MS in Forensic Psychology


Study the intersection of criminality and psychology to help advance the understanding of criminal behavior.

 

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Study the intersection of criminality and psychology to help advance the understanding of criminal behavior.

 

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Why Choose Walden?

Walden Facts

Get a Jump on Your PhD

If a PhD is in your plan, you may be able to apply up to half of your master’s coursework toward our PhD in Forensic Psychology program.

Learn From Experts

Our faculty includes notable forensic psychology practitioners and thought leaders, including consultant and author Dr. Eric Hickey.

Pursue Your Passion

Choose from 10 specializations to tailor your degree to your professional interests, including Self-Designed options.

Go Beyond the Classroom

Enhance your learning outside of class with webinars and optional four-day intensives focused on the field of forensic psychology.

Apply What You Learn

Your capstone or in-person field experience takes you into the true workings of the criminal justice system.

Program Details

Curriculum - General Program

Minimum Degree Requirements

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

View the COMPLETE CURRICULUM PLAN.

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 the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 48 quarter credit $555 per quarter hour $26,640
Technology Fee Per quarter $170 $850
      $27,490**

BELIEVE & ACHIEVE SCHOLARSHIP

YOUR TUITION

   

-$5,550

$21,940*

*Represents minimum time to completion and Believe and Achieve Scholarship. Your actual total program time and costs may vary.

**Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. Walden may accept up to 24 transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $2,500 to $3,500.

Specializations

Program Outcomes

Take a Deep Dive Into the Field of Forensic Psychology

In Walden’s online master’s in forensic psychology program, you’ll explore the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting criminal behavior. Evaluate different psychological approaches and their effectiveness in dealing with offenders. Learn to evaluate and enhance systems and programs aimed at forensic populations.

Career Outlook

Attorneys, police officers, and judges work hard within the legal system—but they don’t work alone. Forensic psychology professionals play a key role in helping these stakeholders understand the psychological drivers of crime and address criminal behavior in an effective way.

With an online master’s in forensic psychology degree, you’ll have the expertise needed to be an invaluable resource in many facets of the criminal justice system. Make a positive impact for victims, families, and communities as you help protect human rights and uphold social justice . 

An MS in Forensic Psychology can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Court system
  • Government agencies

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s MS in Forensic Psychology program, you’ll be able to:

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

Resources

FAQ About Walden’s Online MS in Forensic Psychology

What is a forensic psychology professional?

A forensic psychology professional applies psychological theory and practices to the criminal justice and legal system. They do this by evaluating criminal behavior in order to determine the motives and mindset of an offender. A forensic psychology professional often works with local law enforcement and many have a presence in the courtroom, providing testimony of their findings and assessment for a judge and jury. By uncovering a person’s mental state at the time of a crime, not only do forensic psychology professionals identify the drive behind the action, they also prevent the same crimes from happening in the future.

Why should you study forensic psychology?

Many people study forensic psychology in hopes of effecting positive change for public policy and the justice system. Psychology is a window into understanding the root causes of crime and can reveal new, effective ways of dealing with offenders. Whether you have a background in criminal investigation, social work, public safety, or research, pursuing a master’s in forensic psychology can broaden your understanding of critical issues like cybercrime, victim advocacy, and the socioeconomic conditions that impact criminal behavior. When you study at Walden, you will learn to apply psychological theories of criminal behavior to forensic settings and gain an understanding of the ethical codes used in forensic work. Also, when you choose to earn your MS in Forensic Psychology from Walden University, up to half of the credits you earn can later be applied to a Walden PhD in Psychology. It’s a great way for lifelong learners to save time and money while pursuing their doctorate.

What is the best way to choose an MS in Forensic Psychology specialization?

In addition to the general program, Walden’s MS in Forensic Psychology program offers a number of specializations including Family Violence, Police Psychology, Victimology, Terrorism, Legal Issues In Forensic Psychology, and others. Here are some things to consider when deciding how to focus your studies:

  • Give thought to your aspirations, passions, and goals, and look for a specialization that aligns with them.
  • Think about the specific population or subjects you want to work with. The information you gain in your specialization courses can help guide your career.
  • Keep in mind that if you don’t find the perfect fit for your choice of specialization, Walden’s online MS in Forensic Psychology options also include a self-designed specialization that allows you to choose a variety of courses from different focus areas.
What does a typical MS in Forensic Psychology course look like?

You will encounter a number of interesting courses throughout Walden’s MS in Forensic Psychology program. One such example is the course Criminal Investigative Analysis and Profiling. In this course, you’ll learn that crime scene investigators face complex situations and must take a structured approach, evaluating case elements using careful methodologies that take both scientific and behavioral perspectives into account. As part of your studies, you will take on the role of an investigative analyst considering a criminal case, learning how to sort through and consolidate background information and apply offense-specific profiling concepts to the victim, the offender, and the crime. You’ll learn to develop logical arguments based on your investigation and create a written report to communicate them.

What are some career options for MS in Forensic Psychology graduates

Earning your MS in Forensic Psychology can prepare you with the expertise you need to qualify for a range of professional opportunities and enjoy a meaningful career effecting change in the legal system and community settings. Some of the positions possible with an MS in Forensic Psychology include:

  • Law enforcement officer
  • Probation officer
  • Case manager
  • Program manager
  • Court liaison
  • Jury consultant

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of a degree program.

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