The M.S. Forensic Science degree and the M.S. Forensic Science-Biology/Chemistry degree are research-oriented, thesis-required graduate degree programs. Students must complete a minimum of 36 hours of graduate level work including required core courses, electives, and 6 hours of thesis research in their major area.
Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Wayne Lord
Please contact our Academic Program Coordinator with any questions:
Click here to view requirements for Admissions to Graduate Studies at UCO
1. Plan of Study. File a Plan of Study with your advisor and the Jackson College of Graduate Studies by the end of the first semester during which they complete their 12th hour of graduate work. The plan must be signed and dated by the student and the graduate advisor before it can be considered official.
2. Academic Standards. Meet the following course work standards: (a) Overall GPA of 3.00 or higher; (b) no more than 6 hours of "C;" and, (c) no more than six advisor-approved hours from traditional correspondence courses.
3. Thesis. Enroll in FRSC 5990 and complete a thesis and successfully defend it in public, two paper copies of the thesis and one electronic copy to the library through Proquest and the thesis' original title page, signature page, and abstract page to the JCGS.
Send the following Items to:
The Jackson College of Graduate Studies
Nigh University Center, Room 404
100 North University Drive
Edmond, Oklahoma 73034
1. Completed paper or online application form (www.uco.edu/graduate/admissions.html).
2. Official paper copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each institution attended with all degrees posted. The bachelor's degree must be from an accredited institution. Transcripts must show:
a. A minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA.
b. Completion of nine undergraduate hours and other prerequisites (if any), as determined by the graduate program advisor: FRSC 3043 Crime Scene Processing; STAT 2103 Introduction to Statistics for the Sciences; and FRSC 2503 Introduction to Forensic Science. These courses may be completed during your first year of the graduate program.
3. Graduate Record Examination scores. A GRE score of at least 300 on the combined verbal reasoning and quantitative sections and minimum of 3.0 on the analytical writing section.
Individuals seeking careers in forensic science and related fields are subject to background checks as they will work with sensitive information. These careers demand a high level of trust, unquestioned ethics, and professionalism. Students pursuing a degree in forensic science can also expect a background check as part of the required internship or practicum program. A background investigation typically includes review of arrest or conviction records; drug and alcohol use and abuse screening; review of credit reports; interview of friends, teachers, and supervisors; and possibly a polygraph examination. Issues derived from background investigations often preclude internships and employment in forensic science or related fields. Even though law enforcement agencies may differ in specific policies, tolerance levels, and practices related to the background investigation, it is unlikely that a candidate failing a background check will be accepted for an internship or able to secure employment in the forensic science field.
Admission into the Graduate Forensic Science Program is for the Fall Semester only. Application Deadline is: April 15