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Master of Science in Forensic Sciences (Thesis)
The M.S. in Forensic Sciences is designed for individuals pursuing careers in crime laboratories, investigative agencies, or teaching and research in the forensic sciences.
Learn more about admission requirements and how to apply.
The master’s program features interdisciplinary courses; most theory classes are available online while laboratory classes and research are held on campus. The M.S. Thesis program requires 39 graduate credit hours and may be completed full-time or part-time.
The thesis program offers a choice of advanced studies and research in one of the following tracks:
- Death Scene Investigation
- Forensic Biology/DNA
- Forensic Chemistry
- Forensic Psychology
Applicants should have a college major or equivalent coursework as a foundation for graduate studies in their chosen specialization, known as a track.
Students can complete their first-year classes (two semesters) of online studies before coming to campus in Tulsa, OK for laboratory courses and research, which includes six hours of research enrollment. Forensic Chemistry track students are required to take all courses on campus beginning their first semester.
Approximate time for degree completion:
- 2-3 years with full-time enrollment
- 3.5-4 years with part-time enrollment
- 7 years maximum time to complete the program
- Satisfactory completion of 39 graduate credit hours, a research project, participation in graduate seminars and comprehensive exam.
- Must maintain a 3.0 or better GPA
- Six required credit hours must be dedicated to research
- Students will publish, present and defend their thesis during their final semester
The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences has accredited the OSU Master of Science in Forensic Sciences degree in the areas of Forensic Biology/DNA and Forensic Chemistry. See http://fepac-edu.org/accredited-universities for more information.