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.

UAB MSFS and NSF REU students presented posters at the 2015 annual meeting of the Alabama State Academy of Forensic Sciences on Thurs. July 20th in Callaway Gardens GA. UAB MSFS and NSF REU students presented posters at the 2015 annual meeting of the Alabama State Academy of Forensic Sciences on Thurs. July 20th in Callaway Gardens, GA. The students are (left to right) Brittany Kriz, Nikki Barlow, Amber Brown, Mary Eley, and Stacy Wolff. The inset shows Amber Brown receiving the poster presentation award from meeting organizers, Jackie Jenkins and Marc Bass. Jackie is an alumnus of the MSFS program.

General Information

  • Entry into program: Fall semester
  • 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: 3
  • Entrance tests: GRE (TOEFL and TWE also required for international applicants whose native language is not English)
  • Contact for more information: Elizabeth Gardner, MSFS program director

Graduate Catalog

Read about the MSFS program and course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements

For detailed information about the admissions process, visit the MSFS Admissions page.

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.

Please review the admissions checklist and the MSFS Admissions page for additional details.

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 market website.Save