Forensic Focus Fall 2013

FALL 2013 SCHOOL OF GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES SO, YOU WANT TO WORK FOR THE FBI? Stevenson University is career-oriented, which is why we established three respected master’s degree programs in forensics to address the needs of today’s employers: forensic studies with tracks in accounting, criminalistics, information technology, investigations, and law; forensic science; and cyber forensics. It’s not unusual to ask one of our forensics students what he or she wants to do when they graduate and get the response, “I want to go to work for the FBI.” In fact, many of our former and current students have worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or have expressed an interest in working there. CONTACT INFORMATION Thomas Coogan Chair, Forensic Studies 443-352-4075 tcoogan@stevenson.edu Angela Scagliola Director, School of Graduate and Professional Studies Recruiting & Admissions 443-352-4414 ascagliola@stevenson.edu The mission of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners. It is a noble mission and many highly talented and motivated citizens would like to work for the FBI, including students from our forensic studies, forensic science, and cyber forensics master’s degree programs. The FBI employs a broad range of employees, from administrative staff and technical experts to special agents and more. Special Agent positions are considered to be the most elite. As of September 30, 2012, 13,913 Special Agents worked for the FBI. An FBI agent’s position offers tremendous professional opportunities. The job also has good benefits. So how does someone become a special agent with the FBI? All applicants for the Special Agent position must first qualify under a Special Agent Entry Program, including the Accounting, Computer Science/Information Technology, and Diversified Entry Programs. To qualify under the Accounting Entry Program, candidates must have been certified as a Certified Public Accountant or possess, at minimum, a four-year degree with a major in accounting and three years of progressively responsible accounting work. Students in Stevenson’s forensic studies accounting track could be eligible under this program. Computer Science/Information Technology Entry Program candidates must have a computer or information technology related degree, a degree in electrical engineering, a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification, or a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) certification. Students in our forensic studies information technology track and cyber forensics program could fit this program. To qualify for the Diversified Program, candidates must have at least a four-year college degree in any discipline, plus three years of full-time work experience or an advanced degree accompanied by two years of full-time work experience. Forensic studies students in our investigations, legal, and interdisciplinary tracks would be able to apply under this program. After qualifying for one of the Entry Programs, applicants will be prioritized in the hiring process based upon certain critical skills for which the FBI is recruiting. It’s good news for forensic studies accounting track and information technology track students as well as cyber forensics students continued on next page