Marshall University Forensic Science Program LogoAdmission Policy

Admission to the Forensic Science Program is highly selective, with approximately 20 students selected each year.  Applicant materials should be submitted by March 1, as entrance into the Forensic Science Program is restricted to the fall semester only. However, the program observes a rolling application policy so that individuals may apply at any time. Applicants are considered after the deadline if openings are available in the program.  Students who apply by or before March 1 have a better chance of admission than those who apply later, and it is not uncommon for applicants who apply early to be notified before the deadline.

With minor deficiencies, individuals who do not meet the preceding criteria may be considered for conditional admission as long as the candidate successfully completes all admission requirements by August of that year. Students admitted with deficiencies must maintain a 3.0 GPA or above while enrolled in the program and those deficiencies determined by the admissions committee must be rectified prior to the completion of the 12th credit hour of enrollment in the program.

All application, admission, and degree-granting requirements and regulations shall be applied equitably to individual applicants and students regardless of age, sex, race, disability, religion, or national origin.

Admission Process

To apply, click here to go to Marshall’s Graduate Admissions page!

Click here for the Applicant Packet or International Applicant Packet

The complete application process includes:

  1. Submission of the Marshall University Graduate College Application available online via
  2. Completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1 as possible at
  3. Submission of official transcript(s) documenting that the applicant has:
    • A) Achieved an overall Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better.
    • B) A bachelor’s degree in a forensic or natural science, computer science, computer electronic or electrical engineering, information systems or information technology (or its equivalent coursework in a relevant field)
    • C) Completed one academic year of the following courses with associated labs, with no grade of less than a C:
      • Biology
      • General Chemistry
      • Organic Chemistry
      • Physics
      • Recommended Course: Biochemistry
    • D) It should be noted that successful completion of an undergraduate course in biochemistry is recommended, but not required, prior to entry into this program.
  4. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) – Tested AFTER 8/1/11,  Applicants should perform in the top 50% of test-takers in each of the three categories: verbal, quantitative, and writing. Tested BEFORE 8/1/11, applicants should have a combined score (Verbal + Quantitative) of ≥1000.
  5. Formal Letters:
    • Personal Request for Admission
    • Three Letters of Recommendation on formal letterhead from individuals familiar with applicant’s moral and academic record

Full admission to the program (once an offer is made) is also contingent on successful completion of:

  • A background check similar to those required for law enforcement officers are likely to be a condition of employment (Reference: NIJ Report NCJ 203099 – “Qualifications for a Career in Forensic Science.” pp. 7-10). We encourage all students to maintain a drug-free lifestyle to ensure they will not be denied internships or future employment.
  • Required Hepatitis B vaccination/titer or formal declination of vaccination
  • Receipt of other documentation required for enrollment.

All materials should be submitted to:

Marshall University Graduate Admissions Office
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303-1600
Telephone: 1-800-642-9842

Do NOT send materials to the forensic science center.