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Why study Forensic Sciences online through OSU?

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.

Format

• 32 credit hours
• Non-thesis pathway for online tracks
• 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 Science Administration (FSA)
• Professional employment verification may be required for AEFTI and FSA tracks

 

Curriculum

The Master's program in Forensic Sciences offers online pathways in Arson, Explosives, Firearm and Tool Mark Investigations (AEFTI); Forensic Investigative Sciences (FIS); 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.

 

Admissions

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

·        English Language Proficiency for Admission https://gradcollege.okstate.edu/prospective-students/english-proficiency.html

·        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 forensic@okstate.edu.

·        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.

 

Cost

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 2020-2021 rates. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are available on the Bursar website.

2020-2021 Estimated Cost
  Resident Non-Resident
Total cost per credit hour $355.00 $485.00
Total cost per 3-credit hour course $1,065.00 $1,455.00
Total program cost based on 32 hours $12,181.00 $17,240.00
* This is only an estimate of costs, based on currently approved 2020–2021 rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks or exam and course fees. Costs will vary if coursework is not fully completed online. Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Full disclaimer

 

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