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Forensic Science

The doctorate is a research degree that culminates in a dissertation in an area that is jointly determined between a student and their faculty advisor. 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.

Career Profile

Graduates can find:

• Academic positions in higher education.
• Research positions in national laboratories.
• Program manager positions in forensic laboratories.

Course Delivery Options

On-campus

Program Application Requirements

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

Graduate Program Application Requirements

GRE

Program Application Test 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. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Extra Accreditation Info

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Application Deadlines

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.

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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