Criminal Justice Self Designed

Gain a broad understanding of the intersection between the forensic psychology and criminal justice fields. This self-designed specialization allows you to create a unique learning program to deepen your understanding of forensic psychology as well as focus on criminal justice practice and theory. Select specialization courses that will build your knowledge of how forensic psychology professionals, criminal justice practitioners, and victim advocates work together.

Completion Requirements

  • 48 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (3 cr.)
    • Core courses (25 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone or Field Experience (5 cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will 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 855-646-5286.

Courses

Quarter Course Code Course Credits
Quarter 1 Course Code FPSY 6002 Course Foundations of Graduate Studies in Psychology Credits (3 cr.)
Quarter 1 Course Code FPSY 6102 Course Intersection of Crime, Psychology, and the Law Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 2 Course Code FPSY 6720 Course Abnormal Behavior Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 2 Course Code FPSY 6135 Course Criminal Behavior Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 3 Course Code FPSY 6115 Course Understanding Forensic Psychology Research Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 3 Course Code FPSY 6126 Course Understanding Violence, Risk, and Threat Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 4 Course Code Course - Elective - Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 4 Course Code Course - Elective - Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 5 Course Code Course - Elective - Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 5 Course Code FPSY 6393
or
FPSY 6915
Course MS in Psychology Capstone

Field Experience
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

Specialization Course Options

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code FPSY 6137 Course The Nature of Crime and Criminology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 6215 Course Controversies in Criminal Justice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 6510 Course Special Populations Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 6203 Course Victimology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 6300 Course Disaster Response and Recovery Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 6100 Course Critical Issues in Emergency Management Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 6813 Course Fundamentals of Law and Public Policy Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 6812 Course Contemporary Cases and Issues in the Courts Credits (5 cr.)

For students interested in providing direct services such as assessment, treatment, and therapy to 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 MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Learn more about this specialization and view the course descriptions.

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

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