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MS in Forensic Psychology - Self-Designed

Walden University's Master of Science in Forensic Psychology program with a Self-Designed specialization allows students to gain a broad understanding of forensic psychology aspects and practices without focusing on a single area. Find more information about this MS program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Forensic Psychology with a Self-Designed specialization

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

All students seeking to enroll in the MS in Forensic Psychology program must hold a bachelor's degree or higher. Prior coursework in psychology and criminal justice could be helpful, as would strong analytical skills, since many courses tend to emphasize the analysis of psychological assessment tools, treatment plans, criminal behavior theories, and psychological research methodologies. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Walden University's online Master of Science in Forensic Psychology program with a Self-Designed specialization is designed to help students focus on areas of interest while broadening their knowledge of forensic psychology processes, theories, and concepts. Core course topics include an examination of criminal behavior from sociological, psychological, and biological aspects; the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behaviors; the link between psychology and the legal system; criminal profiling; psychological research in forensics; and assessment techniques in various areas, such as juvenile justice and child custody. Students also choose from courses offered in other specializations within the MS in Forensic Psychology program, allowing them to gain skills and knowledge in such areas as cybercrimes, victimology, family violence, police psychology, and juvenile delinquency. To complete the program, students choose between a capstone project or a 12-week practical field experience.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

48 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Forensic Psychology with a Self-Designed Specialization:

Of the 48 credits needed to earn this MS in Forensic Psychology degree, 25 are taken in core coursework and three in a foundation course. In addition, students complete 15 credits in the Self-Designed specialization and five credits in the capstone or field experience. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Course (3 credits)

  • Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology

Core Courses (25 credits)

  • Intersection of Crime, Psychology, and the Law
  • Abnormal Behavior
  • Criminal Behavior
  • Understanding Forensic Psychology Research
  • Understanding Violence, Risk, and Threat Assessment

Specialization Courses: Self-Designed (15 credits)

  • Students choose three of the following courses:
    • Psychology in the Courts
    • Police Psychology
    • Community Psychology
    • Prevention: Research and Practice
    • Program Evaluation
    • Research Design
    • Mental Health Law
    • Treatment of Forensic Populations
    • Forensic Applications in Community Settings
    • Juvenile Justice, Delinquency, and Development
    • Victimology
    • Psychological Aspects of Violent Crime
    • Family Violence
    • Criminal Investigative Analysis and Profiling
    • Sex Offender Behavior and Treatment
    • Psychological Aspects of Cyber Crimes

Capstone Course (5 credits)

  • Students choose one of the following:
    • MS in Psychology Capstone
    • Field Experience

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Because some careers in the forensic psychology field could require a doctorate, graduates of the MS in Forensic Psychology - Self-Designed program could choose to pursue this terminal degree. A doctoral degree could be needed for teaching or administrative careers in postsecondary academics, psychological counseling, or psychological research. Doctoral studies could provide more advanced discussions in criminalistics, statistical analysis, research design, and forensic assessment.

Some of the doctoral degrees graduates could pursue include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Social Services - Criminal Justice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology - Forensic Psychology

Career Paths:

Graduates of the MS in Forensic Psychology program with a Self-Designed specialization could explore career opportunities in areas of advocacy, counseling, forensic analysis, or consulting. They might use their knowledge of criminal behavior theories and threat assessment techniques to provide services to law enforcement agencies, courts, government agencies, probation offices, or mental health clinics.

Possible career choices for graduates include:

  • Victim advocate
  • Jury consultant
  • Police consultant
  • Court liaison

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