A Master’s Degree requires 30 credit hours. Full time MS candidates must register for a minimum of
6 and a maximum of 9 credit hours of research and/or classes each semester (1-2 in summer). A nonthesis
MS may be obtained on a part-time basis with no minimum semester credit hour requirement.
However, if enrollment lapses for more than two semesters (summer counts as one), students must
reapply electronically to Purdue to be “re-admitted” by the University.
Requirements for the Masters Degree
1. 15 credit hours of approved graduate courses including:
a. 9 credit hours in the primary major area
b. 6 credit hours outside the major area in at least two other (separate) areas.
c. 12 of the 15 credit hours must be approved 600 level courses
2. MS Thesis Candidates Only: 13 credit hours of 69800 Research and 2 credits hours of 69500
Seminar (for 1 credit in semesters 1 and 2, 0 credit in remaining semesters).
3. MS Thesis Candidates Only: A thesis approved by the student’s Thesis Advisory Committee
4. MS Non-Thesis Candidates Only: An additional 15 credit hours of approved graduate courses of
which 6 hours can be 59900 Special Assignment. Note: Seminar 69500 for credit is not
available to part-time students. All Candidates:
5. An approved Plan of Study submitted before the end of the 3rd semester (thesis candidates) or at
least one semester prior to graduation (non-thesis candidates).
6. Registration for CAND (Candidacy for graduation) in the semester you intend to graduate.
This traditional full-time program requires 15 hours of course work, 2 hours of seminar and and 13 hours of thesis research. The research activity culminates in the completion and defense of a thesis. This option is available to full- or part-time students. In addition to the above formal requirements, 3rd semester MS thesis students are expected to
participate in the Departmental Poster Session held every Fall semester; this important event serves as a
Progress Review for thesis students and also assists in developing presentation skills and preparation for
the final thesis defense. January admit students are expected to participate on or before their 4th
semester in residence.
The non-thesis option requires 30 hours of course work alone. Because research experience is essential in an advanced chemistry program, this option is recommended for part-time students only. Students in this option usually are employed full time and are engaged in research activity as part of their employment. Non-thesis MS candidates may participate in research activity within the department by enrolling in
Chemistry 59900 after consultation with, and approval by, the faculty member who will supervise the
research. A maximum of 6 credit hours of 59900 taken by part-time students may count as part of the 30
credit hour requirement.
For More Information: https://science.iupui.edu/sites/default/files/msrequirements.pdf
Students must apply in one of the following concentrations; forensic chemistry or forensic biology. All students take a core of required courses and are listed here:
- Core Courses (all students must take)
- FIS 50500 - Current Issues in Forensic Science (3 cr)
- FIS 51500 - Legal Issues in Forensic Science (3 cr)
- FIS 50600 - Advanced Forensic Microscopy (3 cr)
- Additional Required Courses (for Forensic Biology and Forensic Chemistry Concentrations)
- Forensic Biology Forensic Chemistry
- FIS 52100 - Forensic Biology (3 cr) FIS 51100 - Forensic Chemistry I (3 cr)
- FIS 53000 - Population Genetics (3 cr) FIS 51200 - Forensic Chemistry II (3 cr)
TOTAL REQUIRED COURSEWORK: 15 cr
Full and part-time thesis students will take an additional course in their area of specialty (and with the guidance of their thesis advisor. The remainder will be composed of the Forensic Science Seminar Series (1 cr) and FIS 69800 Thesis research (9 cr or 10 cr depending on your area of concentration).
The full-time thesis MS program consists of 30 semester credit hours. It is anticipated that the program can be completed within two years. For full time thesis students, students are encouraged to identify a thesis topic with the help of the FIS faculty as soon as possible in the program. It is normally expected that the research and write up of the thesis will take at least one year of the program. Collaborative research projects with local forensic science laboratories are encouraged. Thesis research done in conjunction with a crime lab must be approved by the student's thesis director at IUPUI.
The Forensic & Investigative Sciences Program currently has four full-time faculty actively involved in forensic science research.
The non-thesis Forensic Science MS Program may be completed full-time or part-time, however, only full-time students may complete the program in 12 months. This program consists solely of advanced coursework and laboratory courses. The program is based on 30 credits of completed coursework. Available classes include: Current Issues in Forensic Science (FIS 50500), Forensic Chemistry I and Lab (FIS 51100/51101), Forensic Science and the Law (FIS 51500), Special Topics in Chemistry (CHEM 69600), Forensic Chemistry II (FIS 51200), Advanced Forensic Microscopy (FIS 50600), Lab Project Design (FIS 59700), Chemistry Elective, Forensic Science Laboratory Management (FIS 50800), and Law and Forensic Science (LAW-D774).