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

A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in chemistry, biology, forensic or natural science.

Required Documentation

  • Graduate Application & Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts from all 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 or IELTS 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.

We encourage those applicants interested in the PhD in Forensic Science to also apply for the Masters program. Students can complete the PhD in the same timeframe, whether they are accepted as either a 1st year MSFS student or a 1st year PhD student. Qualified MSFS students can transfer credits into the PhD program upon completion of their 2nd year of coursework.

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 Admissions

Forensic Science Admissions
Kristin L. Ware, Department of Forensic Science

Curriculum and Laboratory Questions
Kelsie Bryand, Department of Forensic Science

International Students
Justin Ball, Office of International Programs

Graduate Funding and Financial Aid
Lacey Price, Financial Aid & Scholarships