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Department of Forensic Science

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Sarah Kerrigan, PhD

Patrick Buzzini, Joan Bytheway, Jasmine Drake, David Gangitano, Sheree Hughes-Stamm, Sarah Kerrigan, Sparks Veasey, Jorn Yu.

Kelsie BryandKaren Caldwell, Kristin Ware.

Our mission is to provide students the knowledge, skills and abilities to prepare them for successful careers in forensic science. This mission is accomplished through academic coursework, hands-on experience in the laboratory, research and the completion of an internship in a forensic science laboratory.

Contact Information
Kelsie Bryand, MS.

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Academic Programs

Master of Science in Forensic Science

Doctorate of Philosophy in Forensic Science


The Master of Science in Forensic Science is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). The program itself was established in 2001 and was the very first accredited program in Texas. The program gives students the flexibility to tailor a degree toward their individual interests and professional goals while working in a state-of-the art facility. We have been preparing students for careers in forensic science for over a decade, with proven success.

Sam Houston State University offers a PhD in Forensic Science for those seeking leadership positions or intending to pursue careers in research or education.  The doctoral program at SHSU is an interdisciplinary science degree that can be completed in four to five years of full-time study.

Career Opportunities

The forensic science programs are designed to prepare graduates for successful careers in forensic science and relted professions. Students not only develop scientific understanding essential to forensic science, but also acquire the practical skills, knowledge and problem solving abilities that will help them advance into leadership positions. The graduate programs in forensic science offer extensive hands-on and laboratory instruction.  Students acquire the practical skills that are sought after by potential employers.

Student Organizations and Activities

  • Society of Forensic Science
  • Graduate Student Organization (Criminal Justice)


The Department of forensic science partners withnumerous accredited crime laboratories and medical examiner's offices for forensic science internships throughout the United States. All students enrolled in one of the graduate programs must successfully complete a forensic science internship. The department does not facilitate internships for students from other colleges or universities.


Scholarship opportunities, assistantships, and financial assistance are available. Student assistantships and scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis based upon academic performance, GRE scores, letters of recommendation and previous laboratory experience.

Financial awards are available, including out-of-state tuition waivers. University policy requires all students to pay in-state tuition.

Information on graduate assistantships is available by contacting Kelsie Bryand (kelsie@shsu.edu) in the Department of Forensic Science at 936-294-4370.

Information on specific scholarships available in the College of Criminal Justice are available through Cutty Gilbert (cutty@shsu.edu) at 936.294.3755.

Please see the College of Criminal Justice section for information on college and university level scholarships.


Forensic Science (FORS)

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