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MS in Forensic Psychology

Northcentral University's Master of Science in Forensic Psychology prepares students for criminal justice careers where they can apply psychological principles to forensic settings. Learn more about this online master's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Forensic Psychology

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Individuals considering this master's degree program in forensic psychology may have previous education or experience in psychology or a related field. They may also have an interest in the criminal justice field. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students who enroll in Northcentral University's Master of Science in Forensic Psychology program have the opportunity to explore the psychology of criminal behavior and practical applications of forensic psychology. Courses cover human behavior and how it is exhibited in a variety of legal and forensic settings. Students may learn about psychological theories for criminal behavior, victimization, and correctional settings, as well as study different methods for psychological research. Additional courses cover topics such as psychological theories of aggression, ethics and diversity in forensic psychology, treatment strategies for offenders, and criminal profiling. Students can choose between a capstone course or an internship for their final course.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

30 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loans or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Forensic Psychology:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses (30 credits)

  • PSY 5501: Principles of Forensic Psychology
  • PSY 5502: Psychology of Law and Justice
  • PSY 6503: Forensic Psychology in Correctional Settings
  • PSY 5107: Research Design
  • PSY 5504: Social Psychology and Aggression
  • PSY 5505: Diversity and Forensic Psychology
  • PSY 5110: Applied Statistics
  • PSY 6506: Psychological Evaluation and Treatment of Offenders
  • PSY 6507: Criminal Profiling
  • Students choose one:
    • PSY 6510: Capstone in Forensic Psychology
    • PSY 6511: Internship in Forensic Psychology

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the Master of Science in Forensic Psychology program may choose to continue their education by enrolling in a related doctoral degree program. An advanced degree program could allow individuals to boost their understanding of psychological theories as they prepare for research or teaching careers or for clinical or counseling psychologist positions. Some of the doctoral degree programs that students could consider include:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology

Career Paths:

NCU's MS in Forensic Psychology program could prepare graduates for forensics careers within a variety of criminal justice settings, as well as within mental health institutions, corrections departments, child welfare organizations, victims services, and other community-based clinics. Graduates could seek positions where they apply psychological principles in forensic settings, analyze criminal behavior, or provide evaluations of defendants and victims to various law enforcement agencies.

Job titles that graduates could be to apply for might include:

  • Victims Advocate
  • Case Manager
  • Jury Consultant
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Court Liaison
  • Expert Witness

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