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Oklahoma State University

M.S. in Forensic Sciences - Death Scene Investigation

The Master of Forensic Science - Death Scene Investigation is designed for individuals pursuing careers as special investigators, detectives or crime scene technicians. More than 90 percent of our graduates have reported having either related career positions or entered an advanced degree program within three months of graduation. This track requires a thesis or research project.

Program Format

The master’s program requires 39 graduate credit hours and may be completed full-time or part-time.

  • First Year: Courses may be taken online or on-campus
  • Second Year: Laboratory and research courses must be taken on-campus


Applicants should have a college major or equivalent coursework as a foundation for the death scene investigation track. Recommended college majors include biology, human anatomy, histology, microbiology, physical anthropology or physiology.

Applications are considered year-round on a space-available basis. Application materials are submitted through the OSU Graduate College.


Fall Admission February 1

Spring Admission: October 1


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The master’s program curriculum offers a solid background in forensic sciences and specialized courses forensic pathology, forensic toxicology and forensic victimology.

  • 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
  • 7 years maximum time to complete the program
  • 6 required credit hours must be dedicated to research
  • Students will publish, present and defend their thesis during their final semester

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