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Forensic and Investigative Sciences (M)

The Department of Forensic and Investigative Sciences offers graduate studies leading to a degree of Master of Science. The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) accredited degree program is rigorous, quantitative and science-based.

Coursework focuses on advanced science classes including microscopy, trace evidence, pattern evidence and laboratory management.

The degree is unique in that it shares aspects of a professional education degree, such as an M.B.A., while retaining a strong research component. Students are required to complete a minimum of 40 credit hours. The coursework is comprised of a core of advanced chemistry and biology courses and complemented with additional laboratory-based instruction in microscopy, analytical chemistry and impression evidence. Students also study professional communications, ethics and laboratory management.

An independent research project/thesis under the supervision of a faculty member is required. The learning and research environment is supported by state-of-the-art instruments and laboratory facilities.

This degree recognizes that future forensic scientists will need even greater education and training to work in national and state forensic laboratories. Our program is designed to prepare tomorrow's leading forensic science investigators and laboratory analysts.

Program Application Requirements

2 Letters of recommendation, Supplemental Application / Portfolio

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline


Spring Deadline


Summer Deadline


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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