2020 Most Affordable Master's in Forensic Science Online

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

All 17 of these colleges and universities offer affordable online master's in forensic science programs. Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, the #1 option, charges only $7,200 per year. Ranked #2, the University of the Southwest offers an annual tuition rate of just $9,375 for its MS Biology in Forensic Science. Classes for this program include Advanced Criminal Investigations, Ethics and Professional Issues in Forensic Science, Statistics in Forensic Science, and Technical Communications in Forensic Science.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences $7,200
# 2 #2 University of the Southwest $9,375
# 3 #3 PennWest California $9,468
# 4 #4 Saint Leo University Online $10,620
# 5 #5 University of Central Florida $11,117
# 6 #6 University of South Florida Online $11,586
# 7 #7 DeSales University $11,625
# 8 #8 Nova Southeastern University $11,700
# 9 #9 Champlain College $11,925
# 10 #10 National University $11,934
# 11 #11 Stevenson University $12,510
# 12 #12 Carlow University $13,140
# 13 #13 Saint Joseph's University $13,305
# 14 #14 Florida International University $14,400
# 15 #15 West Virginia University $14,475
# 16 #16 University of Rhode Island $15,390
# 17 #17 University of New Haven $28,200
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $7,200
Annual Tuition: $7,200
Annual Tuition: $7,200
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 454
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Forensic Sciences
  • Master of Science in Forensic Sciences - Forensic Science Administration
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $9,375
Annual Tuition: $9,375
Annual Tuition: $9,375
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 32%
  • Acceptance Rate: 35%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 0
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 544
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS Biology in Forensic Biology
#3
#3

PennWest California

California (PA)
Annual Tuition: $9,468
Annual Tuition: $9,468
Annual Tuition: $9,468
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Average SATs: 910 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,141
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,592
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies: Forensic Linguistics
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $10,620
Annual Tuition: $10,620
Annual Tuition: $10,620
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,242
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,720
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.S. in Criminal Justice - Forensic Science
#5
#5

University of Central Florida

Orlando (FL) (and 7 others)
Annual Tuition: $11,117
Annual Tuition: $11,117
Annual Tuition: $11,117
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 72%
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Average SATs: 1170 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 7,588
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,485
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Digital Forensics, MS
  • Forensic Science, MS
  • Forensic Science, MS - Forensic Analysis (Thesis)
  • Forensic Science, MS - Forensic Biochemistry (Thesis)
  • Forensic Science, MS - Forensic Professional (Non-Thesis)
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $11,586
Annual Tuition: $11,586
Annual Tuition: $11,586
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 75%
  • Acceptance Rate: 45%
  • Average SATs: 1170 -1330
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,135
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,739
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.S. in Cybersecurity - Digital Forensics
#7
#7

DeSales University

Center Valley (PA)
Annual Tuition: $11,625
Annual Tuition: $11,625
Annual Tuition: $11,625
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 319
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 383
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Investigative Forensics
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Forensic Nursing with Certification in Investigative Forensics
#8
#8

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale (FL)
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 292
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,532
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Concentration in Investigative Forensic Technology
  • Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
  • Master of Science in Forensic Psychology - Concentration in Forensic Psychology for Mental Health Workers, First Responders and Disaster Teams
  • Master of Science in Forensic Psychology - Concentration in Forensic Psychology in the Legal System
#9
#9

Champlain College

Burlington (VT)
Annual Tuition: $11,925
Annual Tuition: $11,925
Annual Tuition: $11,925
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Average SATs: 1110 -1320
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,669
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 625
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Digital Forensic Science
#10
#10

National University

La Jolla (CA)
Annual Tuition: $11,934
Annual Tuition: $11,934
Annual Tuition: $11,934
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 33%
  • Graduation Rate: 29%
  • Average SATs: 750 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,849
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,165
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Forensic Sciences
  • Master of Forensic Sciences - Concentration in Criminalistics
  • Master of Forensic Sciences - Concentration in Investigation
#11
#11

Stevenson University

Stevenson (MD)
Annual Tuition: $12,510
Annual Tuition: $12,510
Annual Tuition: $12,510
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 241
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 471
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Criminal Justice/MS in Forensic Investigation (Bachelor's to Master's Option)
  • BS in Criminal Justice/MS in Forensic Studies (Bachelor's to Master's Option)
  • BS in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics/MS in Crime Scene Investigation (Bachelor's to Master's Option)
  • BS in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics/MS in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics (Bachelor's to Master's Option)
  • BS in Legal Studies/MS in Forensic Investigation ​​​​​​​(Bachelor's to Master's Option)
  • BS in Legal Studies/MS in Forensic Studies (Bachelor's to Master's Option)

Online Master's Degrees

  • BS in Criminal Justice/MS in Forensic Investigation (Bachelor's to Master's Option)
  • BS in Criminal Justice/MS in Forensic Studies (Bachelor's to Master's Option)
  • BS in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics/MS in Crime Scene Investigation (Bachelor's to Master's Option)
  • BS in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics/MS in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics (Bachelor's to Master's Option)
  • BS in Legal Studies/MS in Forensic Investigation ​​​​​​​(Bachelor's to Master's Option)
  • BS in Legal Studies/MS in Forensic Studies (Bachelor's to Master's Option)
#12
#12

Carlow University

Pittsburgh (PA) (and 2 others)
Annual Tuition: $13,140
Annual Tuition: $13,140
Annual Tuition: $13,140
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1153
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 136
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 188
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics
  • MBA - Fraud and Forensics
#13
#13

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia (PA)
Annual Tuition: $13,305
Annual Tuition: $13,305
Annual Tuition: $13,305
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 81%
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Average SATs: 1120 -1300
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 169
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,854
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Criminal Justice - Intelligence and Crime Analysis
#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $14,400
Annual Tuition: $14,400
Annual Tuition: $14,400
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1110 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 10,922
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,749
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Professional Science Master in Forensic Science
#15
#15

West Virginia University

Morgantown (WV)
Annual Tuition: $14,475
Annual Tuition: $14,475
Annual Tuition: $14,475
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,272
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,453
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Forensic and Fraud Examination
#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $15,390
Annual Tuition: $15,390
Annual Tuition: $15,390
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 327
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 319
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Professional Science Masters in Cyber Security - Track in Forensics & Incident Response
#17
#17

University of New Haven

West Haven (CT)
Annual Tuition: $28,200
Annual Tuition: $28,200
Annual Tuition: $28,200
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 49
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 318
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Investigations
  • Master of Science in Investigations - Criminal investigations
  • Master of Science in Investigations - Digital Forensics investigations
  • Master of Science in Investigations - Financial Crimes Investigations

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