Online Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
Earning a Master of Science in forensic psychology from Arizona State University can further your career in mental health and criminal justice. In this program, you’ll explore research methods, legal psychology and the treatment of mental disorders to learn how such issues connect with the legal system. This degree provides a foundation for doctoral programs, which are required to become a forensic psychologist.
Next start date: 03/11/2024
Total classes: 11
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 33
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What is forensic psychology?
Forensic psychology refers to the intersection of law, human behavior and thought. Professionals in this field utilize their expertise and knowledge to assess individuals and provide psychological insights in civil and criminal matters. Topics in this field influence law enforcement, courtroom operations and correctional facility functions.
This discipline has broad relevance for individuals working in these fields, as well as those with careers in investigations and mental health. Forensic psychologists may be responsible for determining the impact of biases on courts and conducting assessments to determine if individuals are of sound mind.
The skills you’ll gain in this online master’s of forensic psychology
This master’s in forensic psychology provides you with an understanding of how mental health and human behavior relate to crime and the legal field. In this program, you’ll study concepts including criminal law and criminal behavior. You’ll also learn about the processes behind legal decision-making.
Upon graduation, you’ll be skilled in:
Master’s in forensic psychology courses
In this program, you’ll complete coursework covering a variety of topics, including forensic and legal psychology, mental disorders and criminal justice issues. An assortment of electives provide you with the ability to focus on specialized areas, such as correctional psychology, women and crime, gangs and more. Courses may include:
Advanced Correctional Psychology
Advanced Forensic Psychology
Advanced Legal Psychology
Advanced Psychology of Criminal Investigation
Fundamentals of Forensic Psychology Research
Seminar in Courts and Sentencing
Seminar in Criminal Justice
Jobs you could get with a master’s in forensic psychology
This degree can prepare you for certain doctoral programs in forensic psychology or support career growth in related fields, such as mental health and the judicial system. Possible career paths include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
Applicants to the master’s in forensic psychology program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate School and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they’ve earned a bachelor's or master's degree in psychology, criminal justice, social science or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate completion of a psychology, social science or criminology research methods course.
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