Michigan State

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560A Baker Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-432-5439
Director: David R. Foran, PhD forsci@msu.edu
Status: Full Accreditation for the Master of Science Degree Program (biology and chemistry tracks)

Michigan State University, or MSU has been in the forensic science field for a long time. Their School of Criminal Justice began offering courses in 1946 and remains the oldest functioning education program in forensic science in the US. Although it’s it the oldest school, it still provides its students with up-to-date and the newest of technologies and equipment in their state-of-the-art laboratories.

There are three main concentrations offered: Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Biology, and Forensic Anthropology. MSU is also one of only 13 universities offering a Master’s degree in Forensic Science. MSU also provides internships to its students, awarding them academic credit in the process. Plus, it recently began offering courses in facial reconstruction.

Admission Requirements

The following items need to be completed during the application process:

  • Complete the application
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions
  • GRE exam results
  • Personal statement
  • GPA 3.0
  • 3 letters of recommendationThe universities code for the GRE is 1465 and the department code is 2202.

Most Recent Class Profile:

Type: Public
# of Total Applicants: N/A
# Students Enrolled: 10,789
# of Males Enrolled: 46.7%
# of Females Enrolled: 53.3%
Overall GPA: 3.5
Average SAT Score: Combined 1030-1250
Resident Per Credit Tuition: $478.25
Non-Resident Per Credit Tuition: $966.50