A good science student has a natural interest in their subject, a passion for learning, an inquisitive mind, an ambition to succeed, and is keen to develop and apply their analytical skills in a contextual environment, says Dr Paul Jones, award leader for the Forensic Science courses at USW.
Five ways to a stand-out statement
- Make it personal: Research the forensic science course on the website, attend an Open Day and relate the course to your career aspirations. Also, be clear about why you want to study Forensic Science at USW and what you hope to achieve from your studies.
- Work experience: Show a desire to learn outside of the classroom. You may have experienced a working laboratory environment, had some kind of work experience in industry, or have a part-time job where you are developing and applying the transferable skills required by forensic scientists, such as working as part of a team, communication, planning and organisation, evaluating situations etc.
- Commitment: We are looking for students who have a career ambition to be a forensic scientist or analytical scientist. You’ll need to demonstrate an awareness of the field of forensic science through being able to quote examples. Also, evidence how you keep up-to-date with what is happening in the forensic science sector. The best way to do this is to read scientific articles and news items.
- Strengths: Emphasise your strengths and qualities by providing relevant examples. Tell us what you can do, and sell yourself positively. Show us how you use initiative to solve problems and how you enjoy the practical aspect of your studies. Which experiment has been the most interesting to you, and why? What did you learn?
- Skills: Tell us about your hobbies and interests, and what skills you are acquiring from them. Are you a member of a sports team, for example? How do you think that is similar to a role in the workplace?
M.S. in Forensic Science
M.S. in Forensic Science-Biology/Chemistry
The M.S. Forensic Science degree and the M.S. Forensic Science-Biology/Chemistry degree are research-oriented, thesis-required graduate degree programs. Students must complete a minimum of 36 hours of graduate level work including required core courses, electives, and 6 hours of thesis research in their major area.
Students who successfully obtain a M.S in Forensic Science orForensic Science-Biology/Chemistry will:Apply the scientific method to forensic science problems: critically review and interpret forensic science literature; develop well-reasoned, scientifically sound hypotheses; design experiments to test hypotheses; statistically analyze and interpret data; and communicate forensic science information clearly, concisely, logically, and accurately, to the general public both orally and in writing.
Please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator with any questions:
Dr. John Mabry
Click here to view requirements for Admissions to Graduate Studies at UCO
Send the following Items to:
The Jackson College of Graduate Studies
Nigh University Center, Room 404
100 North University Drive
Edmond, Oklahoma 73034
1. Completed paper or online application form (Graduate Application).
2. Official paper copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each institution attended with all degrees posted. The bachelor's degree must be from an accredited institution. Transcripts must show:
a. A minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA.
b. Completion of nine undergraduate hours and other prerequisites (if any), as determined by the graduate program advisor: FRSC 3043 Crime Scene Processing; STAT 2103 Introduction to Statistics for the Sciences; and FRSC 2503 Introduction to Forensic Science. These courses may be completed during your first year of the graduate program.
3. Graduate Record Examination scores. A GRE score with a preferred minimum 50th percentile ranking (quantitative and verbal sections).
Statement on drug abuse and background checks related to the Forensic Science Program:
Individuals seeking careers in forensic science and related fields are subject to background checks as they will work with sensitive information. These careers demand a high level of trust, unquestioned ethics, and professionalism. Students pursuing a degree in forensic science can also expect a background check as part of the required internship or practicum program. A background investigation typically includes review of arrest or conviction records; drug and alcohol use and abuse screening; review of credit reports; interview of friends, teachers, and supervisors; and possibly a polygraph examination. Issues derived from background investigations often preclude internships and employment in forensic science or related fields. Even though law enforcement agencies may differ in specific policies, tolerance levels, and practices related to the background investigation, it is unlikely that a candidate failing a background check will be accepted for an internship or able to secure employment in the forensic science field.
Admission into the Graduate Forensic Science Program is for the Fall Semester only. Application Deadline is: April 15
1. Plan of Study. File a Plan of Study with your advisor and the Jackson College of Graduate Studies by the end of the first semester during which they complete their 12th hour of graduate work. The plan must be signed and dated by the student and the graduate advisor before it can be considered official.
2. Academic Standards. Meet the following course work standards: (a) Overall GPA of 3.00 or higher; (b) no more than 6 hours of "C;" and, (c) no more than six advisor-approved hours from traditional correspondence courses.
3. Thesis. Enroll in FRSC 5990 and complete a thesis and successfully defend it in public, two paper copies of the thesis and one electronic copy to the library through Proquest and the thesis' original title page, signature page, and abstract page to the JCGS.