- Fall: Apply by March 1, 5 p.m. EST
- Spring: Apply by October 1, 5 p.m. EST
- GPA: 3.0
- GRE: Required, students who are accepted into the program normally have a 40% (149) or higher on their GRE verbal and quantitative scores
- Applicant Statement/Letter of Intent: Required
- Letters of Recommendation: Required, 3 Letters
- Additional Requirements:
- Hold a bachelor's degree in a natural science from an accredited college or University. A Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or Biology is the preferred degree
- Be accepted by a faculty sponsor
- Foreign students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and obtain a score of 550 or higher
Note: Students aspiring to work in the field of forensic science are normally required to undergo a thorough background check. A past criminal record (arrests and/or convictions) will usually disqualify a person to work in this field. In addition, most forensic science employers will not hire anyone with a history of illicit drug abuse.
For additional requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.
- Combined BS/MS
To be considered for admission to the combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program, students must complete at least 75-90 credits in the BS in Chemistry at FIU and meet the admissions criteria for the MS in Forensic Science program.
The application must be submitted to Graduate Admissions before the student starts the last 30 credits of the bachelor’s degree program. A student admitted to the combined degree program will be considered to have undergraduate status until the student applies for graduation from their bachelor’s degree program. Upon conferral of the bachelor’s degree, the student will be granted graduate status and be eligible for graduate assistantships.