Pursue a career that places you at the intersection of psychology and the legal system when you earn a B.S. in Forensic Psychology from Walden.

Examine the social and psychological factors that shape the development of criminal behavior. Explore a range of assessment methods and techniques and discover how they assist in criminal profiling and predicting criminal behavior and victim outcomes.

From child custody to personal injury to violent criminal cases, our B.S. in Forensic Psychology program focuses on how to gather relevant psychological data and prepare critical background information. You can prepare for greater career opportunities as you change your world and the world of those affected by criminal behavior.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

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Walden’s B.S. in Forensic Psychology program offers a variety of concentrations to help you meet your personal and professional goals.

You also have the option to pursue an undergraduate minor. Your minor must be in a discipline outside your bachelor’s degree program area. Adding a minor to your program of study allows you to gain multidisciplinary skills that can help you advance toward your professional goals.

Note on Licensure

The B.S. in Forensic Psychology is not designed to prepare students to become a licensed psychology professional.

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Forensics and the Law

Examine concepts and practices related to criminal law, including domestic and international crimes, criminal defense, punishment, and sentencing. Review how a courtroom operates and how cases are prosecuted. Study the structure and function of the legal system from the perspectives of law enforcement, court, and correction professionals. Discover how psychological theories and assessments impact decision making throughout the legal process.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (50 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (15 cr.)
    • Elective courses (65 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose 13 courses from general education, B.S. in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 20 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 65 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

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Leadership and Management

Gain the tools and techniques you need to successfully manage people and operations as you broaden your understanding of strategic planning, personnel systems, and performance management in forensic settings. Explore the theories and principles of leadership and leader development and discover how to plan effective budgeting strategies and apply them to your organization.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (50 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (15 cr.)
    • Elective courses (65 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose 13 courses from general education, B.S. in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 20 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 65 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

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Self-Designed

Choose any three courses from among the B.S. in Forensic Psychology program’s concentrations to design a program around your interests. Select from coursework in areas such as victimology, social justice, or contemporary criminal justice systems.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (50 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (15 cr.)
    • Elective courses (65 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Choose any three courses from the Forensics and the Law, Leadership and Management, and Victims and Justice concentrations.

Elective Courses

Choose 13 courses from general education, B.S. in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 20 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 65 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

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Victims and Justice

Focus on different types of victimization and the criminal justice system’s response to victims, as well as victims’ human and civil rights. Explore and analyze current trends in victimology, including environmental justice, the promotion of diversity, and the protection of human rights. Review the role of international organizations in international relations and in promoting social justice. Discover ways to advocate for the victims’ rights and restore communities in the wake of criminal activity.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (50 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (15 cr.)
    • Elective courses (65 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

 

Elective Courses

Choose 13 courses from general education, B.S. in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 20 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 65 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

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    • Course Title
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Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 181 total quarter credit hours  $310 per quarter hour 

$56,110

Technology Fee  Per quarter

$120

$1,920

   

Total

$58,030

   

Transfer up to 135 credits 

$43,290

   

Total with Maximum Transfer Credits

$14,740

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,000.

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Accelerate Your Degree Completion

Your B.S. in Forensic Psychology from Walden can enhance your ability to find a meaningful career in which you can truly make a difference. This degree can provide a solid foundation for graduate school, allowing you to pursue additional opportunities and to work with all types of offenders and victims in a variety of roles at the intersection of psychology and the law, including:

  • Administrator
  • Case manager
  • Correctional officer
  • Court liaison
  • Forensic treatment specialist
  • Law enforcement advocate
  • Probation and parole officer
  • Researcher
  • Victims’ advocate

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

When you earn your forensic psychology bachelor’s degree online at Walden, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

Find out more about what defines Walden’s B.S. in Forensic Psychology program:

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Describe current issues, problems, and trends in the field of forensic psychology.
  2. Apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  3. Use forensic assessment strategies, including interviews and observations, to solve problems related to forensic psychology.
  4. Apply psychological theory and research to provide successful interventions for personal, social, and organizational issues in the realm of forensic psychology.
  5. Describe the role of ethical behavior in promoting social change in a variety of settings.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to use guidelines and standards of the profession to communicate information about psychological processes in various forensic settings.
  7. Discuss the importance of diversity and multicultural issues when evaluating and intervening with forensic psychology populations.
  8. Develop a strategy for personal and career development in the field of forensic psychology.

For assistance in deciding which concentration fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.