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International Applicants

forensicscienceMarshall University is authorized under U.S. Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students with F-1 or J-1 visa status. International applicants must submit required documentation  to be considered for admission (see requirements on the Graduate Admissions page).  Submit all materials to:

Marshall University
Center for International Programs
212 Old Main
Huntington, WV  25755

Contact the Center for International Programs at:

Telephone: 304-696-2379
Fax: 304-696-6353

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.

Application Process

Click here to go to the Graduate Admissions page to apply.

Click here for the International Applicant Packet

The complete application process includes:

  1. Submission of the Marshall University Graduate College Application available online via
  2. Submission of official transcript(s) documenting that the applicant has:
    • A) Achieved an overall Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better.
    • B) Bachelor’s degree in a forensic or natural science (or field with equivalent coursework).
    • 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Formal Letters:
    • Personal Request for Admission
    • Three Letters of Recommendation on formal letterhead from individuals familiar with applicant’s moral and academic record
  5. Proof of English Proficiency- Please see the International Admissions page for minimum test score requirements for English proficiency.

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: 1-304-696-4723


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