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The Undergraduate Degree:

Applying to the Forensic Science Undergraduate Degree Program can be done through the Undergraduate Admissions application process.

The Graduate Program:

If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT read the Graduate School requirements, please visit that website. (this site will provide you information on academic eligibility, English proficiency, application fees, deadline, and enrollment types)

If you have read the Graduate School and program requirements and are ready to apply, you may proceed to the application. (this site will provide you information on applying and under the Prospective Student tab will provide you information on child care, housing, insurance, veteran/military services, funding and much more)

Each applicant will be asked to upload the below through the application process:

A Personal Statement of Purpose describing your emphasis of interest (biology or chemistry), professional interests, and career goals

Three letters of reference (letters of reference can be submitted by the student's undergraduate adviser, research adviser, and/or an instructor for an upper level course taken as part of their major)

Each applicant will be asked to send to Melissa Thomas, 107 Whitmore Lab, University Park, PA 16802 the following:

Two official transcripts from each institution of higher education you have attended as an undergraduate or graduate student

The GRE is required and a score of 306 or better would be needed to be competitive for admission to the program.  The school code for Penn State is 2660.

The deadline for applying for Fall 2015 is January 15, 2015, however applicants with strong academic records are encouraged to apply by December 1, 2014 to be considered in the first rounds of competition. If selected, you will be asked to go through an interview process conducted by members of the forensic science faculty on February 28, 2015 here at University Park.