Self-Designed

Automatically waive six courses* if you have earned a master’s degree in a related field**, shortening your journey to a PhD.

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. The Self-Designed specialization allows you to create a unique learning program to deepen your understanding of forensic psychology. You will 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 as well as understanding victimization.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 110 quarter credits
    • Core courses (75 cr.)
    • Elective courses (15 cr.)
    • Dissertation (minimum 20 cr.)
  • PhD residencies (4 four-day sessions)

Walden students have up to 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.

Walden offers a Fast-Track Option. Students can complete their doctorate in less time by taking advantage of this path. With the Fast-Track Option, students take additional courses and begin their dissertation early to expedite their path through the program.

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

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code FPSY 8002 Course Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8252 Course Themes and Theories of Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8720 Course Abnormal Behavior Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8135 Course Criminal Behavior Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8116 Course Understanding Forensic Psychology Research Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8126 Course Understanding Violence, Risk, and Threat Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8762 Course Teaching of Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY XXXX Course Elective 1 Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8314 Course Program Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8260 Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY XXXX Course Elective 2 Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8360 Course Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8700 Course Dissertation Literature Review Lab Credits (2 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8400 Course Advanced Issues in Forensic Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8214 Course Consulting for Organizational Change Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY XXXX Course Elective 3 Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8115 Course Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 9000 Course Dissertation I-IV Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

Completing the program may require enrollment for additional terms and cost if the student petitions to extend the 8-year maximum time frame.


Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

Elective Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code FPSY 8520 Course Psychology in the Courts Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8521 Course Police Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8810 Course Community Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8785 Course Prevention: Research and Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8314 Course Program Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8310 Course Research Design Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8912 Course Mental Health Law Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8511 Course Treatment of Forensic Populations Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8530 Course Forensic Applications in Community Settings Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8512 Course Advanced Issues in Forensic Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8915 Course Field Experience Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8201 Course Psychological Aspects of Violent Crime Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8206 Course Family Violence Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8202 Course Criminal Investigative Analysis and Profiling Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8204 Course Sex Offender Behavior and Treatment Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8205 Course Psychological Aspect of Cyber Crimes Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code FPSY 8400 Course Advanced Issues in Forensic Psychology Credits (5 cr.)

20 credits is the minimum requirement for FPSY 9000 – Dissertation. Actual time to complete your dissertation depends on numerous factors and while some students complete with 20 credits, some take longer. Please contact your enrollment advisor.

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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