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

Admission Requirements

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.  You can also contact Samantha Rankin, the program assistant who monitors applications and keeps applicants informed, at samantha.rankin@okstate.edu  or at 918-561-1145.

Apply online at https://www.applyweb.com/apply/oksugrad/

  • Due by February 1 for fall admission to MS thesis program
  • Due by July 1 for fall admission to MS option
  • 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 tracks and options

Thesis tracks available for specialization and research (recommended college majors in parentheses): 

    • Death Scene Investigation (biology, human anatomy, histology, microbiology, physical anthropology, or physiology)
    • Forensic Biology/DNA (biology, cell biology, genetics, or molecular biology)
    • Forensic Chemistry (chemistry or biochemistry)
      • Encompasses forensic toxicology, trace evidence, clandestine laboratories, controlled substances, and explosives. 
    • Forensic Psychology (sociology or psychology)
      • This program is not designed to create clinical or counseling psychologists.  If interested in related licensure or a Ph.D, check on prerequisites with the respective licensing authority or doctoral program before applying.

Options available for professionals with at least one year of related job experience

    • Arson and Explosives Investigation (also requires permission from option leader)
    • 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
  • Prerequisite courses specific to the track or option may be required. 
  • 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
    • specific option or thesis track
    • a brief description of experience or qualifications in support of the application
    • any pertinent information for the Graduate Faculty Committee to consider in reviewing the 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 academic ability, work ethic, and skills
  • Interview (thesis and arson/explosives applicants only) may 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. Download Verification of Forensic-related Employment Form. 
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