With 10 focused forensic psychology specializations such as Family Violence, Sex Offender Behavior, Cybercrimes, Terrorism, and Police Psychology, you’ll gain the expertise you need to drive positive change within the legal system.

Walden’s online MS in Forensic Psychology program prepares you to apply strong new insights, skills, and perspectives to a variety of nonclinical roles in areas like cybercrimes, criminal investigative analysis and profiling, terrorism, and victim advocacy. Explore the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting criminal behavior. Evaluate psychological approaches and their effectiveness in dealing with offenders. Examine research methods used in forensic assessments, and learn to evaluate and enhance systems and programs aimed at forensic populations.

Why choose Walden for your MS in Forensic Psychology?

  • Focus on your interests. In addition to our General Program, which provides a broad overview of the field, you can choose from one of 10 specializations to help you develop subject matter expertise and tailor your degree to your personal interests and professional experience.

  • Enjoy engaging coursework. Multimedia elements bring course content to life and allow you to understand criminal behavior on a deeper level. These include interactive case studies, podcasts, expert interviews, and our unique interactive learning community.

  • Enhance your real-world knowledge. Your capstone or in-person field experience takes you beyond television crime drama and into the true workings of the criminal justice system.

  • Learn from subject matter experts. Walden’s core faculty includes well-known authors and thought leaders in this exciting field.

  • Earn credits toward your PhD. Apply up to half of your coursework to our PhD in Psychology program, saving you time and money should you choose to pursue your doctorate.

When you earn your master’s degree in forensic psychology at Walden, you’ll develop a stronger understanding of specific criminal behavior—and develop the expertise needed to make a difference within the criminal justice system. You’ll also make a positive impact for surrounding communities and the first responders and professionals who serve those communities.

Highlights

Through Walden’s MS 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 as you determine their effectiveness in dealing with criminal offenders and understanding threat assessments associated with offender behavior.

  • Increase your understanding of violence and threat assessment and translate this knowledge into practical skills that can help you mitigate offender risk in the field.

  • Leverage the benefits of psychology to gain deeper insights into the criminal justice system as well as schools, colleges, businesses, and communities in order to create positive change.

  • Acquire focused expertise through relevant specializations that allow you to align your studies with your personal and professional interests.

  • Engage in exciting, interactive coursework that helps enhance your real-world knowledge of today’s criminal justice system.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Analyze the role of psychology within the legal system.
  2. Promote social change through application of advanced psychological concepts/principles within forensic settings.
  3. Analyze the principles of research design as applied to forensic psychology research.
  4. Distinguish the professional roles and responsibilities that are unique to the practice of forensic psychology.
  5. Explain relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA and Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists) used in forensic work settings.
  6. Apply psychological theories relevant to criminal behavior in forensic psychology settings.
  7. Explain the assessment elements (psychological assessment, risk assessment, psychological reports) used within forensic psychology settings.

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

Testimonials

Ginger Jenkins

Ginger L. Jenkins

BS and MS in Forensic Psychology Graduate / PhD in Psychology Student
Now that I’ve graduated, I plan to continue making a difference in the lives of adolescents and to be an advocate for them.
I wish to pursue a PhD in Public Policy and Administration. It will be very beneficial to me because I can complete the program faster than normal based on my academic achievements in the same department.
I have been using my degree to write grants to help special needs children in my community.
Brande Halzelwood MS in Forensic Psychology Graduate
Gabirel Takang MPA Graduate
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Elizabeth Brown MPA Graduate
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