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College of Humanities & Sciences

Department of Forensic Science


Beyond the general VCU Graduate School admission standards, admission to the Master of Science in Forensic Science is based on the following minimum criteria:

  • A bachelor's degree in a natural science discipline, including forensic science; or a degree with equivalent course work.
  • Completion of EIGHT credits (two semesters or equivalent) of organic chemistry with laboratories and EIGHT credits (two semesters or equivalent) of general biology with laboratories.
  • Completion of NINE upper-level credits (or equivalent) - coursework topics depend on concentration.  SEE THE Graduate Bulletin FOR SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS.
  • An undergraduate grade-point average that exceeds 2.9 overall on a 4.0 scale.
  • A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record General Exam (GRE). For information about this exam, call (800) GRE-CALL.
  • Assessment of prior graduate course work and/or relevant laboratory experience (where applicable).
  • Three letters of recommendation pertaining specifically to the applicant's potential ability as a graduate student in forensic science.

While applicants are encouraged to apply early, the deadline for applications is March 1. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if the cohort is not completed.

Application fee waivers are considered on a case-by-case basis for students with financial hardship when funds are available.  If you would like to request a fee waiver, please send a short statement of need along with the concentration that you are applying for and an unofficial transcript to

Were you unable to attend our Graduate Open House?
View the presentations below and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Virtual Open House

Virtual Department Tour

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