this option includes two to three course credits, depending on the weight of the project.  Typically it is a research paper or project related to your profession.



Degree Requirements

  • Must maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average throughout the program
  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 32 graduate credit hours
  • Satisfactory completion of a creative experience
  • All courses and requirements must be completed within 7 years of admission

Requirements for Online Courses

The program includes online courses that require self-direction and computer skills. Students must have the ability to be self-directed and to assume greater responsibility for independent reading, course communications, collaborative learning, written assignments, and research projects.  In addition, participants must have computer skills, appropriate equipment, and Internet/e-mail access needed for online courses. Internet courses require no on-campus attendance, although some courses offered on campus may have Internet components. An additional fee is charged for online courses.


Have a question about this program?

Our program coordinator can help.


Hannah Childers, Academic Coordinator


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