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The master’s degree in Forensic Psychology prepares students for careers in intelligence analysis and criminal investigation at the local, state and federal levels of law enforcement. The program emphasizes scientific research in experimental psychology and applications to forensics issues. This is a non-clinical program that trains students in quantitative methods of scientific inquiry.


Student Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate mastery of data analysis techniques
  • Demonstrate mastery of experimental design
  • Demonstrate professional-level writing skill that reflects mastery of discipline knowledge, research methods, critical thinking, applications and values
  • Demonstrate professional-level mastery of oral communication skills required for scholarly presentations

Program Requirements

In addition to the core courses required for all Psychology M.A. students, students in the Forensic Psychology major will take classes in the Psychology Department as well as the Forensic Science Institute. Students enrolled in this major must also submit a thesis in partial fulfillment of their degree requirements as well as develop a plan of study with the program coordinator.

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Master’s Thesis

The master's thesis is a research project which has the potential for publication in a psychological journal and is required by all students to complete the experimental psychology program. The student's advisory committee, with the addition of one faculty member from outside the department, will constitute the reading committee for the master's thesis. The member from outside the department, will, at the request of the student, be appointed by the graduate dean along with confirmation of the total committee.

Career Opportunities

  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Case management
  • Mental health services