Program Overview

The Master of Science in Forensic Studies program offered by Stevenson University is a mostly available online degree program. This program seeks to help students develop marketable skills sought after by public and private sector employers and the justice system. From technical and core competencies to critical thinking and effective communication, this program helps to teach students the foundational competencies of Forensic Studies. Students studying Forensic Studies learn how to be forensic specialists who can conduct investigations and examine evidence for so that they can present this evidence in front of criminal or civil law cases.

Six tracks of study available in this program include: Accounting, Criminalistics, Computer Forensics, Interdisciplinary, Investigations, and Legal Forensics. Based on personal interests and career aspirations, students can choose which track they want to follow.

Courses in the Master of Science program can be completed completely online or on-campus, with the exception of a one-week residency component for the summer mock trial. Courses include eight-week sessions, with on-site courses meeting just one evening per week, with the exception of the Mock Trial. Mock Trial meets twice per week for 13 weeks. All courses taken online require a pre-class assignment prior to the start of the eight-week session. The Master of Science in Forensic Studies program is a 36 credit hour program. All students must complete core courses. This is a total of five courses, which are 18 credits total, including a six credit capstone.

Students are also required to complete six other courses (18 credit hours) in their elected track. The following courses are the required core courses: Criminal Justice, Evidence, Forensic Journal Research and Review, and Mock Trial Capstone. Students may not take another course while taking the capstone. The students who participate primarily in online courses must be in-residence the entire week of the culminating mock trial. It is also important to note that if a student has one of the following certifications, it can count for up to six graduate credits for this program: Association of Certified Fraud Examiner (ACFE), Certified Computer Examiner (CCE), or Certified Financial Forensics (CFF).

There are some admissions requirements for the Master of Science in Forensic Studies program offered by Stevenson University. A prospective student must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. They must submit an official college transcript and have had a cumulative G.P.A. of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work. They must submit a personal statement and it is optional to submit a resume and/or a letter of recommendation. No standardized tests are required.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    Association of Fraud Examiners


    Students must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.


    Stevenson University’s online programs are not available to residents of Alabama, Minnesota, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

    Online programs are not available to residents of Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1947 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Baltimore County, Maryland, Villa Julie College began as a two-year institution. Throughout the twentieth century, the campus continued to expand and began offering four-year degrees in 1984. Soon after, the college offered evening and weekend programs for adult learners. At the turn of the twenty-first century, major changes came to Villa Julie. The college inaugurated a new president, added a second campus at Owing Mills, and changed their status to “university.” Along with the status change, the College decided to assume a new name and “Stevenson University” was born. Today, the private not-for-profit Stevenson University still maintains its two Maryland campuses, one in Stevenson and the other in Owings Mills.

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