School of Forensic Sciences
Degree Requirements and Curriculum
The M.S. Forensic Sciences degree for thesis tracks requires 39 graduate credit hours, a research project, a comprehensive examination1, and 16 hours of participation in graduate seminars2, all to be completed within 7 years of admission. Typical time for graduation is 2-3 years for full-time enrollment and 31/2-4 years for part-time enrollment. The thesis program features tracks in forensic biology/DNA, forensic chemistry, death scene investigation, and forensic psychology3.
Non-thesis options in forensic science administration and forensic document examination are available entirely online. An option in arson and explosives investigation is available with the majority of classes online and some hybrid courses with on-site sessions. Degree requirements for all Non-Thesis options include satisfactory completion of 39 graduate credit hours, a creative experience such as research that will result in a document written to academic standards, and a comprehensive exam. Participation in graduate seminars or work-related continuing education is required for students in the forensic science administration and forensic document examination tracks.
Download the OSU Master of Science in Forensic Sciences Curriculum (PDF) for each track or option. The M.S. Forensic Sciences is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) of the American Academy of Forensic Science in the areas of Forensic Biology/DNA and Forensic Chemistry.
1 Includes a written examination over contest and concepts covered in coursework and proof of satisfactory courtroom testimony (as defined by the Department).
2 A total of 16 actual hours of attendance at approved on-campus seminars fulfills this requirement. Options available to forensic professionals require submission of continuing education records signed by their supervisor.
3 This program does not produce clinical or counseling psychologists.