• Graduate Admission

  • Graduate Admission

    Phone: 651-523-2900
    Fax: 651-523-3058 

    Hamline University 
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

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    Postbaccalaureate Forensic Sciences Certificate Program


    The forensic sciences involve the application of scientific principles and technical methods to criminal investigations. Forensic scientists are variously involved with searches of crime scenes, the analysis of collected evidence, identifying and linking victims and suspects, the interpretation of evidence in the context of the crime, and the presentation of expert opinions and conclusions in a court of law.

    Forensic scientists practice in a wide variety of disciplines. Hamline's Postbaccalaureate Forensic Sciences Certificate Program recognizes this and tailors the program to best prepare students for their chosen career paths. Career counseling and personal advising ensure completion of an individualized program of study.

    Hamline's 42-48 credit program will prepare students to pursue careers in the forensic sciences (as either a technician or scientist), law, or law enforcement in a hands-on applied theory-to-practice environment.

    Certificate seeking students must have completed an undergraduate major in one of the following relevant disciplines:

    • Anthropology
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics

    Given that the forensic sciences can include a broad range of disciplines, petitions to earn the certificate through majors not listed above will be evaluated by the chair of the department. Students pursuing a career in the forensic sciences with an emphasis in criminalistics should have a major in either biology or chemistry, while those interested in investigation and/or non-natural science forensic sciences (e.g. forensic anthropology) may pursue a major in a discipline outside the natural sciences.

    To earn a Postbaccalaureate Forensic Sciences Certificate, students must have earned an appropriate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and maintained a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0.

    Admission to the Post Baccalaureate Forensic Science program is very selective. While all majors are considered, due to technical advances in the Forensic Science field, most admitted students have majors in the sciences and have lab experience.

    Tuition and fees

    Tuition and fee information is available at the Student Administrative Services Office. Financial aid is available based on individual eligibility. Students must be enrolled in at least six semester credits to qualify for financial aid. For required forms or more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 651-523-3000.

    Admission Deadlines

    Fall: August 1
    Spring: December 1

    Application Checklist

    1. Complete the application and provide a personal statement outlining your career and educational goals. You may include any information you feel may be of importance to the Admission Committee.

    All international applicants must pay a $100 application fee. The application fee is accepted in the form of a bank draft (payable to Hamline University). 

    2. Arrange to have official transcript(s) of previous course work and one letter of recommendation sent directly to:

    Hamline University
    Office of Graduate Admission
    1536 Hewitt Avenue MS-A1710
    St. Paul, MN 55104-1284

    3. You will be contacted once your application file is complete and the Admission Committee has made a decision on your application status.

    Hamline University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.

    Forensic Science Certificate Disclosures


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