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Master's in Forensic Studies

Become a Forensic Expert in your Field

Choose from six diverse forensic tracks based on your interests.

  • Program Overview

    Stevenson University’s Master of Science in Forensic Studies is designed for working adults who want to be forensic experts in a specialized field. These specialized fields can include forensic accounting, investigations, computer forensics, or other highly-sought after professions that are called upon to combat white-collar crime.

    Graduates from this master's program will be prepared to conduct investigations and examine evidence for the purpose of presenting their findings in legal proceedings as forensic experts.

    Students can select from six tracks of study based on their personal interests and career aspirations:

    Accounting

    Designed to prepare students to synthesize the accounting, auditing, computer, and investigative skills necessary to investigate and analyze financial evidence as well as communicate those findings in a courtroom setting.

    Computer Forensics

    Prepares students to identify, acquire, restore and analyze electronic data and to testify as experts in court. Additionally, students will be prepared to assist in litigation support services in the areas of electronic evidence.

    Criminalistics 

    Designed to help students acquire the skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary to evaluate the results reached by criminalists in the performance of their duties, and to apply those results at trial and other legal proceedings.

    Interdisciplinary

    Enables students who are interested in careers that require general knowledge of accounting, information technology, law, and investigations to take appropriate courses in two or more of these areas.

    Investigations

    Courses emphasize the gathering and reporting of testimonial and physical evidence and prepare students to conduct investigations by interviewing witnesses, analyzing documents, and synthesizing the results into factually accurate and objective investigative reports and court testimony.

    Legal

    Provides the necessary skills in the areas of fraud investigation, fraud prosecution and defense, and litigation support. Courses emphasize legal research and writing, interviewing and investigating skills, criminal evidence and procedure, and courtroom presentation skills. 

    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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  • Courses

    Courses

    Course Schedule 2015-16

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

    Course Schedule

    Core Courses

    The Forensic Studies program is a 36-credit-hour master's program. All coursework can be completed entirely online with the exception of FSCOR 702 Mock Trial Capstone.Completion of four core courses and a six-credit capstone (15 credits). Completion of seven courses under their elected track (21 credits).
    • FSCOR 601 Foundations of Criminal Justice
    • FSCOR 604 Evidence
    • FSCOR 606 Forensic Journal Research and Review
    • FSCOR 702 Mock Trial Capstone

    The Mock Trial Capstone

    The Mock Trial Capstone is the culmination for the Forensic Studies master’s program. A distinction of Stevenson University’s forensics programs, the capstone provides students with real-world experience and training in fraud investigation, evidence collection, and presenting forensic evidence in a courtroom setting. The majority of the course work is student-centered and primarily student-directed with guidance from the instructors. The capstone can be completed either online, involving a one week on-campus residency, or can be taken entirely on-campus in a 16-week format.

    Track Requirements

    Accounting 

    • FSAAC 620 Forensic Information Technology
    • FSAAC 622 Advanced Accounting Information Systems
    • FSAAC 624 Fraud: Accounting
    • FSAAC 626 Investigation and Analysis: Auditing
    • FSAAC 628 Investigation and Analysis: Tax
    • FSLAW 668 White Collar Crimes
    • One Forensic Studies Elective

    Computer Forensics 

    • FSIS 640 Technology Law and Enforcement Activities
    • FSIS 642 File Systems Forensic Analysis
    • FSIS 643 Incident Response and Evidence Collection
    • FSIS 644 Windows Forensic Examinations
    • Two of the following Electives:
      • FSIS 646 Windows Intrusion Forensic Investigations
      • FSIS 650 Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Firewalls, Auditing
      • FSIS 662 Network Penetration Testing
      • FSIS 663 Network and Cloud Forensics
      • FSIS 664 Mobile Device Forensics
    • One Forensic Studies Elective

    Criminalistics 

    • FSCI 500 Survey of Forensic Science
    • FSINV 600 Investigative Techniques/Interviewing
    • FSCI 610 Physical Evidence & Crime Scene
    • FSCI 615 Safety/Quality Control/Quality Assurance
    • FSCI 632 Pattern Analysis
    • ART 540 Forensic Photography
    • FSCI 720 Seminar in Forensic Science I
    • One Forensic Studies Elective

    Interdisciplinary 

    • FSCI500 Survey of Forensic Science
    • FSCI610 Physical Evidence at Crime Scenes
    • ART540 Crime Scene Photography
    • Four Foresnic Studies Electives
    OR
    • FSINV600 Investigative Techniques: Interviewing
    • FSINV605 Investigative Techniques: Physical Evidence
    • Five Foresnsic Studies Electives

    Investigations 

    • FSLAW 602 Criminology
    • FSAAC 620 Forensic Information Technology
    • FSLAW 662 Fraud Investigation and Analysis
    • FSINV 600 Investigative Techniques/Interviewing
    • FSINV 605 Investigative Techniques/Physical Evidence
    • FSLAW 668 White Collar Crime
    • One Forensic Studies Elective

    Legal 

    • FSLAW 602 Criminology
    • FSAAC 620 Forensic Information Technology OR FSIS 640 Technology Law and Enforcement Activities
    • FSLAW 662 Fraud Investigation and Analysis
    • FSLAW 667 Legal Research & Writing
    • FSLAW 668 White Collar Crimes
    • Two Forensic Studies Electives
  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    • Completed online application.
    • Completion of bachelor’s degree 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.
    • Personal statement: 250-350 words.
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Full-time

    Thomas D. Coogan (1988)
    Department Chair and Professor of Forensic Studies
    B.A., Hamilton College
    M.A., Antioch College
    J.D., Antioch School of Law

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

    Carolyn H. Johnson (1998)
    Professor of Forensic Studies
    B.A., Dickinson College
    J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

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

    Adjunct

    Jeanne M. Corbley (2005)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., Villa Julie College

    Emmet Davitt (2005)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.A., University of Virginia
    J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    William E. Folson (2006)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., M.S., University of Maryland University College

    Michael J. Gaffney (2007)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.A., Loyola University of Maryland
    J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    John Grimes (2013)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.A., Notre Dame of Maryland University
    M.S., Stevenson University

    Barry M. Grzechowiak (2012)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.A, University of Maryland, Baltimore
    M.S., Stevenson University

    Adam Lippe (2007)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.A., The Johns Hopkins University
    J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Nicholas Marrocco (2004)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.A., M.S., Loyola University of Maryland

    Colin A. May (2010)
    Adjunct Instructor, Criminal Justice
    B.S., Siena College
    M.S., Stevenson University

    Gerald L. Maye (2007)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.A., University of Alabama
    M.P.P.M., Birmingham Southern College

    Jason D. Medinger (2011)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies and Law
    B.A., University of Notre Dame
    J.D., Emory University

    John J. O'Neill (1976)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies and Information Systems
    B.S., M.B.A., Loyola College of Maryland
    M.S., Villa Julie College

    Stephen W. Oliner (2004)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., University of Maryland, College Park

    Kevin R. Rivera (2009)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., Park University
    M.S., Norwich University

    Michael K. Robinson (2009)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies and Program Coordinator, Cyber Forensics
    B.S., Drexel University
    M.S., University of Maryland University College
    M.S., Stevenson University

    Laurie Rubin
    Adjunct Instructor of Forensic Studies
    B.S., Towson University
    M.S., Stevenson University

    Marie Sennett
    Adjunct Professor of Forensic Studies
    B.S.W., Kean College
    J.D., Temple Law School

    Jennifer Schneider (2011)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., M.S., Stevenson University

    Ronald L. Shaffer, Jr. (2007)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., Strayer University
    M.S., Capitol College

    Richard Stone (2004)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., Syracuse University
    J.D., Brooklyn Law School

    Karla W. Talleur (2009)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    M.S., Mount Union College
    J.D., Catholic University

    Thomas J. Talleur (2008)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    Graduate of United States Naval War College
    B.A., State University College, Geneseo, NY

    Brian S. Tanen (2008)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County
    B.A., Ner Israel College
    M.S., Villa Julie College

    Jesse Varsalone (2012)
    Adjunct Instructor of Forensic Studies
    B.A., George Mason University
    M.A., University of South Florida

    Richard K. West (2009)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., Lawrence University
    J.D., Northwestern University

    Jason Zeiler (2010)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., Excelsior College
    M.S., Troy University
    M.S., Stevenson University

    Joyce A. Zerhusen (2004)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., Villa Julie College
    M.S., University of Baltimore

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees

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

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