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Forensic and Investigative Science  Master's


What is Forensic and Investigative Science at WVU like?


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

Course work 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.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own term of admission and application deadline. Applicants can only apply for admission for the term displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: January 15

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What are the requirements to apply for Forensic and Investigative Science at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Forensic and Investigative Science graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Letters of Recommendation - Two
  • GRE
  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Essay/Writing Sample

Additional application considerations:

  • Priority is given to completed applications received by January 15th. Admissions for spring can be considered on a case by case basis only; contact the Graduate Studies Coordinator before submitting.

  • For more detailed information on what is required in a personal statement or writing sample, please visit the outlined instructions here.

Certain application requirements may be waived based on a preliminary review of an application by program.

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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