Candidates are required to complete 40 credits of graduate work over a period of five trimesters. Transfer of credit from other institutions may be permitted subject to the Graduate School policy on transfer credit detailed elsewhere in this catalog. At the time of application to the forensic science program, applicants must specify area of concentration.
The Concentration in Criminalistics requires students to write a thesis. Students pursuing the Concentration in Advanced Investigation or the Concentration in Fire Science may elect to write a thesis in lieu of FOR 686 - Forensic Science Research Project I/FOR 688 - Forensic Science Internship I and three credits of electives. Registration for a minimum of six thesis credits (FOR 697, FOR 698) would be required. The thesis must show an ability to organize material in a clear and original manner and to present well-reasoned conclusions. Thesis preparation and submission must comply with the Graduate School policy on theses as well as specific departmental requirements.