Why Forensic Science?At IUPUI, our graduate students are passionate about making an impact.
The IUPUI Forensic & Investigative Sciences Program Masters of Science Thesis Program is accredited by the Forensic Educational Programs Accreditating Commision (FEPAC).
FIS Program Director: Dr. Christine Picard
FIS MS Program Associate Director: Dr. John Goodpaster
IUPUI currently ranks 7th by U.S. News and World Report in "Up-and-Coming National Universities" and maintains a spot among the top 200 universities in the country. Situated in the heart of Indianapolis, IUPUI is an urban research and life sciences institution near the Indiana State Forensic Laboratory, the Marion County Forensic Services Agency, the State Department of Toxicology, and two private forensic labs (AIT Laboratories and Strand Analytical Laboratories).
The School of Science at IUPUI offers a graduate program leading to Purdue University Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Forensic Science.
THESIS PROGRAM: Admission decisions will be made by January 15 each year. If not admitted in our thesis program, you will be automatically considered for our non-thesis program.
NON-THESIS: March 15th (for August Enrollment), October 15th (for January Enrollment)
Late applications will be accepted, and reviewed, but priority will be given to applicants who submit prior to the deadline
General Admission Requirements
The following guidelines are both School of Science and the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program minimum requirements for admission to our MS degree program:
- A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the physical or life sciences including chemistry, biology, forensic science, pharmacology/toxicology, or a related science
- TOEFL: 79
- Two (2) reference letters
- A personal statement that discusses your educational and work background, interest and experience in forensic science, and research interests if you are applying for the thesis program.
- Supplemental questions will request information about which degree (thesis or non-thesis) and track (forensic biology or chemistry) is applied for along with requiring a list of relevant coursework.
In order to have a competitive application, it is STRONGLY preferred that the following courses have been successfully completed prior to admission:
Forensic Biology Concentration
- Population Genetics/Statistics
- Molecular Biology
Forensic Chemistry Concentration
- Analytical Chemistry/Quantitative Analysis
- Instrumental Analysis
Application to the program can be done completely online. The online application is called the "Indiana University Graduate Centralized Application System (CAS)"
Please send transcripts to:Kitty O'Doherty Graduate Program Administrator Forensic & Investigative Sciences 402 N. Blackford Street, LD 326 Indianapolis, IN 46202 (317) 274-8969
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