Thank you for your interest in the Forensic Science Masters Program at Michigan State University. Applications are screened for Fall semester only. All application material must be received before January 15 for consideration for the following academic year. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Application materials that may be uploaded include:
- Application for Graduate Study at Michigan State University. May be submitted online here. The major code for the Forensic Science Masters program is 4744. After you begin your application, you will receive an email with a login and password. Before paying your application fee, go to Grad Portal and log in. You will be prompted to upload the following documents and request Letters of Recommendation. Please note: If the application fee is paid before you visit the Grad Portal, you will be unable to upload supporting documents or request letters of recommendation.
- A statement of your academic and professional goals. This should include information about your motivation to study forensic science, a description of relevant research and/or work experience, and any other information that you would like the admissions committee to know. The Application for Graduate Study has fields for an academic statement and a personal statement, and you may either submit statements there or upload a single combined essay to the Grad Portal.
- Three letters of recommendation from tenure-track faculty who can comment on your ability to perform graduate work. Please request letters of recommendation through the Grad Portal. You will click on Letters of Recommendation (right side of screen) and then Register Recommender (bottom left side of screen). After you submit the names and email addresses, an email will be automatically generated and sent to them, requesting a letter of recommendation on your behalf and including instructions on uploading the letter.
Additional required materials include:
- ONE set of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. A transcript of work at MSU is not required. Please do not request .pdf or electronic versions of your transcripts, as they will not be accepted by the Office of Admissions if you are offered admission. International students must submit official transcripts in both the original language and English translation of transcript and diploma. Please have transcripts mailed directly from the institutions attended to:
Forensic Science Masters Program
Michigan State University
655 Auditorium Road Room 560
East Lansing, MI 48824
- Note for applicants submitting transcripts from Chinese institutions: Certified copies (sealed and stamped by institutions) of all post-secondary transcripts, graduation certificates and degrees must be mailed to our department. MSU requires these documents in the original language (Chinese) as well as an official English translation. Effective Spring 2015, Michigan State University will require all incoming ADMITTED students pursuing degrees or who have earned degrees from universities in China to submit a verification report (English version) through the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) for their final bachelor degree transcripts and bachelor degree. All verification reports need to be sent to the MSU Office of Admissions directly by CDGDC. If you are admitted to the Criminal Justice program while completing your last semester of study, you will need to repeat the process and resubmit the materials once your degree has been conferred.
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general scores from an exam taken within the last five years. Test preparation material and information about test dates can be found at www.ets.org/gre. Please note when scheduling your exam that it may take 4-6 weeks for your scores to be forwarded to the university and this department. The institution code for MSU is 1465.
- International students must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam scores from a test taken within the past two years. MSU's score requirement is a minimum average score of 80, with no subscores below 19 for Reading, Listening and Speaking, and no subscore below 22 for Writing. The institution code for MSU is 1465. Students from countries where the primary language is English may have the TOEFL requirement waived with the approval of the department, college, and Graduate School. Please contact the graduate secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine whether the requirement may be waived.
- International students must also submit a statement of financial proof.
Please note: In order to apply to the program, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a major appropriate to the concentration sought, and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. You should be aware that the masters program is quite competitive and recent experience has been that successful applicants have undergraduate GPAs of 3.5 or higher.
Questions? Please contact Graduate Secretary Melissa Christle at email@example.com or 517-353-7133.