Psychology and Legal Systems

In today’s complex legal system, forensic psychology professionals constantly provide their expertise on issues that intersect psychology and the law. In this specialization, explore the many ways you can interact with the court system as you gain a basic understanding of expert testimony, jury selection, and eyewitness testimony. Discover how you can work with police departments or other law enforcement agencies assisting in officer selection and training, stress management, critical incident stress debriefing, hostage negotiations, and selection of special operations officers.

Completion Requirements

  • 47 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (2 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (10 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.


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.

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