Automatically waive six courses* if you have earned a master’s degree in a related field**, shortening you journey to a PhD.
In today’s complex legal system, forensic psychology professionals are called upon to provide their expertise on issues that intersect with psychology and the law. In this specialization, you will examine probation and parole services, corrections, and their interaction in the criminal justice system. You will explore the many ways you can collaborate with the court system as you gain a basic understanding of expert testimony, jury selection, and eyewitness testimony.
Minimum Completion Requirements
- 110 quarter credits
- Core courses (75 cr.)
- Specialization courses (15 cr.)
- Dissertation (minimum 20 cr.)
- PhD residencies (4 four-day sessions)
Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.
In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.
To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 844-384-4529.
*FPSY 8252 Themes and Theories of Psychology, FPSY 8720 Abnormal Behavior, FPSY 8135 Criminal Behavior, FPSY 8116 Understanding Forensic Psychology Research, RSCH 8210 Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis, FPSY 8126 Understanding Violence, Risk, and Threat Assessment
**Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology