Forensic psychology is the application of psychology to the law. The online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology combines general training in psychology with specialized coursework in criminal law, criminal behavior, the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders and legal decision-making.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Class number may be less for transfer students.
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When courts are faced with cases in which a psychology-related question arises, they may turn to psychologists and ask for help with the case. For example, psychologists might assist the court in understanding a criminal's mental state at the time of a crime or whether a particular jury might have been biased against a defendant based on his or her race. This is the realm of forensic psychology.

The online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology degree program will teach students about the various roles for psychologists in the legal system and help them discover which roles they might like to pursue through careers in mental health, criminal justice or through graduate training. It is important to note that, while there are some career opportunities that only require a Bachelor’s Degree (e.g., police officer, criminal justice administration, corrections, mental health technician), many other careers in forensic psychology require graduate training.

While this is a new online program, ASU has a worldwide reputation in the field of legal and forensic psychology. Many of our faculty are leaders in this field. In the past two years alone, two of our faculty have won the Early Career Achievement award from the American Psychology-Law Society, and another received the Award For Distinguished Contributions to Psychology and Law, also from the American Psychology-Law Society. Our faculty members’ research has appeared in the top scientific journals, has been cited by many State and Federal Courts (including the US Supreme Court), and has received attention from many national and international media outlets.

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  • One of the nation’s top-ranked departments of psychology
  • One of the best advisory support programs at the University
  • Top-tier research university
  • #2 online undergraduate degree programs in the nation
  • #5 in the nation for producing the best-qualified graduates


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ASU’s Department of Psychology faculty members are made up of some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. You will learn from nationally renowned faculty including:

  • Psychologists
  • Sociologists
  • Anthropologists
  • Geographers
  • Political scientists

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Related Careers

Graduates with an ASU Online forensic psychology degree have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Example Careers

Graduates of the forensic psychology program are well-qualified for the following careers:

  • Criminal Investigator
  • Special Agent
  • Intelligence Analysts
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Psychiatrist


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