Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Master's Programs

MS Forensic Biology


Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions: Currently, only U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents are eligible for this program.

Application Requirements


Applicants to the MS in Forensic Biology should have a BS degree in a physical/life science (Chemistry/Biology)

GPA: 3.0 (minimum)

Applicants are required to have taken the following prerequisite courses:

  • 2 semesters of General Biology
  • 1  semester of Molecular Biology
  • 1 semester of Biochemistry

Recommended Coursework:

  • Genetics
  • Statistics

Jefferson College of Life Sciences (JCLS) application, TJAPP, is managed through a central application service which collects all of the application materials.

The application fee is $50.00 and needs to be submitted by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only) upon submission of the application. The fee is non-refundable.


Submit a personal statement/essay describing your reasons for applying to the MS program in Forensic Biology at Thomas Jefferson University.

This can be cut and pasted into the text box provided in the online application

Official Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities they have attended. This includes any study-abroad programs or transfer credit not reflected on undergraduate transcripts with full course titles and final grades.

All transcripts/evaluations should be sent to TJAPP at the following address with the Transcript Matching Form:

TJAPP Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9130
Watertown, MA 02471

Letters of Reference-3 Required

Letters of reference should be written by people who can comment from personal knowledge on the applicant's academic qualifications, preferably from individual faculty or professional references.


The GRE is optional, not required, for the MS programs in Forensic Biology. Applicants may choose to submit the GRE general test to provide additional evidence of their fitness for the program. International students with degrees from non-US institutions are particularly encouraged to submit GRE scores to aid the committee in evaluating their application. 

If you decide to submit GRE scores, please have your official GRE scores sent by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the Jefferson College of Life Sciences (Institution code 2999, no department code needed). You should also self-report your scores as part of the online application.

English Language Proficiency

For more general information about applying to Thomas Jefferson University, visit the Admissions Office for Center City.

All international students and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency as one of the conditions for admission to Thomas Jefferson University. If your native language is not English, or you received your baccalaureate degree in a country where English is not the official language  (refer to comprehensive list of requirements by country), you must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores or fulfill one or more of the conditions necessary to waive the English language proficiency requirement. TOEFL or IELTS scores are valid for two years; scores older than two years will not be considered.

The TOEFL institution code is 2999

Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows:









IELTS: An overall score of at least 6.0

  • Report scores on the centralized application system (TJAPP), but request official scores to be sent to Thomas Jefferson University.
  • Scores sent to Thomas Jefferson University should be addressed to:

Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Admissions
130 S. 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107

TOEFL/IELTS requirement will be waived if you have:

Program Costs


Tuition for students entering in the 2018-2019 school year is $1,126 per credit.

Please visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Annual Fees

$534 IT and $384 Library, billed one-half in each Fall and Spring semester.