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Gain the expertise you need to drive positive change within the legal system.

Walden’s online Master of Science (MS) in Forensic Psychology degree can prepare you to apply 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.

Focus on your interests

Choose from the general program or one of 10 specializations to help you tailor your degree to your personal and professional interests.

Engaging Coursework

Understand criminal behavior on a deeper level through interactive case studies, podcasts, expert interviews, and our unique interactive learning community.

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.

Subject Matter Experts

Walden’s core faculty includes well-known authors and thought leaders in this exciting field.

Get Started on 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.

Program Savings

Receive a $2,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

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General Program and Specializations

Criminal Justice Self-Designed

Create a unique learning program to deepen your understanding of forensic psychology as well as focus on criminal justice practice and theory.

Cybercrimes

Explore how technology is used in the commission of various crimes that include child sexual exploitation, child pornography, cyberstalking, cyberbullying, and human trafficking.

Family Violence

Examine criminal behavior that includes intimate partner violence, child abuse, maternal and paternal filicide, and elderly abuse.

Legal Issues in Forensic Psychology

Explore probation and parole services, corrections, and the interactions in the criminal justice system.

Military

Develop an understanding of military culture and the short- and long-term effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Police Psychology

Discover how you can work with police departments or other law enforcement agencies by assisting in officer selection and training, stress management, critical incident stress debriefing, and hostage negotiation.

Self-Designed

Create a unique learning program to deepen your understanding of forensic psychology as well as focus on criminal justice practice and theory.

Sex Offender Behavior

Gain insight into the unique dynamics of sex offenders as you explore paraphilic behaviors, including pedophilia and hebephilia.

Terrorism

Apply both psychological and public policy principles to understand the impact of terrorism and the countermeasures required to combat terrorist threats.

Victimology

Dive more deeply into the experiences of both victims themselves and first responders, who may suffer from vicarious traumatization as a result of working closely with victims.

General Program

Gain a broad understanding of forensic psychology and how you can apply its principles in a variety of settings, from correctional institutions to court systems to community-based programs.

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.

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.

Career Impact

Attorneys, police officers, and judges work hard to put criminals behind bars—but they don’t work alone. Forensic psychologists 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 from Walden, 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 ensure that justice is served.

An MS in Forensic Psychology can prepare you to pursue career options such as:

  • Law enforcement advocate 
  • Court liaison 
  • Expert witness 
  • Jury consultant  

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.

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