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The School of Forensic Sciences appreciates your interest and monitors applications closely.  If you have any questions or need clarification with the application process, use the Contact Us link to get help.  Or call upon Penelope Carr, the Program Assistant who monitors applications and keeps applicants informed, at penelope.carr@okstate.edu or at our main phone number.

Print-friendly application guidelines [PDF]

Verification of Forensics-related Employment (form for Options applicants only) [PDF]

Apply online at the OSU Graduate College website.

  • Due by March 1 for fall admission to MS thesis program
  • Due by July 1 for fall admission to MS option (FSA or FDE)
  • Due by October 1 for spring admission to MS thesis program or MS option
  • Late applications considered only on a space-available basis
NOTE:  Personal Statement must indicate program (Thesis or Option) and specify the research track or option.

Degree Track and Options                                                                

  • Thesis tracks available for specialization and research (recommended college majors in parentheses): 
    • forensic biology/DNA (biology, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology)
    • forensic pathology/death scene investigation or /microbiology (biology, human anatomy, histology, microbiology, physical anthropology, or physiology); NOTE:  This track does not produce forensic pathologists.
    • forensic psychology (sociology or psychology);  NOTE:  This track does not produce forensic psychologists.
    • forensic toxicology/trace evidence (chemistry or biochemistry)
  • Options available for professionals with at least one year of related job experience
    • Forensic Document Examination (also requires permission from lead FDE instructor)
    • Forensic Science Administration


  • Bachelor’s degree (The recommended grade point average is 3.0 or better.)
  • Related background, pertinent degree or major for thesis applicant or related job experience for MS option
  • College-level biology and chemistry, prerequisites for mandatory courses; possible exceptions for forensic psychology
  • Skills, equipment, and access for online course participation including capacity for independent learning; proficiency in Windows, Internet, e-mail, and basic applications; a multimedia computer; and high-speed Internet access
  • Statement of Purpose to include
    • personal career goals and how the master’s degree will support those goals
    • name of option or of area for thesis research/specialization
    • a brief description of experience or qualifications in support of your application
    • any pertinent information for the Graduate Faculty Committee to consider in reviewing your application
  • Admissions test:  the GRE for thesis applicants and either the MAT or GRE for applicants to one of the options.  The TOEFL or IELTS is required as proof of English proficiency for international students.  (Details on tests and scores below.)  
  • Three letters of recommendation preferably from professors and/or supervisors familiar with your work ethic and skills
  • Interview (thesis applicants only) to be arranged by the School of Forensic Sciences prior to any offer of admission.  Wait-listed students will have interviews as openings occur. 
  • Verification of Forensic-related Employment (Options only) to be sent by employer.  Request form from forensic@okstate.edu or download form.


  • Testing six weeks before the application deadline is recommended so scores will arrive by the application deadline.
  • Use proper codes:  Institutional code of 6546 for the GRE and TOEFL or Recipient Code of 2172 for the MAT.
  • Thesis applicants must take the GRE.  For the current GRE Revised General Test, recommended minimum scores of 150 each for the Quantitative and Verbal sections are the recommended minimums; or, for the original GRE (no longer offered), at least 1080 for the Verbal and Quantitative combined.  Analytical writing score as well as percentile rankings for all sections will also be considered.   Find test information, test locations, dates, and times at www.gre.com.
  • Option applicants may take either the Miller Analogy Test (www.milleranalogies.com) or the GRE.  For the MAT, a score above the 50th percentile is recommended.  For the GRE, recommended scores are the same as for thesis applicants.  
  • International applicants may take the TOEFL or the IELTS.  For the TOEFL, the required minimum is 100 on the iBT with least 20 on the written portion or 600 on the PBT with 5 on the TWE; or for the IELTS, a score of 7.0.  These standards exceed minimum requirements for OSU international admission.
  • Accommodations for disabilities must be arranged in advance directly with GRE or with the MAT test center. 

Admission Criteria

  • Academic background, including major/minor, grades, coursework, and degree(s) attained
  • Test scores on the GRE or MAT
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Pertinent information from the application letter, transcript review, and the employment history for MS/Administration or MS/FDE applicants; or the application interview for MS research applicants (see previous page)
  • The School of Forensic Sciences’ ability to support the applicant’s career goals

Admission Status
Applicants are notified of eligibility status within 6 weeks after the deadline.  Any admission offer requires signed acceptance within 14 days along with a $100 deposit to secure a place in the program.
Important Notices

  • Application must be complete to be considered.   Before you submit and pay for the application, be sure that you have completed all parts of the application and that the Personal Statement specifies the program (Thesis or Option) and thesis track or option area.  A new application would be required to correct errors or supply missing information.  Contact our office if you have questions.    
  • Course deficiencies may be noted in an admission offer, with completion of additional undergraduate coursework included as a condition of admission.
  • Employer requirements may include exhaustive background checks or specific academic requirements not covered by admission to this program or by program curriculum.  See details under Employers’ Background Requirements