Forensic Science, PSM

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Are you an aspiring and practicing professional in the forensic or related sciences? Gain an advanced understanding of forensic science subdisciplines, laboratory practices, procedures and governance --- necessary for advancement to leadership roles in the profession.

The PSM program in forensic science readies students for career advancement by providing them with greater educational depth and breadth in the forensic sciences, and through the development of new competencies related to laboratory supervision. This includes an understanding of how to work with regulatory bodies that provide the framework for oversight in forensic laboratories, consistent with the guiding principles of the National Professional Science Masters Association.

Students develop deeper scientific inquiry skills in biology, chemistry, genetics and related topics, as well as critical laboratory leadership skillsets.

Successful graduates are armed with the tools and experiences required for administrative and other advancement opportunities both within and beyond the forensic science laboratory, in both governmental and private sectors.

At A Glance

Forensic Science, PSM

Plan of study

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Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in an appropriate physical, biological, computer science or a related field from a regionally-accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. statement of purpose
  4. two letters of recommendation
  5. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

The statement of purpose should demonstrate that the applicant is currently working in the Forensic Science industry. It should also describe the educational background, scholarly interests, and academic and professional goals. Specifically, the applicant should address their qualifications for pursuing a professional science master's degree.

It is preferred that the letters of recommendation be from individuals in supervisory or professional roles.

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