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M.S. in Forensic Sciences - Forensic Investigative Sciences

The Master of Forensic Science - Forensic Investigative Sciences is the most flexible degree option within the School of Forensic Sciences, with most coursework being elective in nature. FIS faculty will work with students to build their degree plan based on their career aspirations. Coursework is all online.

Program Format

The master’s program requires a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours with a thesis or 32 graduate credit hours for a non-thesis. The program may be completed full-time or part-time.


First and Second Year: Courses may be taken online or on-campus



Applicants should have a college major or equivalent coursework as a foundation for the Forensic Investigative Sciences track. Recommended college majors include criminal justice, psychology, sociology, forensic sciences, chemistry, biology, human anatomy, or physiology.

Applications are considered year-round on a space-available basis. Application materials are submitted through the OSU Graduate College.



Fall priority deadline - February 1st

Spring priority deadline - October 1st


Applications received after the priority deadlines are reviewed on a rolling bases and admissions granted if space is permitted.



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Curriculum -

The master’s program curriculum offers a solid background in forensic sciences and specialized courses forensic pathology, forensic toxicology and forensic victimology.

Degree Requirements -

  • Satisfactory completion of 30 graduate credit hours with a thesis or 32 graduate credit hours for a non-thesis.
  • Must maintain a 3.0 or better GPA
  • 7 years maximum time to complete the program

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