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Top Graduate Schools with Forensic Psychology Programs: List of Schools

Graduate degree programs in forensic psychology include Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) programs. Learn more information about three of the best schools to offer such programs and their programs' details.

Schools Overviews

The two schools profiled below offer graduate degree programs in psychology and are also highly-ranked among their peers. Forensics is a very specialized field and program requirements may include the completion of an internship or externship, a clinical competency exam, submission of a thesis, and/or participation in work-study programs for gaining experience in the field. Students may elect to earn a master's or doctoral degree in forensic psychology, although not all programs are offered by all schools.

1. University of Denver in Colorado

School Highlight: The University of Denver is a private university with high research activity, as classified by the Carnegie Foundation in 2004.

In 2012, The University of Denver was ranked #47 among U.S. News and World Report's top clinical psychology programs. In 2015, the school was 88th in U.S. News and World Report's ranking of top universities in the nation.

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology offers a two-year, full-time Master in Forensic Psychology (MAFP) program. Students must pass an oral clinical competency exam in their second year and are required to participate in an internship. 29% of alumni have gone on to doctoral programs and 71% have found employment in law firms, government settings mental health facilities, etc. Through the curriculum and internship components, students acquire the knowledge and skills needed for the application of psychological theory in the criminal and civil justice systems.

2. CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY

School Highlight: The department of psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice also offers a 4-year M.A. in Forensic Psychology/J.D. in partnership with New York Law School.

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a liberal arts college and research institution that is part of the City University of New York (CUNY). It was ranked tenth on U.S. News and World Report's list of top graduate schools with criminology programs in 2009.

The John Jay College offers several forensic psychology degree programs, including a M.A. and two Ph.D. programs. The M.A. in Forensic Psychology prepares students for careers in the civil and criminal justice systems and requires either a 300-hour externship or the completion of a thesis. The clinical psychology track of the Ph.D. program trains students to become licensed psychologists and requires competency in forensic applications and scholarship. Graduates may work in assessment and intervention or in a forensic practice. Ph.D. candidates in the program's experimental forensic psychology track are prepared for academic, applied research, and advisory positions for and within the justice systems.

Top Forensic Psychology Graduate Programs

School Name Distinction Location
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago The Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology program offers concentrations in adult, child and family, forensic neuropsychology, and law enforcement Chicago, IL
Holy Names University Offers dual master's degree program in counseling psychology and forensic psychology Oakland, CA
Marymount University Offers a M.A. in Forensic and Legal Psychology/M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program Arlington, VA
Prairie View A&M University Offers a M.S. in Juvenile Forensic Psychology program with thesis/externship options Prairie View, TX
Prescott College Students in the limited-residency M.A. in Humanities program can design a forensic psychology curriculum Prescott, AZ
Roger Williams University The full-time M.A. in Forensic Psychology program offers thesis/non-thesis options depending on students' career goals Bristol, RI
Tiffin University Offers an M.S. in Criminal Justice with a concentration in forensic psychology Tiffin, OH
University of North Dakota M.S. in Forensic Psychology program is offered on campus; M.A. in Forensic Psychology program is offered online for working professionals Grand Forks, ND

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