It is the mission of the School of Forensic Sciences to provide an effective learning and research environment for students and practitioners
of forensic science. The vision is to facilitate education and research to develop
students and practitioners as lifelong learners and innovators; collaborate with institutions
and individuals engaged in the practice of forensic science to enrich the student
learning experience; supply highly qualified forensic scientists to enhance the overall
quality of forensic disciplines; participate in new areas of research and enhance
public security; lead in the delivery of forensic science education through emerging
technologies; and pursue and support cross-disciplinary collaborations that strengthen
the program and enrich the graduate education process.
All courses are offered online for the following tracks of emphasis: Arson, Explosives,
Firearm and Tool Mark Investigations (AEFTI); Forensic Investigative Sciences (FIS); and Forensic Psychology.
The Forensic Biology/DNA (DNA) and Forensic Chemistry/Toxicology (TOX) tracks can
be completed fully online if students pursue a non-thesis degree option.
The Master's program in Forensic Sciences offers online pathways in Arson, Explosives,
Firearm and Tool Mark Investigations (AEFTI); Forensic Investigative Sciences (FIS);
Forensic Psychology; and Forensic Science Administration (FSA). Our curriculum offers
a solid background in forensic sciences and specialized topics such as blast injuries
and effects, criminalistics, forensic leadership, ethics, the law and expert evidence,
psychology, and organizational development.
Suggested application deadlines are July 1 for Fall admission and October 1 for Spring
admission. Applicants are encouraged to submit application materials at least six
weeks prior to the start of the semester.
MS Admission Requirements:
Bachelor's degree with a recommended grade point average of 3.0 or better. (Applicants
graduating from schools outside the U.S. are required to submit transcripts that have
been evaluated to U.S. standards.)
Statement of Purpose to include: Personal career goals and how the Master's degree
will support those goals
Three letters of recommendation preferably from professors and/or supervisors familiar
with your academic ability, work ethic, and skills.
Related background, degree or experience may be required.
Verification of forensic-related employment (for applicants to the AEFTI and FSA tracks)
to be sent by employer. The Forensic-related Employment form may be requested by emailing
Skills, equipment, and internet access are required for participation in online courses.
Participants need the capacity for independent learning, access to computer, Internet,
and e-mail, as well as proficiency in word processing and spreadsheet applications.
Students enrolled in the Forensic Sciences master's program will complete 32 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.