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With 10 focused forensic psychology specializations such as Family Violence, Sex Offender Behavior, Cybercrimes, Terrorism, and Police Psychology, you can gain the expertise you need to drive positive change within the legal system. Read more

With 10 focused forensic psychology specializations such as Family Violence, Sex Offender Behavior, Cybercrimes, Terrorism, and Police Psychology, you can gain the expertise you need to drive positive change within the legal system.

Walden’s online Master of Science (MS) in Forensic Psychology degree can prepare you to apply new insights, skills, and perspectives to a variety of nonclinical roles in areas like cybercrimes, criminal investigative analysis and profiling, terrorism, and victim advocacy. Explore the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting criminal behavior. Evaluate psychological approaches and their effectiveness in dealing with offenders. Examine research methods used in forensic assessments, and learn to evaluate and enhance systems and programs aimed at forensic populations.

Why choose Walden for your master’s in forensic psychology?

  • Focus on your interests. In addition to this forensic psychology degree’s General Program, which provides a broad overview of the field, you can choose from 10 specializations to help you tailor your degree to your personal and professional interests.
  • Enjoy engaging coursework. Multimedia elements bring course content to life and allow you to understand criminal behavior on a deeper level. These include interactive case studies, podcasts, expert interviews, and our unique interactive learning community.
  • Enhance your real-world knowledge. Your capstone or in-person field experience takes you beyond television crime drama and into the true workings of the criminal justice system.
  • Learn from subject matter experts. Walden’s core faculty includes well-known authors and thought leaders in this exciting field.
  • Earn credits toward your PhD. Apply up to half of your coursework to our PhD in Psychology program, saving you time and money should you choose to pursue your doctorate.

By earning your online master’s in forensic psychology at Walden, you can develop a stronger understanding of specific criminal behavior—and develop the expertise needed to make a difference within the criminal justice system. You can also make a positive impact on communities as well as the first responders and professionals who serve those communities.

Highlights

Through Walden’s master’s in forensic psychology degree program, you can:

  • Gain familiarity with mental health issues surrounding many aspects of criminal behavior and applications within the criminal justice system.
  • Compare, contrast, and evaluate psychological approaches as you determine their effectiveness in dealing with criminal offenders and understanding threat assessments associated with offender behavior.
  • Increase your understanding of violence and threat assessment and translate this knowledge into practical skills that can help you mitigate offender risk in the field.
  • Leverage the benefits of psychology to gain deeper insights into the criminal justice system as well as schools, colleges, businesses, and communities in order to create positive change.
  • Acquire focused expertise through relevant specializations that allow you to align your studies with your personal and professional interests.
  • Engage in exciting, interactive coursework that helps enhance your real-world knowledge of today’s criminal justice system.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this forensic psychology degree program will be prepared to:

  1. Analyze the role of psychology within the legal system.
  2. Promote social change through application of advanced psychological concepts and principles within forensic settings.
  3. Analyze the principles of research design as applied to forensic psychology research.
  4. Distinguish the professional roles and responsibilities that are unique to the practice of forensic psychology.
  5. Explain relevant ethical codes (e.g., the APA’s Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists) used in forensic work settings.
  6. Apply psychological theories relevant to criminal behavior in forensic psychology settings.
  7. Explain the assessment elements (psychological assessment, risk assessment, psychological reports) used within forensic psychology settings.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

MS in Forensic Psychology Degree Specializations

Walden’s MS in Forensic Psychology allows you to choose the General Program or from a variety of specializations that focus on a specific population or subject. The programs of study for the General Program and specializations each consist of 10 courses.

Note on licensure: The MS in Forensic Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

Career options

Statistics like this point to a growing need for nonclinical professionals who understand these forensic populations and others, including substance abusers, sex offenders, victims of violence, at-risk youth, and military veterans.

The MS in Forensic Psychology can help prepare you to work in a variety of positions, including:

  • Case manager
  • Program director
  • Law enforcement, probation, or correctional officer
  • Court liaison
  • Expert witness
  • Jury consultant
  • Law enforcement advocate
  • Researcher
  • Victim advocate

 Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.



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The Master of Science in Forensic Psychology is a 36-credit online program that provides students with insight into the intersection of psychology and legal issues. Read more

The Master of Science in Forensic Psychology is a 36-credit online program that provides students with insight into the intersection of psychology and legal issues. Students gain an understanding of what forensic psychologists do and will learn how to apply this training in a variety of professional contexts.

This degree program will provide students with the professional training necessary to function at an optimal level in a variety of forensic settings where psychology is used including: courts, law enforcement, criminal justice, national security offices, prisons, social services agencies, child welfare agencies, and treatment facilities.

Many students in our program have specialized in law, mental health or other health services and want to work in the forensic area. Others are interested in furthering their careers and assuming more senior level positions. Some of our students use this degree to make them more competitive when applying for a doctoral program.

The online format and non-clinical curriculum make the program an excellent option for working professionals needing to integrate graduate study with job responsibilities. The program also targets those living in rural or frontier areas in and outside the United States, those with limited or no access to this type of graduate level educational program, and individuals working non-traditional shift schedules, such as those in law enforcement, corrections, national security, and the military.

Important Note

There is no licensure or certification in Florida or most states for Forensic Psychology at this time. It is considered a subspecialty of other clinical mental health or legal programs

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Forensic Psychology degree program requires a total of 36 semester hours of graduate course work. The program consists of a core of 24 credits and students are required to complete one of two possible 9-credit specialization tracks, and a 3-credit capstone course. Students can choose to complete either a thesis or a field experience for their capstone's content, although if students are looking to continue their studies it is recommended they chose the research option.

Core Courses (3 credits each)

  • PSY 0900 - Introduction to Forensic Psychological Science
  • PSY 0901 - Psychopathology, Personality Disorders, and Behavioral Interventions in Forensic Settings
  • PSY 0902 - Methods & Tools of Psychological & Violence Risk Assessment
  • PSY 0903 - Evaluation, Methodology, and Psychological Research
  • PSY 0904 - Ethical Concerns & Multicultural Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • PSY 0905 - Communication Skills and Tools in Forensic Psychology
  • PSY 0906 - Best Practices and Policies for the Mentally Ill in the Criminal Justice System
  • PSY 0907 - Gender Violence: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault & Child Abuse

Specialisation Tracks

Students will choose one of the following two specialisation tracks:

TRACK 1: FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM (9 Credits - Choose 3 courses from below)

  • PSY 0908 - Psychological Issues in Dependency & Family Law Cases
  • PSY 0909 - Therapeutic Jurisprudence & Problem-Solving Courts
  • PSY 0910 - Assessment of Psychological Injury for Legal Cases
  • PSY 0911 - Understanding Psychological Reports and Expert Witness Testimony
  • PSY 0912 - Psychological Evaluation of Competencies, Syndromes, & Sanity Issues
  • PSY 0913 / CJI 6230 - Behavioral Criminology
  • PSY 0914 - Capstone Project in Forensic Psychology in the Legal System

TRACK 2: FORSENSIC PSYCHOLOGY FOR MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS, FIRST RESPONDERS AND DISASTER TEAMS (9 Credits - choose 3 courses from below)

  • PSY 0915 - Suicide Prevention & Crisis Intervention Skills
  • PSY 0916 - Trauma Informed Assessment and Intervention
  • PSY 0917 - Child Maltreatment and Trauma Assessment and Intervention
  • PSY 0918 - Intervening in School & Workplace Violence
  • PSY 0919 - Substance Abuse, Mental Illness and Trauma
  • PSY 0920 / CJI 6220 - Police Psychology
  • PSY 0921 - Capstone Course in Forensic Psychology for First Responders and Disaster Team Workers


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