Assessment & Student Outcomes

A.  Grade Point Average (GPA):  Marshall University Forensic Science Program Average Incoming Undergraduate GPA versus Exit MSFS GPA

Graph A: This graph provides the average undergraduate GPA for students coming into the Forensic Science Program as well as the average GPA upon graduation from the Program.  At this time, GPA data for Graduating Class of 2016 and 2017 (incoming 2014 and 2015, respectively) is provided, however, GPA at the time of graduation for these two Classes is in the future and yet to be determined.

Table A a more precise numeric view of incoming and exit GPAs over the past 5 years.

 B.  Employment Statistics:  Marshall University Graduate Employment Statistics

Table B: Individuals classified as having a Forensic Science job are those in the actual field of Forensic Science after graduation with respect to the relevancy of their degree obtained. Examples of this would be as follows: Laboratory or field work with forensic governmental/private agencies, etc

C.  Professional Development:  Marshall University Graduate Student Presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting or MAAFS Regional Meeting

Graph C:  This graph provides student attendance and presentations at national or regional professional meetings per year which consisted of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting ( in Chicago, IL (2011), Atlanta, GA (2012), Washington, DC (2013), Seattle, WA (2014), Orlando, FL (2015) and Las Vegas, NV (2016)..  “Percent Attending” (Red Square) is based on the number of 1st– and 2nd– year students attending divided by the total number of students enrolled in the program for that year x 100.  “Percent Presenting” (Green Triangle) is based on the number of students who were selected to present a poster or podium presentation at the meeting compared to the total number of 2nd-years students* in the Program.

*Only 2nd-year students have completed research projects to be eligible for national meeting presentation.

Students Presenting at AAFS National or other Regional Meetings, Presentation Title, and Percentage (%) of Presenters per Class per Year

Chart D: Incoming Student GRE Score Averages

Chart c Table db


These graphs provide average GRE scores of applicants accepted into the MUFS graduate program for the past 4 years in the areas of verbal, quantitative, and writing. (Note: GRE average scores for the Class of 2013 were graded on a different scoring system. Average scores for the Class of 2013 were 511 verbal, 670 quantitative, and 4.1 writing).