Program Information

Total Credits:

May 19 - June 28
July 7 - August 8
Mount Vernon Campus:
August 11 - 15


This is a reduced tuition rate and includes program and lab fees.

An additional Student Association fee per credit hour will be assessed.  The Student Association fee is $2.00 per credit hour for everyone except full-time undergraduates who entered prior to Fall 2014.

Refund Policy:
Full refund prior to start, 85% refund within first 7 calendar days, no refund 8th day onward

Crime Scene Investigation


About the Institute

The Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Institute teaches the scientific knowledge, skills and abilities essential for crime scene investigations. The online hybrid program is open to students interested or enrolled in The George Washington University Forensic Science program. It is also open to police, science teachers, photographers, and forensic science students from other universities. This 9-credit program packages three online courses with a required on-campus component and professional development activities for a discounted tuition rate (courses taken separately are billed at full tuition). It enhances participants' qualifications in a competitive job market and serves as an excellent entry point or continuation of a master's degree in forensic science. No prerequisites are required.



Online Courses:
FORS 6251: Crime Scene Investigation I
May 19 – June 28, 2014
3 Credits
CRN: 11844

FORS 6252: Crime Scene Investigation II
July 7 – August 8, 2014
3 Credits
CRN: 11539

FORS 6290: Advanced Fingerprint Science
July 7 - August 8, 2014
3 Credits
CRN: 12467

•  Measuring evidence and drawing crime scene diagrams to scale
•  Photographically documenting the crime scene and the evidence within the scene
•  Processing fingerprints with powders, chemicals and alternate light sources
•  Processing 2D and 3D impressions, such as shoeprints in dirt and other substrates
•  Collecting blood and body fluids and using chemical reagents to enhance their visibility
•  Preserving and packaging physical evidence
•  Analyzing blood spatter patterns

On-Campus Component (Mount Vernon Campus)
Required Lab Week:
August 11 – 15, 2014

•  Labs and course-related exercises
•  Group investigation and processing of mock murder crime scene
•  Opening breakfast and closing dinner

**All courses and on-campus lab are required for this institute. Courses may be taken separately at full tuition.

Program Director

Edward Robinson spent 25 years in law enforcement with the Arlington County Police Department. He then became a supervisor with the Baltimore County Police Department's Forensic Services Section. Since 2000 he has served as Associate Professor in the GW Forensic Science Department, where he created the CSI concentration. Robinson holds a Master of Forensic Science degree from GW and has authored two books: Crime Scene Photography (2007, 2nd edition 2010) and Basic Police Photography Manual (1990).


Course Details

Course Dates

May 19 - June 28, 2014 (online)
July 7 - August 8, 2014 (online)
August 11 - 15, 2014 (on campus)


Registration is now open!

Register through the office of Summer & Special programs. To register, please complete the CSI Summer Institute Pre-Registration Form below. A confirmation of registration will be sent to the e-mail address provided.

Pre-Register now!


For more information about the program, please contact Ted Robinson.

Forensic Sciences Web site

Other Resources

Supplies and Equipment

All supplies and equipment are provided to students at no additional cost. Students use high-end DSLR (digital single lens reflex) Nikon cameras, lenses and electronic flash units.

Lab Week Housing

There is a wide range of accommodations within walking distance of the Foggy Bottom campus.
Residence Halls
Area Hotels