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Forensic Science

Forensic Science + Career

Work as a specialist in this interdisciplinary and applied scientific field.

  • Program Overview

    Play a crucial role in the justice system.

    Advances in instrumentation and technology have opened up new approaches to solving crime, and the need for individuals trained in both science and the law is growing. Stevenson's Master of Science in Forensic Science can teach you what you need to know to begin working as a specialist in solving crimes.


    Stevenson University's innovative, accelerated M.S. in Forensic Science is designed to prepare individuals to work as specialists in this interdisciplinary and applied scientific field. The program offers highly specialized training in the sciences and a core of law courses, requires a thesis based on original research, and offers three tracks of study: Biology, Chemistry, and Crime Scene Investigation. Courses are offered in a combination of traditional and online formats.

    Through Stevenson's partnership with the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division and the Baltimore County Crime Lab, students in this program are being trained by some of the top experts in the field. Graduates of the program will be prepared for employment in local, state, or federal government crime laboratories, forensics laboratories, DNA testing facilities, the biotechnology industry, and/or continued study at the doctoral level.

    Stevenson University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Universities.

    Center for Forensic Excellence

    Stevenson University has established a Center for Forensic Excellence to promote collaboration and innovation in the Maryland forensics community. The Center will provide continuing professional education for career development, conduct and publish scholarly and applied research, and hold events for forensics professionals.

    For more information, contact Thomas Coogan, Associate Dean of Forensics and Director of Center for Forensic Excellence, at or call 443-352-4075.

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    2015 Forensic Journal, Volume 6
    2015 Forensics Journal, Volume 6
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  • Courses


    Course Schedule 2015-16

    Download the PDF below to view the courses scheduled through fall 2016.

    Course Schedule

    The curriculum for the forensic sciences program follows and is designed to be completed in as few as two years. Students must complete all core courses. In addition, students must elect a track and complete all courses in the selected track.

    Core Courses

    • FSCI 500 Survey of Forensic Science
    • FSCI 610 Physical Evidence at Crime Scenes
    • FSCI 615 Safety/Quality Control/Quality Assurance
    • FSCI 655 Practicum Rotations
    • FSCI 720 Seminar in Forensic Science I
    • FSCI 721 Seminar in Forensic Science II
    • FSCI 760 Research Project & Presentation I
    • FSCI 761 Research Project & Presentation II
    • FSCOR 601 Foundations of Justice
    • FSCOR 604 Evidence
    • FSCI 701 Mock Trial


    Biology Track

    Track-Specific Courses

    • FSCI 640 Serology & Immunology
    • FSCI 645 DNA Analysis
    • FSCI 660 Forensic DNA Computer Applications
    • FSCI/FS Forensic Science or Forensic Studies Elective

    Chemistry Track

    Track-Specific Courses

    • FSCI 617 Trace Evidence
    • FSCI 620 Drug Analysis
    • FSCI 670 Toxicology
    • FSCI/FS Forensic Science or Forensic Studies Elective

    Crime Scene Investigation Track

    Track-Specific Courses

    • FSCI 630 Crime Scene Investigation
    • FSCI 632 Pattern Analysis
    • ART 540 Crime Scene Photography
    • FSCI/FS Forensic Science or Forensic Studies Elective
  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    • Completed online application.
    • Completion of baccalaureate degree in degree in chemistry, biology, or other equivalent natural science, or forensic science from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Official transcripts from each college or university attended. If the transcripts are from an institution located outside of the United States, they will need to be evaluated by either WES or AACRAO.
    • Cumulative and math/science GPA in past academic work of no less than 3.0 on a four-point scale.
    • Completion of the following course prerequisites:
      • General chemistry I and II and lab (8 credit hours)
      • Organic chemistry I and II and lab (8 credit hours)
      • Biology I (4 credit hours)
      • Physics I and II and lab (8 credit hours)
      • Calculus (3 credit hours)
      • Statistics (3 credit hours)

    Track-Specific Requirements


    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular biology
    • Genetics
    • Population statistics
    • Cell Biology
    • Microbiology

    Note: The above courses should have a laboratory component.


    • Analytical/Quantitative chemistry
    • Instrumental Analysis
    • Physical chemistry
    • Inorganic chemistry

    Note: The above courses should have a laboratory component.

  • Faculty



    John "Jay" Tobin, Ph.D. (2003)
    Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Forensic Science
    A.A., Hartford Community College
    B.S., University of Maryland, College Park
    M.S.F.S, George Washington University
    Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Maria Howell (2006)
    Assistant Professor of Forensic Studies
    B.A., The Johns Hopkins University
    J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Susan A. Schenning (2005)
    Adjunct Professor of Forensic Studies
    B.A., College of Notre Dame of Maryland
    J.D., University of Baltimore


    Damon L. Burman (2007)
    Adjunct Professor of Forensic Science
    B.S., West Virginia Wesleyan College
    M.F.S., The George Washington University

    Dr. Jason Koloski, Ph.D. (2013)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Science
    B.A., Cornell College; M.S., John Jay College of Criminal Justice;
    M.P.H., City University of New York;
    Ph.D., City University of New York

    Dr. Barry Levine, Ph.D. (2013)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Science
    Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Irvin B. Litofsky (2005)
    Adjunct Professor of Forensic Science
    B.A., The Johns Hopkins University
    M.S.F.S., George Washington University

    Brian Miller (2009)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
    M.S., Stevenson University

    Carrie Wise (2011)
    Adjunct Instructor, Graduate & Professional Studies
    B.S., M.S., Stevenson University

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tution & Fees

    Part-time tuition (per credit): $670
    Fees (per semester): $125

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