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10 Best Online Master’s in Forensic Science Degree Programs

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by Marisa Enzinna / published 12.10.2019 / updated 1.14.2020

Best Online Master's in Forensic Science Degree Programs
Best Online Master's in Forensic Science Degree Programs

Successful Student has ranked the 10 Best Online Master’s in Forensic Science Degree Programs in the United States. Successful Student ranks schools for the benefit of students, to give a road map of the best schools for online Master’s degrees in Forensic Science.

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An online Forensic Science degree prepares one to work in settings such as crime labs, medical examiner’s laboratories, government agencies, hospitals, police departments, private laboratories and others.

Traditionally, most Forensic Scientists begin with obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science, or, alternatively, a natural, biological or physical science. Forensic Scientists need a thorough understanding of fundamental scientific principles (since Forensics is a scientific discipline). Bachelor’s degrees provide this foundation. These Master’s degree programs should prepare students for the professional world of Forensic Science careers.

Forensic Science disciplines according to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences:

  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Forensic Criminalistics
  • Forensic Digital and Multimedia Sciences
  • Forensic Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Forensic Jurisprudence
  • Forensic Odontology
  • Forensic Pathology/Biology
  • Forensic Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
  • Questioned Documents
  • General
  • Forensic Toxicology

Certain leadership positions in crime laboratories often require an advanced degree in Forensic Science. At the end of the ranking there are schools that offer related online degrees in Forensic Science, such as certificates, that are worth exploring.

Forensic Science Degree and Career Information

Best Online Master’s in Forensic Science Degree Programs Ranking Guidelines


10 Best Online Master’s in Forensic Science Degree Programs: School List


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Florida International University

School of Integrated Science and Humanity, International Forensic Research Institute
Miami, FL

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School Type:
Public University

Number of Online Programs:
80+

Types of Online Programs:
Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Graduate Certificate

Degree Information:
Online Professional Science Master's in Forensic Science degree

The International Forensic Research Institute has a dedication to bring scientific research, education and technology to the forefront in the study of forensic science. Faculty experts work with a range of partners to perform research and provide forensic expertise.

Florida International University includes the Center for the Administration of Justice, and the Global Forensic and Justice Center, and the University serves as a member of the Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science. The Florida International University team includes the National Forensic Science Technology Center.

The Professional Science Master in Forensic Science online degree provides a curriculum in forensic science with coursework in management designed to provide professional development opportunities.

The students have access to laboratory instrumentation and research facilities via their participation in hands-on workshops. The program’s final project is a “real-world” internship in a private-sector or public-sector forensic science enterprise.

Students in the Professional Master in Forensic Science online degree program develop professional skills in areas such as expert testimony, communication, forensic science, leadership, business and management.

Credit requirements: 32 credit hours

Selection of required courses:

  • Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Biology
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry and Analysis of Drugs
  • Organization Information Systems
  • Forensic Science Leadership
  • Intermediate Statistics
  • Accounting for Managers

Learning enrollment options: Full-time

Program length: Four Semesters (fall, spring, summer, and fall)

Start dates: Students may apply for admission for Fall Semesters only.

Admissions and transfer credit information:
In order to apply, applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in some form of a natural science or science education and hold a G.P.A. of 3.0 or greater from an accredited college or university.

The online applications require official transcripts. Admissions also require two letters of recommendation and a letter of intent entailing the applicant’s interest in the program and their future career goals.

Accreditation: The Master of Science in Forensic Science degree has accreditation from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and the Forensic Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Students:
SAT or ACT requirement: Yes
Total transfer credit accepted: 60+
Minimum GPA of transfer credit: 2.0

Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:
GRE or GMAT requirement: Varies by department


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Oklahoma State University

Center for Health Sciences, School of Forensic Sciences
Stillwater, Oklahoma

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School Type:
Public

Number of Online Programs:
126

Types of Online Programs:
Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorates, Graduate Certificates

Degree Information:
Online Master’s in Forensic Science degree

Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences emphasizes graduate and professional degrees for more than 1,000 enrolled students.

The online Master’s in Forensic Sciences degree provides multiple online paths of study.

The School provides an online track emphasis in the following areas: Arson, Explosives, Firearms and Toolmarks Investigation, Forensic Investigative Sciences, and Forensic Science Administration.

Credit requirements: 39 credit hours

Selection of required courses:

  • Survey of Forensic Sciences
  • Ethical Research and Scientific Writing
  • Quality Assurance in Forensic Science
  • Criminalistics and Evidence Analysis
  • The Law and Expert Evidence
  • Forensic Statistics

Learning enrollment options: Part-time or full-time

Program length: Three to four years

Start dates: Fall and spring

Admissions and transfer credit information: Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree. For the AEFTI and FSA tracks, applicants must meet a minimum of one-year professional experience. Applicants must submit official transcripts for evaluation. The admissions team requires three letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, and a statement of purpose detailing academic and professional goals.

Accreditation: OSU’s Master of Science in Forensic Sciences degree has accreditation from the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).


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Penn State World Campus
Centre County, PA

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School Type:
Public University

Number of Online Programs:
150+

Types of Online Programs:
Undergraduate Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, and Graduate Certificate

Degree Information:
Online Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security degree with an Information Security and Forensics option

Penn State World Campus, the online division of Penn State University, offers numerous undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security recognizes Penn State as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

The School recommends the online Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security with an Information Security and Forensics option for computer and information systems specialists who seek to advance in their career or desire to move into the government or private sector of homeland security.

The curriculum covers information security and assurance, cyber and network security, cyber threat defense and forensics, security policy development, security audit and compliance, emergency management across multiple venues, and much more.

Credit requirements: 33 credit hours

  • Selection of required courses:
  • Policies and Programs
  • Social and Ethical Issues
  • Violence, Threats, Terror, and Insurgency
  • Computer and Cyber Forensics
  • Information Security Management
  • Network Management and Security
  • Foundations of Information Security and Assurance

Students complete the program with a capstone research project

Program length: One to two years

Start dates: fall and spring

Admissions and transfer credit information:

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in a technical or scientific discipline or must have experience gained through the workforce or profession training in regards to information technologies.

Applicants must submit official transcripts displaying a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements must submit standardized testing scores. The Admissions team also looks for three letter of reference and a professional resume.
Accreditation: Penn State World Campus received accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Students:
SAT or ACT requirement: Yes
Minimum GPA requirement: 2.0
Total transfer credit accepted: Must have a minimum of 12 transferable credits
Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:
The average graduate school applicant has a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5.
GRE or GMAT requirement: Yes, for most programs


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University of Central Florida

College of Sciences, UCF Online
Orlando, FL

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School Type:
Public University

Number of Online Programs:
80+

Types of Online Programs:
Bachelor, Master, Graduate Certificate, Doctorate

Degree Information:
Online Master of Science in Forensic Science program

The University of Central Florida’s online division offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate level degrees.

The online Master in Forensic Science program is available, but not limited to, full-time students and current practicing professionals who seek to further their education in forensic science. The online degree includes three paths of study: Forensic Analysis, Forensic Biochemistry, and Forensic Professional.

Credit requirements: 32-34 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Selection of required courses:

  • Topics in Forensic Science
  • The Forensic Expert in the Courtroom
  • Quality Assurance for Forensic Scientists

Students seeking to fulfill a masters in Forensic Biochemistry and Forensic Analysis degree, must perform original research and defend their own written thesis. A Master’s in Forensic Professional does not require a written thesis, however it does require considerable coursework and an independent study capstone project.

Learning enrollment options: Full-Time and part-time

Program length: Two years (full-time)

Start dates: Fall (Two application opportunities- Fall Priority: Jan 15 or Fall: Mar 1)

Admissions and transfer credit information: Students with undergraduate degrees in forensic science, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and biology are encouraged to apply. Admissions team requires GRE and bachelor’s degree prior to admissions.

Applicants must also send all official transcripts from accredited institutions.

Admissions accepts up to six credit hours for transfer applicants if credits are from an accredited institution.

Accreditation: The University of Central Florida has accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Students:
SAT or ACT requirement: Yes
Minimum GPA requirement: 2.5
Total transfer credit accepted: 60+
Minimum GPA of transfer credit: 2.0
Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:
The University does accept graduate transfer credit.
GRE or GMAT requirement: Yes, for most programs


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University of Florida

College of Pharmacy
Gainesville, FL

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School Type:
Public University

Number of Online Programs:
185+

Types of Online Programs:
Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Specialist, Certificates

Degree Information:
Online Master’s degree in Forensic Science

University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy is the oldest division in the UF Health Science Center, managing five academic departments and five centers of research and collaboration. The College offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees to a diverse student body.

The Master’s in Forensic Science online degree specializes in four different sectors of forensic studies: Forensic Science, Forensic DNA and Serology, Forensic Drug Chemistry, and Forensic Toxicology.

The curriculum provides a comprehensive foundation in knowledge and skills directly applicable to the work field.

Credit requirements: 32 credits

Selection of required courses:

  • Biological Evidence and Serology
  • Natural Medicinal Products
  • Forensic Analysis of DNA
  • Toxic Substances

Online instruction style: Asynchronous

Learning enrollment options: Full-time or part-time

Program length: Two-three years, students have up to seven years to complete all requirements

Start dates: fall, spring, and summer

Admissions and transfer credit information: Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in some form of science from an accredited college or university. The University of Florida, College of Pharmacy requires a GPA of 3.0 or greater, Verbal GRE score of 153 or greater, and a quantitative GRE score of 144 or greater.

Accreditation: The University of Florida received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Students:
SAT or ACT requirement: Yes
Minimum GPA requirement:
Total transfer credit accepted: 60+
Minimum GPA of transfer credit: 2.0

Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:
GRE or GMAT requirement: Yes


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La Salle University

School of Arts and Sciences
Philadelphia, PA

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School Type:
Private, Roman Catholic

Number of Online Programs:
30+

Types of Online Programs:
Bachelor's, Master's, Certificates

Degree Information:
Online Master of Science in Economic Crime Forensics

La Salle University, a private, Roman Catholic university, provides traditional, online, and hybrid courses and programs. The University has an affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church through the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The online Master’s in Economic Crime Forensics program emphasizes areas such as economic crime definition/analysis/prevention, legal/corporate compliance/ethical issues, economic risk analysis/mitigation, and investigative practices/principles/prosecution.

Credit requirements: 36 to 39

Selection of required courses:

  • Fraud Examination: Principles and Practice
  • Computer and Internet Fraud
  • Corporate Ethics and Compliance
  • Criminal Justice and Legal Concepts
  • Litigation Support Practices and Procedures
  • Financial Fraud
  • Occupational Fraud
  • Information Security
  • Leadership Assessment and Evaluation
  • Fraud Detection and Prevention: Special Cases
  • Capstone Thesis

Online instruction style: Synchronous

Learning enrollment options: Full-time or part-time

Program length: 12 to 14 three credit courses

Start dates: fall, spring, summer

Admissions and transfer credit information: Admissions requires a completed application form including an official transcript from all previous accredited colleges and universities. Candidates must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and or university with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Admissions also requires a professional resume and two letters of recommendation from professors at the college level. If an applicant has been “out of school” for two or more years, the University accepts letters of recommendation from current or previous supervisors at the applicant’s place of professional employment(s).

Accreditation: La Salle University has accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

 


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Emporia State University

Department of Physical Sciences
Emporia, Kansas

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School Type:
Public

Number of Online Programs:
80+

Types of Online Programs:
Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorates, Certificates

Degree Information:
Online Master of Science in Forensic Science degree

The Department of Physical Sciences provides baccalaureate degrees and graduate degrees as well as pre-professional programs and certificate programs.

The School created the Master of Science in Forensic Science program with input from crime lab directors across the Midwest.
Students obtain experience in an array of analytical techniques in forensic biology, forensic chemistry, trace evidence, and toxicology. They learn to effectively communicate their findings to a wide array of audiences
Credit requirements: 40 hours

Selection of courses:

  • Biological & Physical Evidence
  • Molecular Techniques for Forensic Scientists
  • Forensic Science Seminar
  • Criminalistics (and Laboratory)
  • Toxicology

Admissions and transfer credit information: Candidates need a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Candidates must complete an Emporia State graduate application and an MSFS application.

Candidates must provide three letters of reference and official transcripts of all undergraduate coursework or any graduate courses they have taken.

The Higher Learning Commission provides Emporia State University with accreditation.


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Saint Leo University

College of Education & Social Services
Saint Leo, FL

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School Type:
Private, Roman Catholic

Number of Online Programs:
180+

Types of Online Programs:
Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorates, Certificates

Degree Information:
Online Forensic Science degree (M.S.)

The College of Education & Social Services combines a liberal arts tradition with highly specialized training in the education and social service fields.
The Master of Science in Forensic Science online program at Saint Leo University covers areas such as ethical and legal issues in criminal justice administration, hostage negations, terrorism, personal law, and many more. The curriculum requires students to complete five courses in criminal justice, four courses in forensic science, and two electives.

Credit requirements: 36 credits

Selection of required courses:

  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Legal Issues in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Public Policy Making in Criminal Justice
  • Leadership Applications in Criminal Justice
  • Applied Project in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Advanced Forensic Science
  • Forensic and Medico-legal Death Investigation
  • Crime Scene Investigation and Management
  • Two Elective Courses

Learning enrollment options: Full-time or part-time

Program length: Two to three years

Start dates: fall, spring, and summer

Admissions and transfer credit information: Applicants must have some form of a science Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University or College. Applicants must submit all prior official transcripts from all Universities or Colleges attended, and must have earned a 3.0 or greater.

Accreditation: Saint Leo University Online received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


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Stevenson University
Stevenson, Maryland, and Owings Mills, Maryland

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School Type:
Private

Number of Online Programs:
40+

Types of Online Programs:
Bachelor's, Master's, Certificates

Degree Information:
Online Master of Science in Forensic Studies

Stevenson University, a private university, provides undergraduate and graduate students a career-focused education.

The online Master of Science in Forensic Studies program prepares students to perform investigations and evaluate evidence to provide their findings in legal proceedings as experts in forensic accounting or digital forensics.

Credit requirements: 36

Selection of required courses:

  • Foundations of Justice
  • Evidence
  • Forensic Journal Research and Review
  • Investigative Techniques/Interviewing
  • Investigative Techniques/Physical Evidence
  • Mock Trial Capstone
  • Five Elective Courses

Learning enrollment options: Full-time or part-time

Program length: On average, students finish in two to three semesters

Start dates: summer, fall, and spring (actual dates vary by course)

Admissions and transfer credit information:
Candidates must complete the online application form and provide official transcript(s) from all previous accredited colleges and or universities. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and or university with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Candidates must provide a personal statement expressing academic and career goals.

Transfer applicants can transfer up to, but not exceeding, six-credit hours from a four-year institution.

Accreditation: The Stevenson University Online forensic program has accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Stevenson University has accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education.


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DeSales University
Center Valley, Pennsylvania

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School Type:
Private, Catholic

Number of Online Programs:
75+

Types of Online Programs:
Bachelor's , Master's, Certificates

Degree Information:
Online Master of Criminal Justice with an Investigative Forensics concentration

DeSales University, a private Catholic University with a Salesian mission, offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees.
The online Master of Criminal Justice with an Investigative Forensics concentration utilizes science to address legal issues in criminal investigations, with a focus on violent crimes. Students learn how forensic professionals collect and process evidence in crime scene investigations.
Credit requirements: 30 credits

Concentration Courses:

  • Advanced Crime Scene Investigation
  • Behavioral Criminology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Science in the Courtroom
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Medicolegal Investigation and Identification

Students can take the courses full-time or part-time.
Admissions and transfer credit information: Candidates need a bachelor’s degree from a college or university with accreditation from a regional accrediting organization and a background or interest in the criminal justice field.

Candidates need to submit three letters of recommendation and a personal statement which serves as a demonstration of their ability to write at the graduate level.

DeSales University considers all three-credit courses as eligible for transfer, with the exception of internships, from institutions with accreditation from regional accrediting organizations, if the courses have a grade of C- or higher and are consistent with DeSales University’s mission, philosophy, and liberal arts tradition.

Students can transfer a maximum of 25 courses of three or more credits into DeSales University.

DeSales University has accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


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 Related Online Degrees in Forensic Science:


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The George Washington University

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Forensic Sciences
Washington, D.C.

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School Type:
Private University

Number of Online Programs:
95+

Types of Online Programs:
Associate, Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Graduate Certificate, Educational Specialist, Doctorate

Degree Information:
Online Forensic Investigations Graduate Certificate

The Department of Forensic Sciences provides students the technical and theoretical knowledge and skills in forensic techniques and instrumentation to enter the forensic science field. The academic curriculum provides students rigorous scientific scholarship, hands-on experience and research opportunities.

The University designed the online Graduate Certificate in Forensic Investigation for professionals working in the forensic sciences community who desire to enhance their credentials and advance their career. The certificate also provides job applicants a way to separate themselves from other applicants who only have undergraduate degrees.

Individuals with the Forensic Investigations Graduate Certificate admitted to the Master of Science in Crime Scene Investigation degree program may apply this coursework towards the degree program.

The certificate program covers areas such as homicide investigation, forensic pathology and crime scene photography.

Selection of courses:

  • Crime Scene Investigation I
  • Crime Scene Investigation II
  • Medicolegal Death Investigation
  • Photography in the Forensic Sciences
  • Science of Fingerprints

Admissions and transfer credit information: Candidates need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Candidates must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, provide one recommendation, and a statement of purpose.

Accreditation: The George Washington University has accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Students:
SAT or ACT requirement: No
Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:
GRE or GMAT requirement: Yes, for most programs


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University of Massachusetts Lowell

School of Criminology and Justice Studies and the Division of Online and Continuing Education
Lowell, MA

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School Type:
Public University

Number of Online Programs:
50+

Types of Online Programs:
Associate, Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Graduate Certificate

Degree Information:
Online Graduate Certificate in Forensic Criminology Program

The University of Massachusetts – Lowell, a public research university, is part of the University of Massachusetts system. The University offers an array of bachelor, master and doctoral degrees.
The University designed the Graduate Certificate Program in Forensic Criminology for full-time graduate students and working professionals interested in pursuing the certificate part-time.

The online Graduate Certificate in Forensic Criminology Program emphasizes areas including populations served by state and federal court systems, law enforcement agencies, state and federal correctional systems, mental health facilities, and juvenile facilities.

Credit requirements: Required courses: 2 and electives: 2

Available required courses to meet the requirement:

  • Criminal Profiling
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Criminal Mind and Behavior
  • Mental Health & Criminal Justice
  • Violence in America

Students can use the courses in this certificate program toward the University’s Online Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Admissions and transfer credit information: Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree with at least a 2.8 GPA to enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Criminology Program.

Accreditation: The University of Massachusetts Lowell has accreditation from the New England Commission of Higher Education.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Students:
SAT or ACT requirement: Varies by program. Students must contact admissions.
Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:
GRE or GMAT requirement: Varies by program. Students must contact admissions.


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West Virginia University

John Chambers College of Business and Economics
Morgantown, WV

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School Type:
Public University

Number of Online Programs:
30+

Types of Online Programs:
Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates

Degree Information:
Online Master of Science in Forensic and Fraud Examination

The online division of West Virginia University offers flexible undergraduate and graduate programs to a large online body of non-traditional students.

Through the College of Business and Economics, WVU offers an online Master’s in Forensic and Fraud Examination degree program. The degree program provides knowledge and skills for students looking to advance as forensic accountants or students seeking or working in similar careers dealing with white collar crime and fraud.

The curriculum requires two two-day residency experiences that allow students to participate in team investigations of real-life cases. Students gain experience in financial crime scene investigation, advance data mining, interviewing and interrogation techniques, and a moot court.

Students take six courses of forensic and fraud investigation theories and techniques and four courses of the Executive MBA program.

Credit requirements: 30 credit hours

Selection of required courses:

  • Forensic and Fraud Examinations
  • Fraud Investigation
  • Fraud Data Analysis
  • Fraud Criminology and Legal Issues
  • Advanced Fraud Investigations
  • Advanced Statement Techniques
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Business Research
  • Decision Analysis for Executives
  • Legal Environment and Ethics

Start dates: Fall

Admissions and transfer credit information: Applicants to the program must have an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have a CPA or related certificate
  • Have a JD degree
  • Have two years of relevant work experience

Additional materials include official transcripts, a recent resume, one to three letters of recommendation, a one-page Statement of Purpose, and GMAT scores, if applicable. Students with a minimum of two years relevant work experience may request a GMAT waiver.

Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission provides West Virginia University with accreditation. The University also has accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Students:
SAT or ACT requirement: Yes
Minimum GPA requirement: 2.0
Minimum GPA of transfer credit: 2.0

Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:
GRE or GMAT requirement: Yes, for most programs


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Northeastern University

College of Professional Studies
Boston, MA

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School Type:
Private University

Number of Online Programs:
60+

Types of Online Programs:
Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Graduate Certificate

Degree Information:
Online Graduate Certificate of Forensic Accounting

The College of Professional Studies emphasizes career-focuses degree programs for working professional students. The College provides a variety of flexible online bachelor, master, graduate certificate, and doctoral programs.

The online Graduate Certificate of Forensic Accounting offers a range of techniques for identifying, collecting, and examining financial evidence. Students learn how to identify financial statement misrepresentation, transaction reconstruction, and tax evasion.
The program helps professionals in the field seeking to keep up with modern investigation methods.

The program includes four required courses weighted at four credits each.

Credit requirements: 16 credits

Required courses:

  • Forensic Accounting Principles
  • Dissecting Financial Statements
  • Investigative Accounting and Fraud Examination
  • Litigation Support

Online instruction style: Asynchronous

Learning enrollment options: Full-time or part-time

Program length: One and a half years

Admissions and transfer credit information: The online application requires students to submit a 500 to 1,000-word personal statement as to why they seek a career in forensic accounting.

Admissions requires applicants to submit a professional resume along with their unofficial transcripts; admission’s requires official transcripts upon acceptance.

Accreditation: Northeastern University received accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Students:
SAT or ACT requirement: Yes
Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:
GRE or GMAT requirement: Varies based on program


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Keiser University
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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School Type:
Private, Not-for-Profit

Number of Online Programs:
174

Types of Online Programs:
Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorates, Certificates

Degree Information:
Online Bachelor of Science in Cyber Forensics/Information Security

Keiser University’s online division provides a variety of career-relevant bachelor, master, and PhD programs to non-traditional students.

The online Bachelor of Science in Cyber Forensics/Information Security degree provides students with expert technical and investigative skills for detecting and preventing cybercrimes. Students engage in creative and critical thinking skills, effective communication, and other professional skills.

Credit requirements: 60 credit hours for the major

Selection of required courses:

  • Accounting for Non-Financial Majors
  • Legal and Ethical Environments of Business
  • Security Policies and Disaster Preparedness
  • Criminal Evidence and Procedures
  • Cyber Crimes
  • White-Collar and Economic Crime
  • Digital Media Forensics
  • Network Defense and Countermeasures

Learning enrollment options: Full-time or part-time

Admissions and transfer credit information: Candidates must complete and submit an application in order to apply. Students must provide proof of completing high school, or the GED equivalent.
The program does accept transfer credits. Minimally, students must complete the last 25 percent of the program through Keiser University.

Accreditation: Keiser University has accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


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School of Counseling
Minneapolis, MN

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School Type:
For-Profit Online University

Number of Online Programs:
387

Types of Online Programs:
Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorates, Certificates

Degree Information:
Online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree with a specialization in Forensic Counseling

The School of Counseling brings together a diverse global faculty and students in a collaborative learning community dedicated to addressing important social problems. The School offers an array of degree programs.

The online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree with a specialization in Forensic Counseling prepares students to provide expert testimony and proper treatment for a variety of offenders. Students practice the application of conflict management and negotiation to real-world scenarios.

Individuals specializing in forensic counseling gain an understanding of mental health laws and how to treat juvenile justice and delinquency.
Credit requirements: 90 total quarter credit hours

Selection of required courses:

  • Completion of the MS in Clinical Mental Health with field experience
  • Treatment of Forensic Populations
  • Juvenile Justice, Delinquency, and Development; Conflict, Conflict Resolution, and Peace; or
  • Mental Health Law (choose one)

Program length: Three years

Start dates: Fall

Admissions and transfer credit information: Students complete applications online and must also submit unofficial transcripts, a professional resume, and a list of previous employment/educational history. Students must submit official transcripts following admission.
Transfer students may submit up to 45 credit hours.

Accreditation: Walden University, School of Counseling, has accreditation from the CACREP.

 

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Students:
Applicants must submit official transcripts and a resume.
Admission Requirements for Graduate Students:
Applicants must submit official transcripts and a resume.


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