The Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Science is an interdisciplinary science degree that is designed to provide students with the critical thinking ability, problem-solving skills, and advanced, discipline-specific knowledge to allow them to advance into leadership positions. This is accomplished by demonstrating the ability to perform independent, original research, the successful completion of multidisciplinary academic coursework, hands-on experience in the laboratory, and collaboration with accredited forensic laboratories, institutes and partners.
The PhD in Forensic Science requires the completion of 86 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. Students complete a total of 43 credit hours of core coursework, a minimum of 15 credit hours of dissertation research and an additional 28 credit hours of electives. The curriculum is designed to deliver an essential core curriculum in forensic science, together with specialized electives and intensive research in the area of interest. Students are expected to fulfill the requirements during four to five years of full-time study.
|Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)
|86 Credit Hours
|Rates Per Semester
Students are accepted in the Fall semester only. All application materials must be received by the deadline 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.
- Fall: January 15
Please note that application deadlines will occasionally change. Please contact the program director (listed in the contact section) for confirmation on application deadlines.