Texas Tech University

Welcome to the graduate program in Forensic Science at Texas Tech! We are committed to excellence in teaching, nationally and internationally recognized research, and outstanding service to the university, profession and community. I think you'll find this an energized graduate program with approximately 30 graduate students. Over the past two years we have been working to increase our course offerings; we are very excited about our program's future! We have an excellent and helpful staff that are here to answer your questions and to assist you during your time at Texas Tech.  

As of September 2017, we are academically housed in the Department of Environmental Toxicology of the College of Arts and Sciences which enables our students to take full advantage of the resources provided by that department. Along with the resources provided by the main academic campus at Texas Tech, our program is uniquely supported by the Institute for Forensic Science, the School of Law and its library, the Health Sciences Center and its library, as well as the Institute of Environmental and Human Health and Department of Environmental Toxicology. Nowhere else can one find a forensic program with all of these resources and opportunities within a single campus. Please note that our program courses are located at multiple sites across the University, including some that are located off-campus.

I think you'll find that our faculty and students alike represent a broad range of interests (from toxicology to criminology). Dedicated to the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the forensic sciences, our faculty are experienced teachers, researchers, and professional leaders at the state, regional, national , and international levels. We take great pride in creating an environment conducive to learning, growth, and development for all of our students.

I encourage you to explore our website and familiarize yourself with what we have to offer.  

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, comments, or feedback. I look forward to meeting and working with you!


Megan A. Thoen, Ph.D.

Interim Program Director
Director of Forensic Mental Health Services
Research Assistant Professor


Institute for Forensic Science