• Program Overview

    Program Overview

    Justice assumes many forms. To carry it out through legal proceedings in our court system often requires highly-specialized knowledge. Obtaining a master’s degree in Forensic Studies can provide professionals with the opportunity to apply specialized knowledge to the criminal justice system, opening new career prospects in a field where their skills will be in high demand. New professional auditing standards as well as the heightened need to protect the integrity of financial systems has resulted in an urgent demand for professionals who can detect and prevent fraud. Additionally, as technology evolves and digital crimes escalate at an alarming rate, so does the need for professionals who can execute forensic investigations.

    Stevenson University Online’s Master of Science in Forensic Studies program is designed to prepare professionals to conduct investigations and examine evidence for the purpose of presenting their findings in legal proceedings as experts in forensic accounting or digital forensics. With Stevenson University’s experienced faculty and flexible courses, graduates from our online master's in Forensic Studies program will be fully prepared for a career in forensics. Developed for working professionals, our Forensic Studies graduate program is offered fully online.

    Career Opportunities in Forensic Studies

    Stevenson’s Master of Science in Forensic Studies offers a unique blend of coursework in a variety of in-demand fields in the 21st century. The program is designed for students whose career goals overlap in two or more areas within forensics or who wish to develop general knowledge in forensic accounting, information technology, and investigations. The Forensic Studies program is also appropriate for managerial or executive personnel who need a general understanding of a variety of forensic specialties which fall under their areas of responsibility. The broad-based knowledge obtained in the MS in Forensic Studies program prepares students for careers in forensic accounting, digital investigation, and other areas requiring forensic expertise.

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    The Mock Trial Capstone

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

  • Admissions / Tuition

    Admissions / Tuition

    • Completed online application.
    • Completion of bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Official college transcript from your degree-granting institution; additional transcripts may be required to demonstrate satisfaction of program-specific prerequisites or at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
    • Personal statement.
    Tuition Rate Partnership Standard
    Per Credit $536.00 $670.00
    Per Course (3-Credits) $1,608.00 $2,010.00
    • Stevenson University offers a partnership tuition rate through our relationships with local community colleges, hospitals, and organizations. A full list of our partners can be found here.
    • Stevenson University Online has simplified the cost of your education by eliminating all fees. 
    • Financial aid packages are offered to those who qualify.
    • Students are eligible to transfer up to 6-credit hours from a 4-year institution if applicable. 
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    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

    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, CFE (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

    Maria Howell (2006)
    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

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

    Colin A. May, CFE (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, CPA (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

    Laurie Rubin (2013)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., Towson University
    M.S., Stevenson University

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

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

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

    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, CFE (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, 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

  • Courses

    Courses

    The Master of Science in Forensic Studies is an online 36-credit hour program.

    • FSCOR 601 Foundations of Justice
    • FSCOR 604 Evidence
    • FSCOR 606 Forensic Journal Research and Review
    • FSINV 600 Investigative Techniques/Interviewing 
    • FSINV 605 Investigative Techniques/Physical Evidence 
    • FSCOR 702 Mock Trial Capstone

    Elective Requirements

    The master's in Forensic Studies requires five electives. Students must choose either two Forensic Accounting and three Digital Forensic electives or three Forensic Accounting and two Digital Forensic electives from the following courses:

    • FSAAC 620 Forensic Information Technology
    • FSAAC 624 Fraud: Accounting
    • FSAAC 626 Investigation and Analysis: Auditing
    • FSAAC 628 Investigation and Analysis: Tax
    • FSIS 642 File Systems Forensic Analysis
    • FSIS 643 Incident Response and Evidence Collection
    • FSIS 644 Windows Forensic Examinations
    • 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  
    • FSLAW 668 White Collar Crimes