Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

Academic Information

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Basic Requirements for Internet Courses
The program includes a significant number of internet courses that require self-direction and computer skills.  Students must have the ability to be self-directed and to assume greater responsibility for independent reading, course communications, collaborative learning, written assignments, and research projects.  In addition, participants must have computer skills, appropriate equipment, and Internet/e-mail access needed for online courses.  Internet courses require no on-campus attendance, although some courses offered on campus may have Internet components.  An additional “off-campus” fee is charged for online courses.

Comprehensive Examination
All M.S. students take a Comprehensive Exam over coursework completed and must achieve a grade of at least 70% on the examination.  The staff person administering the Comprehensive Examination, in cooperation with the student’s faculty advisor, will arrange with the student for the time and place of the exam. Part 1 of the exam can be taken once the student completes core coursework; Part 2 of the exam is usually taken during the student’s last semester.

Assigned letter grades serve as the basis for grading in most courses.  All grades of A, B, C, D, or F are based on a 4.0 scale.  In compliance with Oklahoma State University Graduate College standards, students enrolled in FRNS 5000 Research and Thesis receive a grade of “SR” for satisfactory research or “UR” for unsatisfactory research, with no credit assigned for grades of “UR.”

Course grades indicate the student’s knowledge and application of course concepts as reflected by participation in class meetings, responses on discussion boards, performance on written assignments, quality of course projects, and achievement on course quizzes and final examinations. Instructors in online classes emphasize demonstration of knowledge in class sessions and discussions as well as performance on written assignments, course projects.
Online quizzes and final examinations for Internet courses are not monitored but typically have time limits.  Instructors may require lockdown browsers during testing. It is expected that students will complete exams independent of their peers and classmates.

Minimum Grades, Probation, and Dismissal
The student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.  In addition, no grade lower than a “C” will count toward graduation.  If the GPA falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation and may also lose stipend support if involved in funded research.  The Forensic Sciences Graduate Faculty Committee may also recommend probation following an evaluation of a student’s progress.  Further program restrictions may be implemented to assist the student in completing his/her graduate program.  The student will be expected to return to a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher by the end of the semester that is subsequent to the semester in which the GPA fell below 3.0.  Failure to do so is cause for probation or dismissal.  The advisory committee will review each case of probation or dismissal with the Forensic Sciences Graduate Committee; the recommendation will then be forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate College.  Students must also meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate College as specified in the University Catalog.

Students must file a Diploma Application for the semester of graduation, even if a previous Diploma Application was submitted.  Degree candidates are requested to attend commencement for the awarding of degrees.  Diplomas will not be released until all degree requirements have been satisfied, including submission of copies of the written works (thesis, dissertation, or creative component) and payment of fees.

Records and Transcripts
All permanent records are stored in the Office of Student Affairs. Requests for grades, transcripts, and diplomas should be made to that office.

Research Requirement
The M.S. Forensic Sciences candidate is required to complete a creative activity (research project or other scholarly investigation depending on the student’s track) as part of degree requirements.  The student will communicate their findings in a public forum that includes a question-and-answer session.  Distance-learning students in non-thesis options may communicate with peers and the public via videoconferencing.  Thesis students will also defend the research in a private session before the advisory committee. The timing and format will be established by the faculty advisor in cooperation with the advisory committee. [Due to the sensitive nature of investigations performed by AEI students, presentations may be made to the student’s advisory committee and peers only.]

Time of Study and Residence Requirements
All requirements must be completed within seven years after admission to the M.S. program.  Students in the M.S./Thesis program should plan to spend at least two semesters conducting research on campus.  Students in the Non-Thesis options may complete the program without relocating to the Tulsa area. 

Transfer Hours

With the approval of the Program Director, the applicant may receive up to nine hours of credit for courses taken in another graduate program or within the Graduate Program in Forensic Sciences under Non-Degree Seeking Graduate Student status.  Transfer courses taken more than 10 years before granting of the degree will not count toward the diploma.


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