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M.S. in Forensic Sciences - Forensic Chemistry/Toxicology

The Master of Forensic Science with a concentration in forensic chemistry/toxicology. This program is designed for individuals pursuing a career as a forensic chemist, forensic toxicologist, or instructor. All graduates from this track are successfully employed in forensic or clinical laboratories or have entered advanced degree programs upon degree completion.

Program Format

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

  • First Year: Courses may be taken online or on-campus
  • Second Year: Laboratory and research courses must be taken on-campus, online options available.


Recommended college majors include physical or natural sciences, such as biology, chemistry or biochemistry. Students should have taken a year of general and a year of organic chemistry.


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



Fall Admission February 1

Spring Admission: October 1



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Curriculum -

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


Degree Requirements -

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours for thesis track, 32 for non-thesis.
  • Satisfactory completion of a thesis, research project, or comprehensive examination
  • Participation in graduate seminars
  • Must maintain a 3.0 or better GPA
  • 7 years maximum time to complete the program


Thesis Requirement -

  • 6 required credit hours must be dedicated to research
  • Students will publish, present and defend their thesis during their final semester
  • Non-thesis option available.

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