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Forensic and Investigative Sciences (D)

The doctorate is a research degree that culminates in a dissertation in an area that is jointly determined between the student and their faculty adviser. Each student takes three core courses and two colloquia as the academic foundation for developing their area of research. WVU is only one of two programs nationally that offers the Ph.D. in forensic science. Our student-centric philosophy creates an environment of strong faculty-student interactions where students are valued as junior colleagues. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the faculty member whose area of expertise aligns best with their interest concomitant with applying to the program.

Course Delivery Options

On-campus

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation, Writing Sample

Graduate Program Application Requirements

At least three recommendations are required from individuals familiar with the student's academic record and potential for graduate study at the doctoral level.

Program Application Test Requirements

GRE scores of at least 300, GPA of at least 3.0 in M.S. program.

Extra Accreditation Info

Program is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

February 1

Spring Deadline

​October 15th

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Program is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).

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