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Master's in Forensic Science

Prepare for a Career as a Forensic Specialist

Learn advanced scientific methods in evidence collection vital to bringing criminals to justice.

  • Program Overview

    Stevenson University’s Master of Science in Forensic Science is designed for working professionals who want to learn the instrumentation, technology, and pertinent law used to collect evidence for presentation in a court of law.

    Students will experience highly specialized training in the sciences and a core of law courses. Through Stevenson University’s relationship with the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division, U.S. Secret Service Lab, and the Baltimore County Crime Lab, students will receive training from the top experts in the field. Graduates from this program will be prepared to work as forensic specialists in this interdisciplinary and applied scientific field.

    Students can select from three tracks of study based on their personal interests and career aspirations: Biology, Chemistry, or Crime Scene Investigation.

    The Mock Trial Capstone

    The Mock Trial Capstone provides students an opportunity to synthesize what they have learned in the classroom and apply their knowledge in a courtroom setting. The capstone course requires students to demonstrate their ability to analyze, interpret, evaluate, and present evidence in a courtroom setting. A distinction of Stevenson University’s forensics programs, the Mock Trial Capstone provides students with real-life experience as forensic specialists.

    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
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  • Courses

    Courses

    Course Schedule 2015-16

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

    Course Schedule

    Within the 41-42-credit-hour Forensic Science master's program the following is required:
    • Completion of the 10 core courses totaling 28 credits
    • Completion of four courses under an elected track
    • Thesis based on original research

    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 Criminal Justice
    • FSCOR 604 Evidence
    • FSCI 701 Mock Trial

    Track Requirements

    Biology 

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

    Chemistry 

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

    Crime Scene Investigation 

    • 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 bachelor’s degree in a natural science from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Official college transcripts from all previous academic work. 
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.

    Academic Prerequisites for All Tracks

    • Biology (with lab)
    • General Chemistry I & II (with lab)
    • Organic Chemistry I & II (with lab)
    • Physics I & II for science majors (with lab)
    • Calculus (3 credit hours)
    • Statistics (3 credit hours)

    Track-Specific Requirements

    Biology

    Two of the following courses should have a lab component:

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

    Chemistry

    All of the following courses should have a lab component:

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

    Faculty

    Full-Time

    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

    Adjunct

    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

    Tuition & Fees

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

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