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. Gain insights into stress management and coping strategies, and understand the impact of dealing firsthand with victims and first responders. Understand the phenomenon of post-traumatic stress—which has been associated with increased suicide risk—and its impact on law enforcement personnel and their families.

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 FPSY 6521 Course Police Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 4 Course Code FPSY 6740
or
FPSY 6748
Course Disaster, Crisis, and Trauma

Stress and Coping
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Quarter 5 Course Code FPSY 6333 Course Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 5 Course Code FPSY 6393
or
FPSY 6915
Course MS in Psychology Capstone

Field Experience
Credits (5 cr.)

(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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