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Forensic Studies (M.S.)

  • Forensic Behavioral Analysis Concentration
  • Human Identity and Trauma Analysis Concentration

Forensic Student in ActionThe Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Studies is an interdisciplinary scholar/practitioner program that offers a higher degree of specialization in comparison to the more general Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Forensic Studies. Our program, housed within the College of Arts & Sciences, offers comprehensive, interdisciplinary training through two applied research concentrations: (1) Forensics Behavioral Analyst and (2) Human Identity and Trauma Analysis Concentration. Our program comprises a rigorous curriculum that prepares students by grounding them in theory, methods, and hands-on training. Typically, our graduates may pursue employment within investigative and law enforcement agencies, continue their education within a wide array of doctoral programs (e.g., forensic psychology, forensic anthropology, skeletal biology, bioarchaeology, or social work), and/or help to develop and promulgate social policy for local, county, state and federal bureaus.

The Forensic Behavioral Analysis concentration integrates classical theory with contemporary research to synthesize theoretical perspectives to address current social problems relating to violence, sexual deviance, domestic relations, crime, and terrorism. There are a breadth of employment opportunities for graduates of this concentration including local, state, and federal crime and terrorism intelligence, law enforcement, and corrections, as well as capacities in child welfare and domestic violence.

The Forensic Studies program consists of 42 credit hours and admits students every fall and spring semester...


Student Profile

The student profile provides the interquartile ranges (25th-75th percentiles) of the entrance exam scores for students admitted to the program. This information is intended to assist applicants in determining opportunities for admission.

Graduate Record Exam

GRE taken prior to August 1, 2011

Verbal: 370-480
Quantitative: 420-570

Revised GRE taken after August 1, 2011

Verbal: 144-152
Quantitative: 140-147