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Forensic Studies

Dig into a career as a forensics specialist

Gain the skills needed to break into this in-demand career. 

  • Program Overview

    Government agencies and private sector firms are seeking qualified forensic experts.

    The cost of economic crime in the United States has grown to at least $200 billion annually. Accounting firms, law enforcement agencies, law firms,  and other organizations are increasingly incorporating forensic teams into their practices to combat these losses. Stevenson's M.S. in Forensic Studies has been designed to prepare forensic accountants, investigators, computer forensics specialists, and other highly-skilled professionals to fill this growing need.

    Overview

    Stevenson University's innovative, accelerated M.S. in Forensic Studies is designed for working adults as well as select Stevenson juniors and seniors who want to complete their degree quickly and expand their career horizons. With the cost of U.S. economic crime nearly doubling during the past decade, many organizations rely on forensic teams. The M.S. in Forensic Studies will prepare you to be a forensic specialist who can conduct investigations and examine evidence for the purpose of presenting your findings in criminal or civil law cases. Accomplished faculty with real-world experience and achievement ensure that you will be able to demonstrate technical and core competencies, critical thinking, and effectively communicate both orally and in writing. These marketable skills are in great demand by public and private sector employers and the justice system.

    The program offers six tracks of study: Accounting, Computer Forensics, Criminalistics, Interdisciplinary, Investigations, and Legal. You will select a track based on your education and experience, personal interests, and career aspirations. Most courses are offered on our Owings Mills campus but all courses can also be completed  online with the exception of a one-week residential summer mock trial if you decide not to take mock trial on campus at other times of the year. Courses are offered in two eight-week sessions in the fall and spring and one eight-week and one seven-week session in the summer with on-site courses, other than the mock trial, meeting just one evening per week. The program culminates in the rigorous and realistic Mock Trial Capstone, which meets two evenings per week for approximately 13 weeks or for one week during the summer for online students.

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  • Courses

    Courses

    Course Schedule 2014-15

    Download the PDF below to view the courses scheduled through fall 2015.

    Course Schedule

    Core Courses

    • FSCOR 601 Criminal Justice
    • FSCOR 606 Forensic Journal Research and Review
    • FSCOR 604 Evidence
    • FSCOR 702 Mock Trial Capstone

    Tracks

    Accounting Track

    The Accounting track is designed to prepare students to synthesize the accounting, auditing, computer, and investigative skills necessary to investigate and analyze financial evidence; to interpret and summarize their findings; and to communicate those findings in a courtroom setting. The fiscal challenges faced by both the private and the public sectors and the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act have created a need for forensic accountants in public accounting firms, businesses, government agencies, and other organizations to aid in fraud investigation and in fraud prevention. Graduates of this track will be prepared for these positions.

    Track-Specific Courses

    • 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 Track

    As computer technology becomes more complex, the ways to breach computer security also become more complex. Incidents of computer crime are increasing at alarming rates. The Computer Forensics track is designed to prepare students to identify, acquire, restore and analyze electronic data and to testify as experts in court. Further, as the use of digital evidence in litigation becomes more prevalent, students will be prepared to assist in litigation support services in the areas of electronic evidence.

    Track-Specific Courses

    • 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 Track

    Criminalistics is the science of associating and identifying evidence, interpreting the results of various scientific tests (e.g., ballistics, DNA, gunshot residue, etc.), and reconstructing crime scenes. The Criminalistics Track is 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.

    Track-Specific Courses

    • 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 Track

    The Interdisciplinary Track is designed for students who have interests that overlap two or more of the other program tracks. This track 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.

    This track may be appropriate for persons with general interests in multiple areas such as managerial or executive personnel who need a general understanding of a variety of forensic specialties which fall under their areas of responsibility.

    All students will be required to complete all core courses as well as  seven three-credit courses from the following:

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

    Investigations Track

    The Investigations Track provides the knowledge to plan and conduct 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.

    Track-Specific Courses

    • 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 Track

    The increases in fraud exposures, fraud investigations and prosecution of white collar crimes necessitate a demand for forensic legal professionals. The Legal Track will provide students with the necessary skills in the areas of fraud investigation, fraud prosecution and defense, and litigation support. Through courses emphasizing legal research and writing, interviewing and investigating skills, criminal evidence and procedure, and courtroom presentation skills, graduates will become valuable members of the forensic team. Graduates will find careers in the investigative, prosecutorial and criminal defense arenas.

    Track-Specific Courses

    • 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 baccalaureate degree 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 GPA in past academic work of no less than 3.0 on a four-point scale.
    • Writing sample - 250-350 words.

    Track-Specific Requirements

    Accounting

    • B.A. or B.S. in accounting
    Or
    • Completion of the following undergraduate accounting courses:
      • Intermediate Accounting I & II
      • Tax Accounting
      • Auditing

    Computer Forensics

    • B.A. or B.S. in information technology
    Or
    • Substantial experience working in the information technology field.

    Criminalistics

    • Two semesters of general chemistry at the undergraduate level
    • One semester of biology at the undergraduate level
  • 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): $645
    Fees: $125

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