A graduate degree in forensic psychology or a similar discipline can prepare you to work in various fields, such as law enforcement or social service agencies. Learn about the master's and doctoral programs available in Massachusetts to determine if this is the career path for you.
This table will provide you with a snapshot of the locations and average graduate tuition for the three institutions.
|Institution||Location||Average Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*|
|William James College||Newton, MA||$40,630|
|American International College||Springfield, MA||$14,590|
|Boston University||Boston, MA||$51,716|
Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)
Massachusetts Forensic Psychology Graduate Programs
William James College
You can choose from three graduate degrees at William James College. The Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Area of Emphasis in Forensic and Correctional Counseling will prepare you to work with individuals in the correctional system or forensic hospital units. You can complete the program in two years if enrolled full-time or in three years for part-time enrollment. You can pursue an online Master's in Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health, which takes two years to earn. After enrolling in the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, you can then apply for the concentration in forensic psychology. The program usually takes five years to complete, with application for the concentration at the end of the second year.
You will need a bachelor's degree with a preferred 3.0 GPA for all programs. The admissions process involves the following:
- Online application with $60 fee
- Three recommendation letters
- Official transcripts
- Optional submission of GRE scores no older than five years for master's programs; Required for PsyD program
American International College
American International College awards a Master of Science in Forensic Psychology. It is suitable if you have a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, psychology, or a similar discipline. The program focuses on how psychological theories can be utilized within the criminal justice system. You will take courses such as behavioral statistics, principles of forensic psychology, interpersonal violence, and counseling skills for the criminal justice professionals.
While the college does not have a minimum GPA, applicants with a 2.75 or higher have a competitive edge. You will need to submit an online application and $50 fee, along with official transcripts, two recommendation letters, and a personal statement detailing your interest in both the program and the field.
You can complete either a traditional or online Master of Criminal Justice at Boston University. The curriculum includes courses such as principles of criminal justice, police and society, violence in the family, and corrections: concepts, systems, and issues. You can specialize in either strategic management or cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity. You will need to achieve a C in all your graduate coursework; however, a GPA of 3.0 or higher must be maintained throughout the program.
The application process consists of the following:
- Graduate admission application with $85 fee
- Three letters of recommendation and contact information for recommenders
- Self-evaluation describing your interest in the program
- Unofficial transcripts, with official copies required prior to enrolling
The featured doctoral or master's degree programs in forensic psychology and the related field of criminal justice all require a bachelor's degree for admission. Various areas of specialization and online programs are available.