Top Schools with Forensic Psychology Degree Programs

Learn about programs in forensic psychology, which include the study of human behavior in relation to the criminal justice system. Read about the degree options at four universities and technology institutes, and find a list of other schools in the U.S. that provide training for forensic psychologists.

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Students in a forensic psychology program learn how to evaluate and treat criminal offenders and crime victims. The Florida Institute of Technology is one of just a few schools in the United States that offer an undergraduate program in forensic psychology. The other two profiled universities - University of Denver and University of North Dakota - offer master's degrees in forensic psychology. Qualified graduates may find positions in correctional and community mental health settings.

1. University of Denver in Colorado

School Highlight: The forensic psychology program requires that its students experience field placements to gain practical experience working with diverse populations in real-world settings.

The University of Denver (UD) is a private school that U.S. News & World Report ranked 88th among national universities in 2015. UD's Graduate School of Professional Psychology offers a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology. Once enrolled, students pursue courses in psychotherapy, mental health law and juvenile offenders, as well as gain practice in direct service via field placements.

2. University of North Dakota in Grand Forks

School Highlight: Forensic psychology students at the University of North Dakota may gain clinical training alongside students in other psychology programs at the University's Psychological Services Center.

The University of North Dakota (UND) is a public research school that ranked 93rd on U.S. News & World Report's list of top public schools for 2015. The university offers an online Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology and a campus-based Master of Science in Forensic Psychology program. In addition to coursework, graduate students have the opportunity to pursue an independent research project.

3. Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL

School Highlight: The psychology department features a Forensic Psychology Association for undergraduate forensic psychology majors.

The Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) ranked 173rd on the U.S. News & World Report list of national universities in 2015. FIT is one of only a handful of schools in the U.S. that offer an undergraduate program in forensic psychology. Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology program learn about psychological research methods, juvenile delinquency and crime theories. They also have the opportunity to take internships with numerous law enforcement agencies and research teams.

Top Forensic Psychology Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Castleton State College Undergraduate program in psychology offers a concentration in forensic psychology Castleton, VT
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Graduate programs in forensic psychology include a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Forensic Psychology Multiple locations (Chicago, IL; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, CA; Irvine, CA)
Farleigh Dickinson University Offers both an accelerated B.A./M.A. and an M.A. in Forensic Psychology Teaneck and Madison, NJ
John Jay College of Criminal Justice Dual M.A. in Forensic Psychology/J.D. program, offered in conjunction with the New York Law School New York, NY
Marymount University Dual M.A. in Forensic Psychology and Legal Psychology through its Clinical Mental Health Counseling program Arlington, VA
Prairie View A & M University M.S. in Juvenile Forensic Psychology program Prairie View, TX
Tiffin University All full-time faculty holds at least a Master's degree, and usually doctoral degrees or the highest level of certification in their fields Tiffin, OH
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