M.S. in Forensic Sciences Program Admissions
Below you will find admission requirements for the following thesis master's programs:
- M.S. in Forensic Sciences - Arson, Explosives, Firearms and Toolmarks Investigation*
- M.S. in Forensic Sciences - Forensic Biology/DNA
- M.S. in Forensic Sciences - Forensic Chemistry/Toxicology
- M.S. in Forensic Sciences - Forensic Investigative Sciences*
- M.S. in Forensic Sciences - Forensic Psychology*
*non-thesis option available
How to Apply
Applications are submitted online via the OSU Graduate College. Applications are considered year-round on a space-available basis. For questions regarding the application process, please contact us at email@example.com.
- Fall Admission: February 1 (priority deadline)
- Spring Admission: October 1 (priority deadline)
- Completed online application
- Completed bachelor’s degree
- Related background or undergraduate major (AEFTI/DNA/CHEM)
- 3.0 GPA or higher
- Three letters of recommendation preferably from professors and/or supervisors familiar with your academic ability, work ethic and skills
- Statement of purpose describing your personal career goals and how the master’s degree will support those goals, a brief description of experience or qualifications in support of the application and the specific track you want to pursue.
- Skills, equipment and access for online course participation includes the capacity for independent learning, proficiency in basic computer applications. Multimedia computer and high-speed Internet access are necessary.
- Employment Verification - AEFTI track
- Applicants graduating from schools outside the U.S. are required to submit transcripts that have been evaluated to U.S. standards
- $50.00 application fee
Recommended Undergraduate Majors
Applicants should have a college major or equivalent coursework as a foundation for graduate studies in the chosen specialization, known as a track.
- Arson, Explosives, Firearms and Toolmarks Investigation: multiple educational backgrounds (must be employed in professional law enforcement, military, or forensic capacity)
- Forensic Biology/DNA: Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics or Molecular Biology
- Forensic Chemistry/Toxicology: Chemistry or Biochemistry
- Forensic Investigative Sciences: Multiple educational backgrounds (for questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Forensic Psychology: Sociology or Psychology. Please note: This program is not designed to create clinical or counseling psychologists. If interested in related licensure or a Ph.D., check on prerequisites with the respective licensing authority or doctoral program before applying.
- Submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores
- TOEFL minimum scores 600 (paper with 5 on TWE) or 100 (Internet with 20 on written portion)
- IELTS minimum score of 7.0
- Applicants graduating from schools outside the United States are required to submit transcripts that have been evaluated to U.S. standards
- $75.00 application fee
Upon admission, applicants must notify the program (email@example.com) within 14 days of notification to secure a place in the program.
For questions about the application process, please contact the School of Forensic Sciences.