Admissions Deadlines: Fall - April 1 (February 1 for applicants applying for assistantships/fellowships)
Spring - October 1
Standardized test scores: GRE general test (institutional code 5246). Waived for applicants who hold a JD, MD, or PhD.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.
Minimum scores for the program are:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; or
- TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 53
Applicants who do not meet minimum English language requirements may be eligible for our full-time Applied English Language program.
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations.
Prerequisite requirements: A bachelor's degree from an accredited university with at least one semester in chemistry and one semester of biology or permission of the department.
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - https://columbian.gwu.edu/international-graduate-applicants - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 215
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
askccas@gwu.edu ~ 202-994-6210 (phone) ~ 202-994-6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

36 credits, including 27 credits in required courses and 9 credits in elective courses, and successful completion of a master's comprehensive examination.

Required
FORS 6005Fundamentals of Forensic Science II
FORS 6207Photography in the Forensic Sciences
FORS 6215Science of Fingerprints
FORS 6219Digital Image Processing
FORS 6224Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists
FORS 6251Crime Scene Investigation I
FORS 6252Crime Scene Investigation II
FORS 6256Forensic Pathology
FORS 6257Medicolegal Death Investigation
Electives
9 credits selected in consultation with the departmental advisor. Suggested electives include:
FORS 6010Bloodstain Pattern Analysis I
FORS 6203Examination of Questioned Documents
FORS 6204Firearms and Toolmark Identification
FORS 6255Investigation of Child Abuse
FORS 6290Selected Topics (Crime Scene Investigation III)
Other requirements
Successful completion of a master’s comprehensive examination is required.