If you’re interested in studying the science of human behavior and the law, this 42-credit master’s degree program integrates the fundamental principles of a growing field in applied psychology, preparing you for leadership positions in various agencies and organizations such as:
Social service agencies, both public and private
Hospitals and mental health centers
You will develop theoretical and practical foundations to support outstanding critical analysis, statistical interpretation, and assessment-building skills. Of the 42 credits required for completion, students complete 24 credits of core courses, 15 credits from forensic psychology courses, and a 3-credit integrative capstone seminar.
Using criminal investigation tools and techniques, this course provides students with the basic understanding of how crime scene analysis, deconstruction, and reconstruction are used to profile serial offenders. Students learn how to identify the motives of serial offenders by using psychological and physical evidence discovered at the crime scene, and how to use patterns of criminal behavior and geography to create criminal profiles
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to apply forensic-based knowledge and concepts to a wide range of issues affecting the forensic population and surrounding communities. Such knowledge may be applied in the courts, corrections, human services agencies, and law enforcement agencies, as well as leadership positions in those areas. Select career paths include:
Full independent work as a psychologist in the field requires a doctorate and independent licensure to practice. These additional credentials are needed to independently practice as a forensic psychologist.