PhD in Forensic Science
The educational objectives and mission of the PhD in Forensic Science are to provide students with the critical thinking ability, problem-solving skills, and advanced, discipline-specific knowledge to allow them to advance into leadership positions.
This will be accomplished by demonstrating the ability to perform independent, original research, the successful completion of multidisciplinary academic coursework, hands-on experience in the laboratory, and collaboration with accredited forensic laboratories, institutes and partners.
- Provide students the knowledge, skills, and abilities to prepare them for successful careers in forensic science.
- Develop students’ critical thinking ability, problem-solving skills, and advanced discipline-specific knowledge.
- Produce high quality graduates capable of advancement into leadership positions.
- Engage in collaborative research that demonstrates industrial relevance and wider scientific awareness.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Science is an interdisciplinary science degree that is designed to provide students with the critical thinking ability, problem-solving skills, and advanced, discipline-specific knowledge to allow them to advance into leadership positions. This is accomplished by demonstrating the ability to perform independent, original research, the successful completion of multidisciplinary academic coursework, hands-on experience in the laboratory, and collaboration with accredited forensic laboratories, institutes and partners.
The PhD in Forensic Science requires the completion of 86 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. Students complete:
Dissertation research hours may be substituted for electives (15 SCH maximum) with approval of the Department Chair.
The curriculum is designed to deliver an essential core curriculum in forensic science, together with specialized electives and intensive research in the area of interest. Students are expected to fulfill the requirements during approximately five years of full-time study.
|Degree Type||Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)|
|Length||86 credit hours|
|Tuition/Costs||Rates per Semester|
Applicants seeking admission to the doctoral program in forensic science must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions
- Graduate Admissions Application
- Application Fee
A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in chemistry, biology, forensic or natural science
- Official transcript(s) from degree granting institution(s)
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Program Application
- Personal statement, not to exceed 1000 words
- Three letters of recommendation in addition to the Admission Recommendation Checklist. A minimum of two letters must be from faculty who are sufficiently acquainted with the student to comment on potential for success in the doctoral program
- Current resume or vita
- Official GRE scores
- In some instances, a personal interview may be requested.
The program requires the completion of a minimum of eighty-six hours of graduate credit, as prescribed in the plan below.
Students must register full-time and maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all courses. In order to advance to candidacy students must have successfully completed (or be currently enrolled in) forty-four graduate credit hours of coursework and research, submit a portfolio for review, write a formal research proposal and orally defend the proposal typically by the close of the second spring semester. Once the doctoral program committee determines that the portfolio, proposal and defense are satisfactory, the student may enroll in dissertation credits.
A minimum of fifteen hours of dissertation credits are required and students must maintain continuous enrollment until they graduate. Students must complete and defend a doctoral dissertation, which is the product of original scholarly research and is of sufficient publishable quality to represent a meaningful contribution to knowledge in the field of forensic science.
|Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Science|
|FORS 5445||Forensic Instrumental Analysis||4|
|FORS 5117||Controlled Substance Analysis||1|
|FORS 5360||Pattern and Physical Evidence Concepts||3|
|FORS 5435||Trace/Microscopical Analysis||4|
|FORS 5440||Forensic Biology||4|
|FORS 6446||Forensic Toxicology||4|
|FORS 5116||Seminar In Forensic Science||1|
|FORS 5226||Law And Forensic Sciences||2|
|FORS 6224||Quality Assurance and Ethical Conduct in Forensic Science||2|
|FORS 6014||Forensic Science Research 1||6|
|FORS 6371||Forensic Science Internship||3|
|FORS 7331||Research Methods||3|
|FORS 7332||Scientific Communications||3|
|FORS 7390||Forensic Laboratory Management||3|
|Select twenty-eight semester credit hours of approved graduate courses in FORS, CRIJ, BIOL, or CHEM||28|
|FORS 8099||Dissertation 3||15|
FORS 6014 must be taken for a total of six credit hours.
Once the minimum number of dissertation research hours have been met, dissertation hours may be substituted for electives (15 SCH maximum) with approval of the department chair.
Once enrolled in FORS 8099, students must enroll in this course every semester until graduation.