• Program Overview

    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.

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    Certificate Option

    Stevenson also offers an 18-credit, online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation

  • 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 $556.00 $695.00
    Per Course (3-Credits) $1,668.00 $2,085.00
    • 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


    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

    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

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

  • Courses


    The Master of Science in Crime Scene Investigation is an online 36-credit hour program.

    • 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 702 Seminar in Forensic Science
    • FSCI 760 Research Project and Presentation I 
    • FSCI 761 Research Project and Presentation I 
    • FSCI 762 Expert Witness Prep & Practice
    • One Forensic Studies or Forensic Science Elective 
    • FSCI 655 Practicum Rotations 


    • FSCI 675 The Crime Laboratory: Structure and Operations