Admissions

Students are accepted in the Fall semester only. All application materials must be received by December 31st for consideration the following academic year. A holistic review of each student's application file will be completed on a competitive basis. Late applications may be accepted; please contact the program office directly. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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Application Requirements

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in chemistry or biology, or in forensic or natural science with a minor in chemistry or biology

Required Documentation

  • Graduate Admissions Application & Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from degree granting institutions
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, including community colleges
  • Third Party Transcript Evaluation (for international students)
  • Official GRE scores, not more than 5 years old
  • Official TOEFL scores (for international students)
  • Three letters of recommendation with Admission Recommendation Checklist, two of which must be from academic sources
  • Application Supplement
  • Personal Statement

Applicants applying for the PhD degree program will also be required to provide:

In some instances, a personal interview may be requested.

Downloadable Documents

A number of undergraduate courses in chemistry and biology are helpful in pursuing a graduate degree in forensic science. For more information, read the model career path.

Note: In order to be more competitive, it is strongly recommended that students successfully complete Molecular Biology BEFORE the start of the fall semester they intend to apply.

As part of the criminal justice system, graduates of the Department of Forensic Science are held to the same professional ethics as law enforcement and correctional officials.

Please note that all students are required to complete a 10-week, full-time internship at a crime laboratory. Most students must complete a criminal background check as part of the placement process.

For additional information, please contact:

General Information about Graduate Applications
Office of Graduate Admissions
936-294-1971
graduate@shsu.edu

Forensic Science Admissions
Kristin L. Ware, Department of Forensic Science
936-294-2517
klw062@shsu.edu

Curriculum and Laboratory Questions
Kelsie Bryand, Department of Forensic Science
936-294-4370
kelsie@shsu.edu

International Students
Justin Ball, Office of International Programs
936-294-4607
jrb021@shsu.edu

Graduate Funding and Financial Aid
Rachel Bubela, Financial Aid & Scholarships
936-294-1774
rel016@shsu.edu