Get a Doctor of Forensic Sciences Degree Online Through OSU
The DFS degree program will focus on the need of our students to pursue advanced courses
beyond the master’s-level and provide an opportunity for students to possess a credential
that is respected within both their professional discipline, as well as the legal
community. This professional degree will provide opportunities for advanced training
in investigative technologies that will contribute to the welfare and public safety
for the state, as well as the nation.
The Doctor of Forensic Sciences degree will provide applied graduate education and
training at the doctoral-level in forensic sciences (60 credit hours). Given the current
conditions within our society, the need for a professional, non-research oriented
doctoral program for forensic sciences practitioners has never been greater. The professional
doctoral degree is designed specifically for forensic science practitioners to improve
their knowledgebase, tactics, techniques, and procedures. In the DFS, students may
be eligible to bring in up to 30 credit hours of transfer credit based upon acceptable
coursework completed at the Master of Science level and with approval by the program
director and dean of the Graduate College.
Doctor of Forensic Sciences: 60 total credit hours
Program Core: 15 hours
Guided Electives: 45 hours
TOTAL: 60 hours
Completed online application for: Fall priority deadline - February 1st, Spring priority
deadline - October 1st (applications received after the priority date are reviewed
on a rolling basis and admissions granted if space is permitted)
Completed Master’s degree official transcript, Completed bachelor’s degree official
3.0 GPA or higher
Three letters of recommendation preferably from professors and/or supervisors familiar
with your academic ability, work ethic, and skills. (Applicants only need to provide
their recommenders’ email addresses. Recommenders will then be emailed a link from
which to upload their letter.)
Statement of purpose describing your personal career goals and how the doctoral 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 Windows, Internet, e-mail and basic applications;
multimedia computer and high-speed Internet access are necessary.
Applicants graduating from schools outside the U.S. are required to submit transcripts
that have been evaluated to U.S. standards
International applicants: coursework in the School of Forensic Sciences is online.
That said, you will be able to remain in your home country.
$50.00 application fee
Students enrolled in the Doctor of Forensic Sciences program will complete 60 credit
hours during the course of their studies. Cost estimates below are calculated based
on 2022-2023 rates. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are
available on the Bursar website.