M.A. in Forensic Psychology


The curriculum consists of 36 credits offered over a 1.5 year period (including one summer). Required courses include foundation courses in psychology and courses in forensic psychology. At the end of the program, students are required to pass a comprehensive examination.

Students planning to pursue doctoral studies are encouraged to become involved in research while in the Master’s program. Although a master's thesis is optional, it is generally not encouraged.

1st Semester (Fall)

PSYC6121     Statistics and Research Methods
PSYC6114      Psychopathology
PSYC6230      Introduction to Forensic Psychology
PSYC6231      Psychological Basis of Criminal Behavior

2nd Semester (Spring)

PSYC7235     Evaluating Criminal Responsibility and Competency to Stand Trial
PSYC7230     Forensic Evaluation & Assessment 
PSYC7130     Forensic Interviewing Techniques
Elective 

3rd Semester (Summer)

PSYC6227     Clinical Practice in Forensic Contexts
PSYC7243     Special Topics in Forensic Psychology

*Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in the section of this course that includes a 10-day trip to study in Wroxton, England.

4th Semester (Fall)

PSYC7234     Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology
Externship

Note: A grade of B- or better is required for passing each of the above classes at the graduate level.