Key Information

Master of Science, Forensic Science

Students graduating with a BS in Chemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, or other natural science field are qualified to take the next step in becoming a forensic scientist by enrolling in a MSFS degree program. If you are interested in learning more about forensic science as a career, visit our page, Becoming a Forensic Scientist. For information concerning enrollment in the UAB MSFS program, contact Dr. Elizabeth Gardner.

Deadline for Entry Term(s): Fall

Deadline for All Application Materials to be in the Graduate School Office: January 31; later applications will be considered if vacancies are available.

Number of Evaluation Forms Required: Three

Entrance Tests: GRE (TOEFL and TWE also required for international applicants whose native language is not English.)

Graduate Catalog Description: Graduate Catalog

Admission Requirements

Because the MSFS Program is laboratory-based, students seeking admission to the MSFS Program should have a strong background in the physical or natural sciences, including such disciplines as biology, chemistry, or physics. Beyond a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, the admission requirements include the following:

  • Minimum recommended GPA for admission is 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Minimum recommended GRE score for admission is 300 (combined) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the test.
  • Students seeking admission to the MSFS Program must have taken at least two semesters of laboratory-based general chemistry, and two semesters of laboratory-based organic chemistry. It is recommended that students also have completed at least two of the following courses: quantitative chemistry (wet analytical chemistry), instrumental chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and statistics, earning a minimum grade of "B" in each course.

Application Deadline

Students are admitted to the MSFS Program for fall semester. The application deadline is January 31st for the fall semester of that calendar year. Late applications will be accepted until April 30th; however, once the maximum expected enrollment is reached, late applications may not be considered.

Application for admission can be made online through the UAB Graduate School website,

Please review the admissions checklist for additional details.

Application Process

Application materials are received by the graduate school, then made available to the MSFS Program Director. Please refer to the UAB Graduate School online application system for questions concerning submitting your application.

Your application is considered complete when:

  • payment of the application fee is received
  • the online application (including personal statement) is completed
  • official transcripts are received by the UAB Graduate School
  • three letters of recommendation are received by the UAB Graduate School or the MSFS Director
  • standardized test scores (GRE, TOEFL for non-native English speakers) are received by the UAB Graduate School
Letters of recommendation can be completed online by the evaluator (instructions are given to the student during the online application process). Alternatively, a recommendation form can be downloaded and mailed to:

MSFS Director
UBOB 210
1720 2nd Ave. S
Birmingham, AL 35294-4562

Financial Aid and Tuition Costs

The Department of Justice Sciences does offer assistantships and small scholarships to MSFS students. No separate application for these merit-based awards is needed. We assume all applicants are interested in funding and will contact those who are most qualified to receive some form of department aid.

The University's Office of Student Financial Aid (205 934-8223) has complete information for prospective students who are interested in need-based financial assistance.

For a complete list of tuition costs and fees, visit the tuition and fees section of the UAB Students website. Note that most of the student service fees are now incorporated into the first hour of coursework each semester.

For applicants from the southeastern US, the Academic Common Market is an interstate agreement among selected southern states for sharing academic programs at both the baccalaureate and graduate levels. Participating states are Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Residents of these states may qualify to pay in-state tuition. For more information, visit the Academic Common Market website.