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Master of Science in Forensic Sciences (Non-Thesis Tracks for Professionals)
The Non-Thesis M.S. in Forensic Sciences degree program is designed for individuals already engaged in careers related to forensic sciences. We offer three options: arson and explosive investigations, forensic document examination and forensic science administration.
Courses are taught online allowing students professionals to pursue graduate studies without relocating or interrupting their careers. The 39 credit hour program can be taken part-time with an estimated program length of 3.5 to 4 years.
No particular college major is required, but one year of professional experience must provide a foundation that supports the track you choose.
Learn more about admission requirements and how to apply.
Arson and Explosives Investigation Option
This option offers graduate-level education for law enforcement and military investigators in support of their professional mission. Courses are online and hybrid (combination of online sessions and on-site activities).
Requirements include related professional background, appropriate clearance and approval from track lead.
Forensic Document Examination Option
This option provides academic studies for individuals pursuing apprenticeship or journeyman programs that prepare document examiners, trainees and laboratory interns for certification. This degree does not result in professional certification. Courses are offered online.
Requirements included two years of training under the mentorship of a qualified document examiner or professional experience.
Forensic Science Administration Option
The option helps professionals improve job performance, build toward management positions and expand knowledge of the forensic sciences. This degree works only in conjunction with appropriate experience in the acquisition of skills and knowledge necessary for successful management within a forensic agency, laboratory or organization. Course are offered online.
- Satisfactory completion of 39 graduate credit hours, a creative experience such as research that will result in a document written to academic standards, participation in graduate seminars and comprehensive exam.
- Must maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average throughout the program
The creative experience for students in these options covers one to three course credits, depending on the weight of the project.
During the final semester, the student will present information on the creative experience in a public forum, which can be facilitated via video conference or other electronic means, and will field questions from the audience. Afterward, the student will meet privately to discuss the project with their Graduate Advisory Committee.
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Tuition waivers (Forensic Document Examination and Forensic Science Administration only)
- Waivers for the non-resident portion of tuition may be available for residents of Academic Common Market (ACM) states.
- In addition to Oklahoma, ACM states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
- Consultation with your respective state coordinator for eligibility will be required upon admission to the program.