Online Master's in Crime Scene Investigation

Develop your Investigative Skills to Take the Next Step in your Career

From initial crime scene analysis to courtroom testimony, crime scene investigators play crucial roles in almost every step of a modern criminal investigation. Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies need qualified professionals to scientifically process evidence and help solve crimes. 鶹 Online’s Master of Science in Crime Scene Investigation prepares students to succeed in this field and advance in their investigative careers.

Designed to prepare students to identify, collect, analyze, and, eventually, report their findings in a courtroom setting, our online program trains students in the quality assurance, quality control, and safety requirements used in accredited forensic science laboratories. With coursework taught by accomplished faculty with expertise in the field, our program provides students with opportunities to develop and hone their investigative skills.


Flexible Schedule

Fully Accredited

Complete in two years or less*

36 Credits

100% Online

One-on-One Attention

In-Demand Career

*Note: A student’s completion time is dependent upon the number of existing credits they have and can transfer, the number of credits they choose to take each term, and the terms in which they enroll.

Gain Skills Employers Want

Graduates of our online Master’s in Crime Scene Investigation program will excel in key skills, including:

  • Processing forensic evidence and ethically report findings
  • 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 CSI Graduates

Graduates can purse diverse career paths, such as:

  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Crime Scene Photographer
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Evidence Technician
  • Fingerprint and DNA Specialist
  • Forensic Artist
  • Forensic Scientist

Earning a Master’s to Get the Job You Want

Erika Harden ’14 M’15 recognized that earning her Master’s Degree in Forensic Science represented her area of specialty and level of expertise, when applying for and securing a much sought after job in Crime Scene Investigation with the Baltimore City Police

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  • Completion of bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • 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 .
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
  • Personal statement.


$705.00 Per Credit / $2,115.00 Per Course (3 Credits), as of Fall 2023

  • 鶹 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.
  • 鶹 Online has simplified the cost of your online master’s degree by eliminating all fees. 
  • Financial aid packages are offered to those who qualify.


Students in the online Master’s in Crime Scene Investigation program can choose from a variety of courses including: 

  • Crime Scene Photography
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Pattern Analysis
  • Expert Witness Prep & Practice
  • The Crime Laboratory: Structure and Operations

Crime Scene Investigation Certificate Option

Stevenson offers a fully-online graduate Certificate for those interested in advancing their career in Crime Scene Investigation. 

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