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Forensic Science  Doctoral


What is Forensic Science at WVU like?


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 PhD 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.

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 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 Science graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Letters of Recommendation - Three
  • GRE
  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Essay/Writing Sample (Contact a Graduate Program Representative for a Prompt)

Additional considerations for applicants:

  • 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.

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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