Victimology

While much of forensic psychology is focused on offender behavior, this specialization allows you to focus on how crime impacts the victim. Learn about the relationships between victims and their perpetrators—for example, why do serial murderers target certain victim profiles? 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. Explore various stress disorders and treatment models within this specialization.

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 6203 Course Victimology Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 4 Course Code FPSY 6511 Course Treatment of Forensic Populations Credits (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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