M.A. Forensic & Legal Psychology Programs

Two programs. Unlimited possibilities.

Forensic psychology is one of the most in-demand job fields with anticipated job growth of nearly 12 percent through 2026*. Recognized as a national leader in forensic psychology education, Roger Williams University provides both a research-oriented program, for students who want to pursue a PhD in the future, and an applied program, for students who wish to become licensed mental health counselors or go on for further study in a PsyD program. Both programs can be completed in just two years and have placed students in some of the most competitive PhD and PsyD programs in the country, as well as in coveted careers.

M.A. Forensic & Legal Psychology

The 45-credit M.A. in Forensic & Legal Psychology is designed to prepare students for doctoral (PhD) training focused on forensic or legal psychology. 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. Students complete one year of directed research and a one-year, comprehensive thesis to build a strong research foundation for applying to doctoral programs.

MA Forensic Mental Health Counseling

The M.A. in Forensic Mental Health Counseling provides students with 60 credits of coursework spanning 48 credit hours of classroom-based, interactive learning and 12 credit hours of clinical field work. The program is designed to prepare students to be eligible for future licensure as a mental health counselor (LMHC) or similar credential. Students also use the program as a pathway to PsyD programs.

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* Source: Burning Glass Technologies, 10/28/18

Rebekah Snyder '16, victim advocate in the Michigan attorney general’s office who supported 156 of the women who delivered searing, poignant victim impact statements in the trial of disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, can easily trace how Roger Williams University prepared her for that work.

That's because while she was here, Snyder learned key skills and had defining experiences that gave her the skills and drive she needed to work with the women testifying against Nassar.

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