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Online Master's in Crime Scene Investigation

Serve Justice through Science

Learn how to collect and preserve crime scene evidence vital to bringing criminals to justice.
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  • Program Overview

    The media and popular culture have increased the awareness of forensic evidence among potential jurors to such an extreme that there is now an expectation that forensic evidence must contribute to all trials. Due to this culture shift, more forensic science technicians are needed to provide timely forensic information to law enforcement agencies and courts.

    Stevenson University Online's Master of Science in Crime Scene Investigation program will provide students with the skills to evaluate crime scenes and select the appropriate steps to be followed in documenting, collecting, preserving, and processing evidence. Our graduate program trains professionals to process forensic evidence and report their findings in an ethical manner for the purpose of effectively communicating those findings in a courtroom setting. Students will have the opportunity to formulate a hypothesis, design, and execute a research project to simulate real-world scenarios they will encounter in their future roles. Developed for working professionals, the Stevenson Crime Scene Investigation graduate program is offered fully online.

    Fast Career Growth Rate

    The U.S. Department of Labor reports that between 2014 and 2024 the number of crime scene investigation and forensic technician positions will grow by 26.6 percent, which is considered faster than average. In Maryland alone, the growth rate is projected to be 28 percent due, in part, to large federal agency presence in the State. The D.C. metropolitan area, including sections of Virginia and West Virginia, is set to grow at a rate of 22.8 percent. Professionals may face strong competition for positions in this field due to demand as well as the popular media’s portrayal of forensic science and crime scene investigation.

    Trial Practice

    A distinction of Stevenson University Online’s forensic programs, students are provided with real-world experience and training in investigation, evidence collection, and presenting forensic evidence in a courtroom setting. The Trial Practice course can be completed online and is also offered on campus in our state-of-the-art mock trial courtroom.

  • Courses


    Coursework in the Crime Scene Investigation graduate program is fully online and offered in 8-week sessions. The degree requires completion of 36-credit hours.

    • FSCI 500 Survey of Forensic Science
    • FSCI 540 Crime Scene Photography
    • FSCI 610 Physical Evidence & Crime Scene
    • FSCI 615 Safety/Quality Control/Quality Assurance
    • FSCI 630 Crime Scene Investigation
    • FSCI 632 Pattern Analysis
    • FSCI 701 Trial Practice
    • FSCI 702 Seminar in Forensic Science
    • FSCI 760 Research Project and Presentation I 
    • FSCI 761 Research Project and Presentation I 
    • One Forensic Studies or Forensic Science Elective 
    • FSCI 655 Practicum Rotations 


    • FSCI 675 The Crime Laboratory: Structure and Operations
  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    • Completed online application.
    • Completion of bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • At least two semesters of college science or permission from the Program Coordinator.
    • Official college transcripts from all previous academic work.
    • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
    • Personal statement.
  • Faculty


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

    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

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

    Steven O'Dell (2014)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Sciences
    B.S., Arizona State University
    M.S., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.B.A., University of Phoenix

    John "Jay" Tobin, Ph.D. (2003)
    Program Coordinator and Associate Professor, 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

    Carrie Wise (2011)
    Adjunct Instructor, Stevenson University Online
    B.S., M.S., Stevenson University

  • Tuition


    Established in 1947, Stevenson University has a long history of providing students an affordable, private education. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, in addition to a reduced-tuition rate through partnerships with community colleges, healthcare organizations, and other organizations and corporations. For a full list of Stevenson's partners, please visit our Partnerships page.

    The following reflects the total cost of a master’s degree if completing 36-credit hours. Students are eligible to transfer up to 6-credit hours from a 4-year institution if applicable. 

    Stevenson University Online has simplified the cost of your education by eliminating all fees.

    Master's Program Cost Per
    Credit Hour
    Cost Per Course
    (3-Credit Hours)
    Total Cost of Master's
    (36-Credit Hours)
    Crime Scene Investigation $670.00 $2,010.00 $24,120.00*

    *Does not include books.


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