Study criminal behavior, explore a new career path, or pursue doctoral-level studies when you earn your master’s in forensic psychology online at Walden.

Learn research methods to evaluate programs aimed at forensic populations, conduct forensic assessments, and work to enhance systems and programs for incarcerated and recently released offenders and other forensic populations, including juveniles. Walden’s Master’s in Forensic Psychology is one of the only online graduate programs of its kind.

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Through Walden’s M.S. in Forensic Psychology, you will study current psychological theories and apply them to a wide range of forensic settings, including correctional and psychiatric facilities and community-based agencies.

You may choose the General Program or from a range of specializations.

Specializations

Note on licensure: The M.S. in Forensic Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

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General Program

Gain a broad understanding of the forensic psychology field and how its principles are applied in a range of settings from correctional institutions to court systems to community-based programs. In this specialization, select electives that will build your knowledge of how forensic psychology professionals work within the legal system and in community-based programs with an emphasis on preventing and reducing criminal behavior.

Completion Requirements

  • 56 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
    • Capstone Seminar (5 cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 1.5 years. 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.

Courses

The courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence. Each quarter includes two concurrent 11-week courses.

For students interested in assessment and treatment of forensic populations and in the delivery of traditional mental health services to populations served by the legal system, Walden offers a Forensic Counseling specialization in its M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program. To learn more about this specialization and view the course descriptions, visit.

Note on licensure: The M.S. in Forensic Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

Forensic Psychology in the Community

In 2010, nearly 5 million adults were on parole or probation in their communities and under the supervision of local adult correctional systems.* In this specialization, you will learn more about prevention, intervention, and consultation programs for criminal offenders in their communities. You will explore the foundations of community crime prevention and restorative justice for victims and offenders. Your studies will prepare you to work with crime prevention programs, early intervention youth programs, victim advocate programs, and other programs to reduce crime and recidivism.

Completion Requirements

  • 56 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
    • Capstone Seminar (5 cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 1.5 years. 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.

Courses

The courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence. Each quarter includes two concurrent 11-week courses.

For students interested in assessment and treatment of forensic populations and in the delivery of traditional mental health services to populations served by the legal system, Walden offers a Forensic Counseling specialization in its M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program. To learn more about this specialization and view the course descriptions, visit.

Note on licensure: The M.S. in Forensic Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

*Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, “Correctional Populations in the United States Series, 2010,” on the Internet at http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=2237 (viewed online February 21, 2012).

Mental Health Applications

Many adult and juvenile offenders suffer from mental health issues that must be addressed if they are to return to their communities and lead productive lives. In this specialization, learn to evaluate and use traditional forms of intervention, including individual and group psychotherapy as well as explore recent innovations in restorative justice. Gain the skills to work directly with individuals in correctional facilities, community mental health agencies, and the court system.

Completion Requirements

  • 56 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
    • Capstone Seminar (5 cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 1.5 years. 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.

Courses

The courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence. Each quarter includes two concurrent 11-week courses.

For students interested in assessment and treatment of forensic populations and in the delivery of traditional mental health services to populations served by the legal system, Walden offers a Forensic Counseling specialization in its M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program. To learn more about this specialization and view the course descriptions, visit.

Note on licensure: The M.S. in Forensic Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

Program Planning and Evaluation in Forensic Settings

In today’s evidence-based treatment environment, programs must be constantly reviewed to determine if they are working. In this specialization, learn to conduct and apply forensic mental health research to various legal settings and to formulate research that applies to psychology and public policy. Discover tools to evaluate current programs and assess their effectiveness, and recommend treatment alternatives for forensic populations in community-based programs and correctional institutions.

Completion Requirements

  • 56 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
    • Capstone Seminar (5 cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 1.5 years. 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.

Courses

The courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence. Each quarter includes two concurrent 11-week courses.

For students interested in assessment and treatment of forensic populations and in the delivery of traditional mental health services to populations served by the legal system, Walden offers a Forensic Counseling specialization in its M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program. To learn more about this specialization and view the course descriptions, visit.

Note on licensure: The M.S. in Forensic Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 56 total quarter credit hours  $475 per quarter hour $26,600
Books and Materials Estimated costs Included in tuition $0
Technology Fee  Per quarter $120 $720
    Total $27,320
    Transfer up to 28 credits  $13,660
    Total with Maximum Transfer Credits $13,660

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*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.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2009 more than 7.2 million people were on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole at year-end—one in every 32 adults.* At the same time, an estimated 5,018,900 adults were under supervision in their community either on probation or parole.

The M.S. in Forensic Psychology can help prepare you to find work in a variety of positions, including:

  • Case manager
  • Clinical and program director
  • Correctional officer
  • Court liaison
  • Expert witness
  • Forensic treatment specialist
  • Jury consultant
  • Law enforcement advocate
  • Researcher
  • Victims’ advocate

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

*Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, Total Correctional Population, Summary Findings, on the Internet at http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=11 (viewed online September 1, 2011).

Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, Community Corrections, Summary Findings, on the Internet at http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=15 (viewed online September 1, 2011).

National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Through Walden’s M.S. in Forensic Psychology program, you can:

  • Gain familiarity with mental health issues surrounding many aspects of criminal behavior and applications within the criminal justice system.
  • Compare, contrast, and evaluate psychological approaches and determine their effectiveness in dealing with criminal offenders.
  • Leverage the benefits of psychology and a deeper clinical understanding to create positive change in the criminal justice system.

As a student in Walden’s online forensic psychology master’s degree program, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.

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Which Psychology Program is Right for You?

Walden offers an M.S. in Psychology, M.S. in Clinical Psychology, and M.S. in Forensic Psychology, each with specializations that allow you to further focus your course of study. Choosing from among these programs is a matter of understanding your career goals and aspirations.

The M.S. in Psychology from Walden can enhance your ability to find a meaningful career in which you can truly make a difference. Graduates may pursue a variety of careers including:

  • Teacher at a community college
  • Coaching careers including career leadership, executive, and life coach
  • Administrative position in healthcare or private or public sectors as a program manager, project manager, project director, or field research coordinator
  • Administrative position in governmental or nonprofit organizations such as the FBI, CIA, criminal justice system, Department of Homeland Security, or Red Cross
  • Researcher as a data analyst, data manager, or program evaluator
  • Technical writer for governmental and other organizations
  • Consultant
  • Marketing director
  • Manager or executive or human resource or organizational development professional
  • Law enforcement agent (juvenile officer or officer related to fire and security)
  • Consultant for lawmakers, attorneys, and/or the courts

The M.S. in Forensic Psychology can help prepare you to find work in a variety of positions, including:

  • Case manager
  • Clinical or program director
  • Correctional officer
  • Court liaison
  • Expert witness
  • Forensic treatment specialist
  • Jury consultant
  • Law enforcement advocate
  • Researcher
  • Victim advocate 

The M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Walden can prepare you to advance your career as you study the complexities of human behavior. Choose the Counseling specialization to prepare to apply for licensure as a professional counselor or for limited practice in psychology in some states.

Master’s-level practitioners work throughout the United States in a variety of settings including:

  • Group practices under the supervision of a licensed provider
  • Mental health service units
  • Managed healthcare organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Counseling centers
  • Governmental agencies
  • Military services
  • Community mental health centers
  • Residential treatment centers
  • Correctional settings

Master’s-level practitioners also engage in program development; evaluate clinical psychology service delivery systems; and analyze, develop, and implement public policy on all areas relevant to the field of clinical psychology. Many practitioners combine these activities.

The M.S. in Clinical Psychology degree is not designed to prepare students to become a licensed psychology professional.

The M.S. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling is designed to prepare graduates for professional practice at the master’s level. Graduates completing the Counseling specialization may also qualify to sit for licensing exams and meet the academic licensure requirements of some state counselor licensing boards. However, the Walden University M.S. in Clinical Psychology program is not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body, which is a requirement for licensure in some states. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues, state-by-state educational requirements, and internship and practicum requirements; however, it remains the student’s responsibility to evaluate and understand the licensure requirements for the state or international location in which he/she intends to work as requirements vary widely. Walden University makes no representation or guarantee that the completion of a degree or coursework for graduate credit will permit the learner to obtain licensure.

The M.S. in Forensic Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

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Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Identify the role of psychology within the legal system.
  2. Apply psychological concepts and principles within forensic settings.
  3. Implement the use of diagnostic and assessment tools in forensic settings.
  4. Demonstrate the principles of research design as applied to forensic psychology research.
  5. Distinguish and implement professional roles, responsibilities, and ethics to the practice of forensic psychology at the master’s level.
  6. Differentiate theories of maladaptive and criminal behavior.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program 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.

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Gain critical-thinking skills that will help you in the field through use of multimedia technology in Walden’s M.S. in Forensic Psychology program.

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