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Forensic Studies MS

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Studies degree program provides students the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and academic credentials through an interdisciplinary course of study and specialization. A component of the College of Arts & Sciences’ Justice Studies Department, the M.S. in Forensic Studies program offers comprehensive education and training in two applied research concentrations – Forensics Behavioral Analysis and Human Identity and Trauma Analysis.

A challenging curriculum delivered by accomplished practitioner-scholars provides students foundational and progressive knowledge and experience in theory, methods, applied research, and field work. Graduates typically pursue or seek to advance careers within investigative and law enforcement agencies; continue their education within a distinct range of doctoral programs (e.g., forensic psychology, forensic anthropology, skeletal biology, bio archaeology, or social work); and/or contribute to developing and promulgating relevant policies for local, county, state and federal agencies.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Studies degree program requires the completion of 4x credit hours and admits qualified students during the fall and spring terms.

Student Profile

Incoming students are typically within the 25-75th percentile of graduate entrance exam scores.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

GRE taken prior to August 1, 2011

Verbal: 370-480
Quantitative: 420-570

Revised GRE taken after August 1, 2011

Verbal: 144-152
Quantitative: 140-147

Department Contacts

Meet the Forensic Studies MS Faculty


  • Forensic Behavioral Analysis Concentration
  • Human Identity and Trauma Analysis Concentration
  • Accreditation

  • Admissions Information

  • Program Requirements

  • Course Descriptions

  • Course Schedule

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance