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Oklahoma State University

M.S. in Forensic Sciences - Arson, Explosives, Firearms and Toolmarks 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 Kelley Reuterfors, our Academic Coordinator, at

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


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


Fall Admission February 1

Spring Admission: October 1


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

The creative experience for students in this option includes 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 capstone exam
  • All courses and requirements must be completed within 7 years of admissions

Requirements for Online Courses

The program includes online 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 fee is charged for online courses.

Have a question about this program?

Our program coordinator can help.

Kelley Reuterfors, Academic Coordinator


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