The Master’s degree offers specialization for individuals pursuing careers in crime laboratories, investigative agencies, or teaching and research in the forensic sciences. Available fields of study are:
- forensic biology/DNA
- forensic pathology/microbiology
- forensic psychology
- forensic toxicology
The applicant should have a college major or equivalent coursework as a foundation for graduate studies in the chosen area. Because the practices of forensic pathology and forensic psychology require medical or doctoral degrees, admission to those areas is generally limited to individuals either already involved in the field or pursuing the M.S.F.S. in conjunction with another advanced degree.
The degree requires satisfactory completion of 39 graduate credit hours, a research project, and a comprehensive examination. The maximum time to complete the degree is 7 years. Throughout the program, the student must maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average. Specialization students dedicate six of the required credit hours to research, for which they publish, present, and defend a Master’s thesis in the final semester.
Full-time students taking 9 credits per semester may graduate in 2 to 3 years. Part-time students enrolling in 6 credits per semester may complete the program in 3 ½ to 4 years. With at least 21 of the required graduate hours available online, full-time students pursuing specialization may relocate to the Tulsa area after the second semester. At least two or three semesters on campus are required for advanced studies and thesis research.
The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences has accredited the OSU Master of Science in Forensic Sciences degree in the areas of forensic biology and forensic toxicology. See AAFS.org Resources for more information.
See Requirements for complete information on degree requirements by specialization.