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 M.S. thesis tracks
  • Due by July 1 for fall admission to M.S. non-thesis options
  • Due by October 1 for spring admission to M.S. thesis or non-thesis options
  • Applications considered year-round on a space-available basis

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, physiology)
  • Forensic Biology/DNA (biology, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry)
  • Forensic Chemistry (chemistry, biochemistry)
  • Forensic Psychology (sociology, psychology)

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

  • Arson and Explosives Investigation (requires permission of track lead)
  • Forensic Document Examination (requires permission of lead FDE instructor)
  • Forensic Science Administration


  • Bachelor’s degree (The recommended grade point average is 3.0 or better.) (Applicants graduating from schools outside the U.S. are required to submit transcripts that have been evaluated to U.S. standards.)
  • Related background, pertinent degree or major for thesis applicants, job related experience for non-thesis applicants
  • Prerequisite courses specific to track or option may be required
  • Skills, equipment, and access for online course participation includes the capacity for independent learning, proficiency in Windows, Internet, e-mail, and basic applications; multimedia computer and high-speed Internet access are necessary.
  • Statement of Purpose to include:
    • Personal career goals and how the Master’s degree will support those goals
    • Specific track or option
    • A brief description of experience or qualifications in support of the application
  • Admissions test: the GRE for thesis applicants and either the MAT or GRE for options applicants. The TOEFL or IELTS is required for proof of English proficiency for international students.
  • Three letters of recommendation preferably from professors and/or supervisors familiar with your academic ability, work ethic, and skills
  • Interviews may be arranged prior to any offer of admission.
  • Verification of forensic-related employment (for applicants to non-thesis options only) to be sent by employer. Download Verification of Forensic-related Employment Form. 
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