• Program Overview

    Explore Our Forensic Science Master's Program

    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.

    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 of 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.

    Careers for Forensic Science Graduates

    • Forensic Chemist
    • Forensic DNA Analyst
    • Forensic Toxicologist
    • Forensic Latent Print Examiner
    • Crime Scene Investigator

    Some of the Courses You Could Take

    • FSCI 610 Physical Evidence at Crime Scenes
    • FSCI 615 Safety/Quality Control/Quality Assurance
    • FSCI 640 Serology & Immunology
    • FSCI 645 DNA Analysis
    • FSCI 617 Trace Evidence
    • FSCI 670 Toxicology
    • FSCI 630 Crime Scene Investigation
  • Admissions / Tuition

    Admissions / Tuition

    • 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 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.

    Academic Prerequisites for Admission

    • Biology (with lab)
    • General Chemistry I & II (with lab)
    • Organic Chemistry I & II (with lab)
    • Physics I & II for science majors (with lab)
    • Statistics (3 credit hours) OR Calculus (3 credit hours)

    Students seeking forensic laboratory positions within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or a state-specific crime lab should note that academic and professional qualifications may vary by state or organization of employment. Please contact your Stevenson University Online Enrollment Counselor to further discuss your qualifications for admission to our Master of Forensic Science program.
     

    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.