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Forensic Science

Sam Houston State University

12 months
Duration
728 USD/credit 32032 USD/year
728 USD/credit 32032 USD/year
320 USD/credit 14080 USD/year
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About

The Master of Science in Forensic Science program at Sam Houston State University is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) and provides a rigorous core curriculum with a multi-discipline approach. 

Overview

Key facts

Graduate level topics include forensic biology, forensic toxicology, controlled substance analysis, trace evidence and microscopy, instrumental analysis, crime scene investigation, pattern evidence, law and forensic science, ethics, and quality assurance. These core topics are complemented with advanced coursework and laboratory instruction.

Learning outcomes

The Forensic Science program at Sam Houston State University maintains strong ties with accredited forensic laboratories in both the private and public sectors. Students are required to complete an internship in a forensic laboratory, complete an independent research project, and demonstrate good oral and written skills that will prepare them for future success in both the laboratory and in the courtroom.

The Master of Science in Forensic Science program requires the completion of 44 graduate semester hours of core and forensic science coursework that can be completed in two years. The program is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to forensic science. This unique and interdisciplinary program was the first of its kind in Texas. Graduate level topics include forensic biology, forensic toxicology, controlled substance analysis, trace evidence and microscopy, instrumental analysis, crime scene investigation, pattern evidence, law and forensic science, ethics, and quality assurance. These core topics are complemented with advanced coursework and laboratory instruction. The program maintains strong ties with accredited forensic laboratories in both the private and public sectors. Students are required to complete an internship in a forensic laboratory, complete an independent research project, and demonstrate good oral and written skills that will prepare them for future success in both the laboratory and in the courtroom. Those seeking careers in this field should be aware that background checks similar to those required for law enforcement officers are likely to be a condition of employment. Drug testing, history of drug use, criminal background checks and other factors may be considered for employment or internship placements.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Forensic Instrumental Analysis
  • Trace Evidence and Microscopic Analysis
  • Controlled Substance Analysis
  • Law and Forensic Sciences
  • Pattern and Physical Evidence Concepts
  • Quality Assurance in Forensic Science
  • Seminar in Forensic Science
  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Forensic Science Internship
  • Forensic Science Capstone Course

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

44 SCH

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • Application fee
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in chemistry, biology, forensic or natural science
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Official GRE scores (GRE scores are strongly preferred, but not required due to COVID)
  • Three letters of recommendation with Admission Recommendation Checklists. At least two must be from academic sources
  • A Program Application
  • A Graduate Application Supplement
  • A personal statement of no more than 1,000 words
  • An application writing prompt of no more than 1,000 words
  • A current resume or vita
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores and third-party transcript evaluation for international students (if applicable)
  • A personal interview may be requested

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32032 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 728 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    32032 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 728 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    14080 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 320 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Huntsville

964 - 1786 USD /month
Living costs

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Funding

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