Forensic Psychology Degrees and Careers
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Online Degrees in Forensic Psychology

Studying online is a popular way for students to learn forensic psychology. Most of these programs are designed with the idea that the student will leave academics after obtaining a master's degree in forensic psychology and begin working in some aspect of the criminal justice system.

Although licensure requirements vary from state to state, most states do not require a forensic psychologist to be certified or licensed.

Getting a master's degree in forensic psychology is a good career move if you are already working in some area of law enforcement and want a chance to advance your career. Many online programs in forensic psychology require minimal, if any, time spent on campus, and some do not even require internships.Admissions criteria vary from school to school, but usually a bachelor's degree in a field related to law or human services is required along with experience in the workforce and at least two reference letters.

Online Programs in Forensic Psychology to Consider

Walden University: Walden University, a school popular for its extensive online programs, offers a Master of Science in forensic psychology. The curriculum focuses on dealing with the intersection of psychology and the legal system. The online forensic psychology program is not a licensure program and those who graduate cannot refer to themselves as "mental health professionals."

University of North Dakota: Located in Grand Forks, the University of North Dakota offers an online Master of Arts in forensic psychology. Students are required to take at least 34 credits to graduate, and the program generally lasts two years. One on-campus visit is required. The rest of the work can be done from home. No matter what state they live in, online students pay in-state tuition.

Eisner Institute for Professional Studies: Eisner offers a graduate certificate in forensic psychology online, but the most popular forensic online learning option is a Master of Arts/Doctor of Psychology program, one of the few online psychology programs to offer a doctorate degree to students specializing in forensic psychology. Classes include research, law, ethics, mediation and principles of psychotherapy.

Introduction to Forensic Psychology Careers

A woman attempts to harm her child in a fit of post-partum depression, and a jury considers her sanity. An elderly man's attorney wonders if her client is capable of understanding the will he is about to sign. A parole officer attempts to assess the risk that a convicted rapist will re-offend. In each of these instances, the parties involved are certain to turn to a forensic psychologist for answers.

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Forensic Psychology Job Description

Forensic psychologists address psychological concerns that arise within legal settings. Typically, these involve diagnosis of mental illness and assessment of competence, understanding, and risk of criminal or offending behavior.

 

Forensic Psychology Requirements

In order to become a forensic psychologist, one generally must attend an accredited graduate program that grants a doctoral degree in psychology-either a Doctor of Philosophy in psychology (Ph.D.) or a Doctor or Psychology (Psy.D.)-which takes around five years to complete. Ph.D. programs tend to focus more heavily on research, while Psy.D. programs involve greater clinical engagement. Most graduate programs require candidates to have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and an associated subject test on psychology. Programs vary in their insistence on a particular undergraduate course of study, though many candidates find it beneficial to have majored in psychology regardless of whether it is required. Coursework in law or criminal justice, while not necessary, can also be beneficial. Because forensic psychologists often testify in court and present expert reports, it is important that they are master communicators.

A doctoral degree, though, is not enough to practice. One must also obtain government licensure by passing an examination and demonstrating the completion of state professional experience requirements by participating in supervised clinical internships either (or both) before and after graduation. States typically require one to two years of professional experience as well.

 

Forensic Psychology Career Outlook

Forensic psychologists engage in a variety of tasks. Practice settings include private offices, clinics, hospitals, and prisons. On any given day, a clinician might be testifying in court on the viability of an insanity defense, evaluating a criminal defendant for competency to stand trial, advising an attorney on the most psychologically persuasive way to present his or her case to a jury, or compiling a written report on a child's suitability for adoption. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that a category of professionals including forensic psychologists earn a median salary of $89,900. According to the BLS, employment of psychologists will grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020.

 

Forensic Psychology Trends

As forensic psychology is intertwined with the law, trends within both areas often overlap. Forensic psychologists, lawyers and judges debate on topics from culpability of minors to the effectiveness and general use of criminal profiling.


Forensic Psychology Degree Programs

Welcome to the most complete directory on the Web of Forensic Psychology programs. It contains all the nationally accredited programs, from 68 schools across the country.

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Ottawa University (PF Online, )
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (online)
University of Liverpool (Online, )
School Accreditation:
AACSB
Programs Offered:
MS - Forensic Psych & Criminal Investigation (online)
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Arizona

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California

Alliant international University (San Diego, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Behavioral Studies - Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Behavioral Studies - Criminal Policy & Law
Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Behavioral Studies - Criminal Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology - Civil Forensics
Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Psychology - Clinical Licensure
Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Psychology - Psychology, Policy, and Law
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology - Civil Forensics
Doctor of Psychology in Forensic Psychology
California Baptist University (Riverside, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - Counseling/Forensic Psychology (online)
California State University-Fresno (Fresno, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Forensic Behavioral Sciences
Fielding Graduate University (Santa Barbara, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology - Forensic Psychology (online)
Holy Names University (Oakland, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Forensic Psychology
MA Counseling and Forensic Psychology
Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
Palo Alto University (Redwood City, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Forensic and Correctional MHC
MA in Counseling - Forensic and Correctional Emphasis (online)
PhD in Clinical Psychology - Forensic Psychology
Phillips Graduate Institute (Encino, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology - Forensic
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Colorado

University of Denver (Denver, CO)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
MA in Forensic Psychology
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Connecticut

University of New Haven (West Haven, CT)
School Accreditation:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
Certificate in Forensic Psychology
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Florida

Florida Tech University (Melbourne, FL)
Programs Offered:
BA in Applied Psychology - Forensic Psychology (online)
Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology
Kaplan University (Fort Lauderdale, FL / Greenacres, FL / Miami Lakes, FL / St. Petersburg, FL)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
BS in Criminal Justice - Forensic Psychology (online)
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Georgia

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Hawaii

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Illinois

Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Major In Psychology - Forensic psychologists
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Chicago, IL)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
MA in Forensic Psychology
MA in Forensic Psychology - Child Protection
MA in Forensic Psychology - Corrections
MA in Forensic Psychology - Sex Offenders
Psy.D in Clinical Psychology - Forensic Psychology
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Indiana

University of Evansville (Evansville, IN)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Major in Forensic Psychology / Pre-Law
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Iowa

Northwestern College (Orange City, IA)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in Psychology - Forensic
Saint Ambrose University (Davenport, IA)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology
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Kansas

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Kentucky

Spalding University (Louisville, KY)
School Accreditation:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology - Forensic Psychology
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Maine

Thomas College (Waterville, ME)
School Accreditation:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
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Maryland

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Massachusetts

American International College (Springfield, MA)
School Accreditation:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
Bay Path College (Longmeadow, MA)
School Accreditation:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Major in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
Cambridge College (Cambridge, MA)
School Accreditation:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Education in Counseling Psychology - Forensic Counseling.
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (Boston, MA)
School Accreditation:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in Forensic & Counseling Psychology
Mount Ida College (Newton, MA)
School Accreditation:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Forensic Psychology
University of Massachusetts-Boston (Boston, MA)
School Accreditation:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling - Forensic Services (online)
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Michigan

Madonna University (Livonia, MI)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Major in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
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Minnesota

Minnesota State University-Mankato (Mankato, MN)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
B.S. in Forensic Psychology (online)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) - Criminal Justice (online)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) - Preparation for Graduate Studies (online)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Forensic Psychology Forensics and the Law (online)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Forensic Psychology Leadership and Management (online)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Forensic Psychology Self-Designed (online)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Forensic Psychology Victims and Justice (online)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology Criminal Justice (online)
MS in Forensic Psychology - Forensic Psychology in the Community (online)
MS in Forensic Psychology - General (online)
MS in Forensic Psychology - Mental Health Applications (online)
MS in Forensic Psychology - Program Planning and Evaluation in Forensic Settings (online)
MS in Forensic Psychology - Psychology and Legal Systems (online)
MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling - Forensic Counseling (online)
MS in Mental Health Counseling - Forensic Counseling (online)
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology - General Psychology (online)
Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision - Forensic Mental Health (online)
Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision - Trauma and Crisis (online)
Ph.D. in Psychology - Forensic Psychology (online)
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Missouri

Forest Institute of Professional Psychology (Springfield, MO)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology - Forensic Psychology
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Nebraska

Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln, NE)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Forensic Science - Behavioral Sciences
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New Hampshire

Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester, NH)
School Accreditation:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
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New Jersey

College of Saint Elizabeth (Morristown, NJ)
School Accreditation:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Forensic Psychology and Counseling
Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck, NJ)
School Accreditation:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Programs Offered:
Master of Artsin Forensic Psychology
Saint Peter's University (Jersey City, NJ)
School Accreditation:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (Pomona, NJ)
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Forensic Psychology
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Forensic Psychology
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New York

Adelphi University (Garden City, NY)
School Accreditation:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in General Psychology - Forensic Psychology
CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice (New York, NY)
School Accreditation:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Programs Offered:
BA/MA in Forensic Psychology and Public Administration
Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology
Certificate in Forensic Psychology.
Doctor of Philosphy in Psychology - Clinical Forensic Psychology
Doctor of Philosphy in Psychology - Experimental Forensic Psychology
Master of Arts in Forensic Mental Health Counseling
Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
Keuka College (Keuka Park, NY)
School Accreditation:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
New York University (New York, NY)
School Accreditation:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in General Psychology - Forensic psychology
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North Carolina

St Andrews Presbyterian College (Laurinburg, NC)
School Accreditation:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Science - Psychology
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North Dakota

University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology (online)
Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
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Ohio

Bluffton University (Bluffton, OH)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Major in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
John Carroll University (Cleveland, OH)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Major in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
Tiffin University (Tiffin, OH)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Major in Forensic Psychology
Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Forensic Psychology
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Oregon

Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR)
School Accreditation:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology - Forensic Psychology
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Pennsylvania

Alvernia University (Reading, PA)
School Accreditation:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Programs Offered:
Bachelors in Arts Psychology - Forensic Psychology
Cedar Crest College (Allentown, PA)
School Accreditation:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia, PA)
School Accreditation:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Forensic Treatment
Master of Arts in Clinical and Counseling Psychology - Forensic Treatment
Master of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology - Forensic Treatment
DeSales University (Center Valley, PA)
School Accreditation:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Programs Offered:
Major in Psychology - Forensic
Lincoln University of Pennsylvania (Lincoln University, PA)
School Accreditation:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology - Forensic Psychology
Mount Aloysius College (Cresson, PA)
School Accreditation:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Forensic Investigation
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Rhode Island

Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI)
School Accreditation:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Masters in Forensic Psychology
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South Carolina

University of South Carolina-Beaufort (Bluffton, SC)
School Accreditation:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Forensic
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Tennessee

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Texas

Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, TX)
School Accreditation:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Juvenile Forensic Psychology
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Vermont

Castleton State College (Castleton, VT)
School Accreditation:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
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Virginia

Marymount University (Arlington, VA)
School Accreditation:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Programs Offered:
MA in Community Counseling & Forensic Psychology - Community Counseling with Forensic Psychology
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
School Accreditation:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Programs Offered:
PhD in Clinical Psychology - Forensic Clinical Psychology
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Washington

Antioch University Seattle (Seattle, WA)
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology - Forensic psychology
Trinity Lutheran College (Everett, WA)
School Accreditation:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Forensic
Walla Walla University (College Place, WA)
School Accreditation:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Programs Offered:
BS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
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West Virginia

Fairmont State University (Fairmont, WV)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
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Wisconsin