The Pennsylvania State University

107 Whitmore Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-5286
Director: Mitchell M. Holland, PhD mmh20@psu.edu
Status: Full Accreditation for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science
http://www.science.psu.edu/forensics

The forensic science program at Penn State is designed to provide high quality instruction to undergraduate, graduate and professional degree students. Students wishing to earn their MPS (Master of Professional Studies) in Forensic Science should know that the program is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation since 1997. Penn State is highly competitive to get into, usually turning down over 1/3 of applications each academic year. Students wishing to get into the forensic science program, either at the undergraduate or graduate level should have competitive test scores and GPA scores.

Admission Requirements

The following items are required to enter into Penn State’s forensic science program:

  • Choose and state the program in which you want to study (you may only apply to one program at a time, otherwise the application will be disregarded).
  • Complete the Graduate School Admissions and Program Information Portal
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Bachelor degree in the biological sciences, chemistry, or a related field
  • Letter of intent
  • 2 letters of reference
  • College transcripts in a sealed envelope
  • A curriculum vitae (resume)
  • Possible interview with a member of the forensic science faculty

Most Recent Class Profile:

Type: Public
# of Total Applicants: 1,232
# Students Enrolled: 965
# of Males Enrolled: 51%
# of Females Enrolled: 49%
Overall GPA: 3.0
Average GRE Score: Not required for this program
Resident 1st Year Tuition: $15,614
Total Resident Cost for 4 Years: $62,456
Non-Resident 1st Year Tuition: $21,952
Total Non-Resident Cost for 4 Years: $87,808

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