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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 "Requirements for Graduate Admission". (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 "Apply to the Graduate School at Penn State". (this site will provide you information on applying and under the Admissions Tab by choosing the Prospective Student tab you will provided information on child care, housing, insurance, veteran/military services, funding and much more)

(*If you are an International Student a TOEFL score is required - please have it sent to Penn State University electronically using school code 2660)

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, 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 - please be sure to make this choice clear in your letter), 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)

You will need to upload a non-official transcript from each institution of higher education you have attended as an undergraduate or graduate student.  You will only be required to provide an official transcript if you accept admission.

The GRE is required and a score of 306 or better would be needed to be competitive for admission to the program.  Please have your scores sent electronically to Penn State University using school code 2660.

The deadline for applying for Fall 2017 is January 15, 2017, however applicants with strong academic records are encouraged to apply by December 1, 2016 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 at a designated time in February here at University Park.

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