Students are accepted in the Fall semester only. All application materials must be received by January 15th 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.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in chemistry, biology, forensic or natural science.
- Graduate Application & Application Fee (ApplyTexas)
Ideal Characteristics of a Graduate StudentCritical Thinking, Resilience, Independence, Initiative, Time Management, Collegial
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 6-10-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 Admissions
Forensic Science Admissions
Kristin L. Ware, Department of Forensic Science
Curriculum and Laboratory Questions
Kelsie Bryand, Department of Forensic Science
Justin Ball, Office of International Programs
Graduate Funding and Financial Aid
Lacey Price, Financial Aid & Scholarships