Build the Foundation for Your Forensics Career
Build on your existing knowledge and gain the new skills you need to begin a new career in the fast-growing field of forensics. Stevenson University Online’s Master of Forensic Science prepares professionals with a natural science background for new opportunities in forensics.
Students will develop the foundational knowledge to identify, collect, analyze, and, ultimately, report findings in a courtroom setting. The program includes specific training in the quality assurance, quality control, and safety procedures and requirements used in modern, accredited forensic science laboratories. With two concentrations—Forensic Biology and Forensic Chemistry—taught by accomplished faculty with expertise in the field, our program will open up new opportunities for your career.
Complete in as Few as 18 Months
Gain the Skills Employers Want
Graduates of our online Master’s in Forensic Science program will excel in key skills, including:
- Processing forensic evidence
- Reporting findings in an ethical manner
- Communicating findings in both written and oral formats
- Understanding and following the standards of accredited forensic science laboratories
- Applying quality assurance, quality control, and safety requirements
Top Careers for Forensic Science Graduates
Graduates from our forensic science program can pursue careers such as:
- Crime Laboratory Supervisor
- Crime Scene Investigator
- Forensic Chemist
- Forensic DNA Analyst
- Forensic Engineer
- Forensic Laboratory Director
- Forensic Latent Print Examiner
- Forensic Toxicologist
More Than $69,000
Average Annual Wage of Forensic Science Technicians in Maryland
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Masters in Forensic Science
Ikenna Ikpeama is a 2019 graduate of SUO’s Masters in Forensic Science program. He is currently working at the Maryland State Police Crime Lab. As a Crime Laboratory Technician, Ikenna says the most challenging part of his career is working in a place with a high crime rate but notes that this allows him to gain more experience.
- Completed online application.
- Completion of coursework and/or bachelor’s in a natural science field such as Biology or Chemistry, and/or completion of a bachelor’s degree with the appropriate prerequisite coursework from a regionally accredited institution.
- Completion of the following course prerequisites:
- General chemistry I and II and lab (8 credit hours)
- Organic chemistry I and II and lab (8 credit hours)
- Biology I and lab (4 credit hours)
- Calculus or statistics (3 – 4 credit hours)
- Physics I and II for science majors and lab (8 credit hours)
- Official college transcripts from all previous academic work. If the transcripts are from an institution located outside of the United States, students must submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation from an organization that is a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A member list is available on the NACES website.
- Cumulative and math/science GPA in past academic work of no less than 3.00 on a four-point scale.
- Personal statement.
$695.00 Per Credit / $2,085.00 Per Course (3 Credits), Spring – Summer 2023
$705.00 Per Credit / $2,115.00 Per Course (3 Credits), Fall 2023
- 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 online master’s degree by eliminating all fees.
- Financial aid packages are offered to those who qualify.
- Forensic Biology: The forensic biology concentration prepares students with a biology background to apply their skills and become leaders in the field of forensic science. After completing the program, graduates of this concentration will be able to examine the science underlying DNA analysis, describe how DNA is analyzed, analyze serological evidence, and analyze immunological evidence.
- Forensic Chemistry: The forensic chemistry concentration prepares students with a chemistry background to apply their skills and become leaders in the field of forensic science. After completing the program, graduates of this concentration will be able to examine and understand the science underlying chemical analysis, analyze chemical evidence, analyze trace evidence, and describe the toxicology and chemical analysis required to isolate and identify drugs and toxic substances.
- Physical Evidence at Crime Scenes
- Safety/Quality Control/Quality Assurance
- Serology & Immunology
- DNA Analysis
- Trace Evidence
- Crime Scene Investigation
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