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M.S. in Forensic Sciences - Forensic Psychology

The Master of Forensic Science with a concentration in forensic psychology is designed for individuals pursuing a career as a forensic psychologist. Forensic psychologists can find careers with the FBI, law enforcement agencies, and with local agencies. A non-thesis Master's degree in Forensic Psychology may be possible with permission of the track lead. 


This program is not designed to create clinical or counseling psychologists. If you are interested in applying for related licensure or a Ph.D. program, please check the prerequisite requirements for the respective licensing authority or doctoral program before applying.

Program Format

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


  • First Year: Courses may be taken online or on-campus
  • Second Year: On-campus laboratory courses may be required


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


Applications are considered year-round on a space-available basis. Application materials are 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 psychology, advanced criminalistics, and law and expert analysis.

Degree Requirements -

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

Thesis Requirements -

  • 6 required credit hours must be dedicated to research
  • Students will publish, present and defend their thesis during their final semester*

*With agreement from the track lead, students in tracks other than Biology/DNA and Chemistry/Toxicology may pursue a non-thesis degree


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