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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.


  • 32 credit hours
  • All non-thesis pathways are fully online
  • 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
  • English Language Proficiency for Admission
  • 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.

2022-2023 Estimated Cost
  Resident Non-Resident
Total cost per credit hour $323.77 $453.97
Total cost per 3-credit hour course $971.77 $1,361.91
Health Fee per term $64 $64

This is only an estimate of cost based on currently approved rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks, exams, or course expenses, nor do they factor in individual transfer credits or scholarship information. Cost will vary if not enrolled in a fully online degree program. Active-duty military and veterans 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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