Loyola University Maryland

Forensic Studies

Accelerated Master of Science in Forensic Pattern Analysis

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The Forensic Pattern Analysis program offers an accelerated BA/BS-MS program for current undergraduate students. Students should apply for the MS program during their junior year through the Office of Graduate Admissions. The accelerated program is a great option for Loyola undergraduates to complete both an undergraduate and master’s degree in a reduced number of semesters, and total tuition costs.

To apply for the accelerated program, a student is expected to have taken the following undergraduate courses: BL 101, FO 230, and either ST 110, ST 210 or ST 265.  Once accepted into the program, three graduate courses may be taken that apply towards both the undergraduate and graduate programs. If a student has previously taken one of the undergraduate versions of the program courses, the course is waived from the graduate program but must be replaced with an additional graduate elective.  However, students must complete FO 675, FO 710 and FO 790 at the graduate level.

Students interested in applying to the BA/BS-MS program may do so by going to the Office of Graduate Admission and completing the online application. The admission requirements also include two letters of recommendation (both of which must be from Loyola faculty members) and an essay. Official transcripts are automatically requested, and the $60 application fee is waived for all current students.

Additional Benefits of the Accelerated Master of Science in Forensic Pattern Analysis

  • Complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in a reduced number of semesters
  • 15% Double Greyhound tuition discount for Loyola alumni
  • Students may count a maximum of three courses (9 credits) towards both their undergraduate and graduate degrees
  • Application fee waiver
  • Transcript submission waiver
  • GRE waiver

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 average undergraduate GPA
  • Complete graduate application
  • A grade of a "B" or higher in all graduate level coursework

Application Deadline and How to Apply

The application deadline for the accelerated Master of Science in Forensic Pattern Analysis is October 1. Students may, however, request information to learn more and begin the planning process at any time.

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