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M.S. in Forensic Sciences - Forensic Chemistry

The Master of Forensic Science with a concentration in forensic chemistry. This program is designed for individuals pursuing a career as a forensic chemist, crime laboratory technician, university instructor or toxicologist. More than 90 percent of our graduates have reported having either related career positions or entered an advanced degree program within three months of graduation. This track requires a thesis or research project.

Program Format

The master’s program requires 39 graduate credit hours 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


Applicants should have a college major or equivalent coursework as a foundation for the death scene investigation track. Recommended college majors include chemistry or biochemistry.


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 forensic molecular biology, population genetics and forensic bioscience.


Degree Requirements -

  • Satisfactory completion of 39 graduate credit hours
  • Satisfactory completion of a thesis/research project
  • Participation in graduate seminars
  • Satisfactory comprehensive exam
  • 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


The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences has accredited the OSU Master of Science in Forensic Sciences degree in the areas of Forensic Biology/DNA and Forensic Chemistry. See for more information.


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