A two-year, full-time program, the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology is designed to prepare students to provide assessment and treatment services in a forensic setting, or further training at the doctoral level. Students will be trained in clinical assessment and psychological testing, the diagnosis of psychopathology, treatment planning, individual and group interventions, research design and statistical analysis and program evaluation.
Internships and practica are available at a variety of forensic sites including court clinics, sex offender treatment programs within a secure prison setting, juvenile detention and treatment facilities and community-based mental health settings working with persons with mental disorders who are involved with the criminal justice system. Clinical training are emphasized in the areas of clinical and risk assessment, diagnosing mental disorders, treatment and risk management planning, individual and group psychotherapy, sex offender treatment and risk reduction, and reentry planning and community services. Research-based internships are also available.
The Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology curriculum is arranged in two tracks: (1) Non-Thesis/Practitioner (for students seeking specialized training in psychology prior to entering the work force as master’s level forensic practitioners), and (2) Thesis (for students seeking master’s level training in psychology as preparation for future study toward a doctoral degree in psychology). The nine-course core sequence provides students with the breadth and depth knowledge and competencies needed to be an effective forensically/legally-informed master’s level clinician and/or researcher. Students then select four electives from various areas within Forensic and Legal Psychology. Finally, students take six credits of Thesis or Practicum according to their track, for a minimum of 45 credits. Students pursuing six credits of thesis can enroll in up to six credits of practicum as elective credits.
The Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology seeks to:
Requirements for the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Program
(All courses are three credits unless otherwise indicated)
A. Required Courses: 27 credits
|PSYCH||502||Quantitative Methods I|
|PSYCH||504||Psychology and the Law|
|PSYCH||505||Introduction to Clinical Assessment|
|PSYCH||532||Diversity in Psychology|
|PSYCH||550||Ethics in Professional Psychology|
An additional assessment course (choose from the following)
|PSYCH||506||Assessment in Criminal Law|
|PSYCH||507||Assessment Issues in Civil Law|
A psychopathology course (choose from the following)
B. Advanced Electives: 12 credits selected from the following:
|PSYCH||508||Forensic Report Writing|
|PSYCH||525||Psychology of Criminal Behavior|
|PSYCH||509||Methods of Psychotherapy I|
|PSYCH||510||Quantitative Methods II|
|PSYCH||511||Children, Adolescents and the Law|
|PSYCH||515||Introduction to Group Counseling|
|PSYCH||519||Methods of Psychotherapy II|
|PSYCH||530||Special Topics in Psychology|
|PSYCH||533||Law and Mental Health|
|PSYCH||534||Advanced Developmental Psychology|
|PSYCH||535||Group Dynamics: Methods and Design|
|PSYCH||540||Advanced Personality Psychology|
C. Thesis/Practicum: 6 credits selected according to the student's track:
Practicum students take: PSYCH 598: Practicum twice for total of 6 credits.
Thesis students take: PSYCH 597: Thesis twice for total of 6 credits. Students pursuing six credits of thesis can enroll in up to six credits of practicum for elective credits
(Minimum of 45 credits)