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Online Master's in Forensic Science

Integrating Science & Law in the 21st Century

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

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  • Program Overview

    Stevenson University Online's Master of 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. Developed for working adults with a natural-science background, Stevenson University’s fully online program provides exceptional training that fits your lifestyle. A master’s in Forensic Science prepares graduates to become leaders in their field through tailored education in the sciences and gaining a thorough knowledge of law fundamentals.

    What to Expect from Our Forensic Science Master’s Program

    Within our Forensic Science graduate program, students will experience highly-specialized training in the sciences and a core of law courses. Through Stevenson University Online’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. Students will receive professional insights from leaders in the field to help prepare them to work as forensic specialists. With specific insights that come from known leaders, graduates from this program will be prepared to work as forensic specialists in this interdisciplinary and applied scientific field.

    Program Options

    Stevenson University Online strives to provide students the tools they need as they pursue their training while simultaneously managing a career. We provide choices within the program for students to fine-tune their education to their needs. Students have the opportunity to work onsite at crime laboratories and witness firsthand how evidence is received, analyzed by the appropriate forensic units, and then returned for storage in the Evidence Vault through the FSCI 655 Practicum Rotation course or they can opt for an online experience of learning the structure and operations of a modern-day crime laboratory facility by taking FSCI 675 The Crime Laboratory: Structure and Operations. Additionally, students can select from two concentrations of study based on their personal interests and career aspirations: Biology or Chemistry. 

    Biology

    Students will examine the science underlying DNA analysis and analyze serological evidence and immunological evidence. 

    Chemistry 

    Students will examine the science underlying chemical analysis and analyze chemical and trace evidence. Graduates will have the ability to describe the toxicology and analytical chemistry relevant to isolating and identifying drugs and toxic substances.

    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.

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  • Courses

    Courses

    Coursework in the Forensic Science graduate program can be completed fully online and is offered in 8-week sessions. The degree requires completion of 36-credit hours.

    Core Courses

    • FSCI 500 Survey of Forensic Science
    • FSCI 610 Physical Evidence at Crime Scenes
    • FSCI 615 Safety/Quality Control/Quality Assurance
    • FSCI 702 Seminar in Forensic Science 
    • FSCI 760 Research Project and Presentation 
    • FSCI 761 Research Project and Presentation II
    • FSCI 701 Trial Practice
    • FSCI 655 Practicum Rotations

    OR

    • FSCI 675 The Crime Laboratory: Structure and Operations 

    Concentration 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

    ​Elective Requirements

    Electives

    The master's in Forensic Science requires one elective. Students can choose from the following courses:

    • FSAAC 620 Forensic Information Technology 
    • FSCI 540 Crime Scene Photography 
    • FSCI 630 Crime Scene Investigation
    • FSCI 632 Pattern Analysis 
    • FSINV 600 Investigative Techniques/Interviewing 
    • FSINV 605 Investigative Techniques/Physical Evidence 
    • FSLAW 602 Criminology 
    • FSLAW 668 White Collar Crimes 
    • FSIS 664 Mobile Device Forensics 
  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    • Completed online application.
    • Completion of bachelor’s degree in a natural science field such as Biology or Chemistry 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.

    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

    All of the following courses are required; at least two of the courses should have a lab component:

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

    Chemistry

    All of the following courses are required; each should have a lab component:

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

    Faculty

    Maria Howell (2006)
    Assistant Professor of 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 of 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 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

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

  • Tuition

    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 41-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
    (41-Credit Hours)
    Forensic Science $670.00 $2,010.00 $27,470.00*

    *Does not include books.

  • FAQ

    My bachelor’s degree is in a non-science field such as Criminal Justice or Psychology. Am I eligible for admission to this program?

    Students are required to have an extensive background in the natural sciences such as Biology and Chemistry to qualify for the Forensic Science master's program. Unfortunately, students with bachelor's degrees in non-science fields are not be eligible for this program. However, they may qualify for our Crime Scene Investigation master’s program instead.

    I took several science courses in college, but I majored in another field or changed my major to something unrelated to the sciences. I have a passion for Forensic Science and want to work in this field. Am I eligible for admission to this program?

    Students who have completed all of the courses listed below at the undergraduate level, are eligible to apply for admission to the Forensic Science master’s program. These courses are also required for employment at most forensics laboratories.

    • 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)

    I am a high school student considering attending your university. Is this the right program for me?

    The Forensic Science program at Stevenson University Online is a master’s program intended for students who have earned a bachelor's degree. At this time, we do not offer Forensic Science as an undergraduate program. Please click here to view the available programs that students can choose from as an incoming freshman at Stevenson University.

    However, Stevenson does offer a unique 4+1 option in which students can complete both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a total of five years. Please contact Dr. Ellen Roskes at eroskes@stevenson.edu for additional information about the 4+1 option.

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