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Oklahoma State University

M.S. in Forensic Sciences - Arson and Explosives Investigation

The OSU School of Forensic Sciences offers a master’s degree in forensic sciences with a specialization in arson and explosives investigation. This a non-thesis track that offers graduate-level education for law enforcement and military investigators working in the field of explosives and fire investigation. If you have any questions about this program, please email our Penelope Carr, program coordinator at penelope.carr@okstate.edu.

  • Online and on-campus activities
  • 39 credit hours
  • Designed for law enforcement and military investigators
  • Related professional experience required

Admissions

No particular college major is required, but one year of professional experience must provide a foundation that supports the track you choose. Requirements include related professional background, appropriate clearance and approval from track lead.

Deadlines

Fall Admission February 1

Spring Admission: October 1

 

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Academics

Our curriculum focuses on the chemistry of improvised explosives, pyrotechnics, fire dynamics, blast effects, evidence collection and laboratory techniques.

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.

Degree Requirements

  • Must maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average throughout the program
  • Satisfactory completion of 39 graduate credit hours
  • Satisfactory completion of a creative experience
  • Participation in graduate seminars
  • Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive exam
  • All courses and requirements must be completed within 7 years of admissions

Requirements for Internet Courses

The program includes a significant number of Internet courses that require self-direction and computer skills. Students must have the ability to be self-directed and to assume greater responsibility for independent reading, course communications, collaborative learning, written assignments, and research projects.  In addition, participants must have computer skills, appropriate equipment, and Internet/e-mail access needed for online courses. Internet courses require no on-campus attendance, although some courses offered on campus may have Internet components. An additional “off-campus” fee is charged for online courses.

Have a question about this program?

Our program coordinator can help.

Penelope Carr
918-561-8424 
msfs-aei@okstate.edu

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