Admission is considered in view of the applicant’s qualifications and space available in each program. The M.S.F.S./Thesis and Specialization program typically begins with the fall term, but the Department may admit students for the spring term if space is available in the applicant’s chosen specialty. Applicants to the M.S.F.S. options in Arson and Explosives Investigation, Forensic Science Administration and Forensic Document Examination may begin in any semester.
The Graduate Faculty considers the following factors when considering an applicant for admission:
- 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 applicants; the application interview for MS thesis applicants. For applicants to the option in Arson and Explosives Investigation, employment history and the application interview are considered.
- The School of Forensic Sciences’ ability to support the applicant’s career goals
Applicants are notified of eligibility status within six 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.