Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychology has a broad definition. It encompasses any sort of psychological assessment of individuals who come into contact with the legal system. Opportunities in forensic psychology heavily depend on level of education—to claim the title “Forensic Psychologist,” a student must complete a doctorate, though there are many other uses for a degree in forensic psychology. This area of study is offered at the baccalaureate, master, and doctoral levels and can lead to careers within private practices, firms, schools, police departments, prisons, and government agencies. Licensed Forensic Psychologists weigh in on any number of matters, from mental states of criminal defendants to child custody to jury selection.

Baccalaureate

This degree is largely postdoctoral, so you won’t find more than a handful or two of schools that offer a Bachelor’s in Forensic Psychology. Even if one crops up, be aware that that the best programs are accredited by the American Psychology Association (APA). One such available institution is Maryville University. Most commonly, students will earn their undergraduate degree in either criminal justice or psychology (with a concentration in forensic psychology) before moving on to graduate school for more focalized study.

Career options for graduates with a bachelor’s in forensic psychology include: Court Liaison, Law Enforcement Officer, Probation Officer

Master Level

If earning a doctorate is the ultimate goal, students can move directly from their undergraduate education into a doctoral program since a master’s degree is considered optional. Master's programs are a good way for students who didn’t study psychology or criminal justice during their undergrad to be introduced to the world of forensic psychology. The curriculum will consist of education on domestic violence, criminal assessment, mental health policy, and psychological treatment of adult offenders.

Careers for graduates with a Master’s in Forensic Psychology include: Jury Consultant, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Juvenile Offenders Counselor, and Research Assistant.

Doctorate Level

While it won’t say “PhD in Forensic Psychology” on most diplomas, many schools offer this area of study under other titles. Some institutions will call it a PhD in Legal Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology/Studies, while others have labeled it a PhD in Interdisciplinary Social Psychology with a specialization in Law and Justice.

There are two types of degrees that can be earned in this concentration, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). PhDs take longer to obtain and are typically very competitive. Like with most PhDs, it’s very research oriented. The PsyD can be more closely compared to an MD in medicine and clinical experience begins much earlier in this three-to-five-year program.

Careers for graduates with a doctorate in forensic psychology include: Forensic Psychologist, Expert Witness, Psychology Professor/Instructor, and Psychology Researcher.

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University of Denver

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George Washington University

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Nova Southeastern University

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Saint Leo University

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Marymount University

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Kean University

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University of North Dakota

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California Baptist University

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Tiffin University

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Roger Williams University

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Faulkner University

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University of New South Wales (UNSW-Sydney)

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University of Central Oklahoma

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New England College

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The College of Saint Rose

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Holy Names University

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Quincy University

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
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Corban University

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National Louis University
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Bay Path University

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Walla Walla University

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Kingston University London

Located just 25 minutes from central London, Kingston University offers internationally-recognized qualifications and welcomes around 100 new students from the USA every year, with many more on Study Abroad and exchange programs. Founded in 1899, the...

Castleton University

Founded in 1787, Castleton University is a public liberal arts institution located in the rural town of Castleton, Vermont. It is the first institution of higher learning established in the state and home to the Jeffords Science Center, which is...

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University of Houston-Victoria

University of Houston-Victoria is a state-funded institution and part of the U of H system. The school operates a satellite location in a suburb of Houston, Katy. UHV offers a Degree in Three program where students can graduate one year earlier in...

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CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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The College of Saint Elizabeth is a private co-educational Catholic institution located in New Jersey, less than an hour train ride from New York City. Founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth and as one of the first colleges to...

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Saint Ambrose University

Founded in 1882, Saint Ambrose University is a private institution that provides a liberal arts curriculum in the “Catholic Intellectual Tradition.” Admissions are rated as “selective” and the campus is home to several buildings listed on the...

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Maryville University of Saint Louis

Founded in 1872, Maryville University of Saint Louis is a 4-year private school in the St. Louis metro area. Maryville grants undergraduate degrees in over 65 academic majors featuring a comprehensive liberal arts and professional curriculum. In...

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Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus

Fairleigh Dickinson University operates two campuses in New Jersey, a metropolitan campus in Teaneck, and a suburban campus in Florham, which makes FDU the largest private university in the state. FDU offers a Two Worlds degree programs, which allow...

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Martin Methodist College

Martin Methodist College is a liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is located in the rural town of Pulaski, Tennessee, and operates centers in Spring Hill and Northfield, along with a virtual online campus. The Martin...

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Martin is a very small school, only about 1,200 students, but that is the best part about it. It feels like home, the tight-nit community make the transition from high school to college a lot less stressful. All in all, Martin is a great school and a...

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The University of the Southwest is a 4-year Christian university in southeast New Mexico. Southwest is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education that offer 28 bachelor’s degree programs, including in Christian Studies. Student...

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago is a graduate school and member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. The Chicago School uses a special model of education, The Engage Practitioner Model...

CUNY Graduate School and University Center

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is a graduate institution, with campuses in Chicago, Grayslake, Irvine, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Academics at The Chicago School are focused on service learning and hands-on experience, allowing...

The University of Puerto Rico in Ponce is the only campus in the UPR system in the southern region of Puerto Rico. UPR Ponce is home to 12 academic departments and an honors program. To provide an opportunity for students to earn money while taking...

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Its a perfectly competing university of the state of Puerto Rico and excels giving its students top notch education with well known professors recognized by their research.

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is a private, medical education institution with a campus maintained in Washington, DC. The college’s DC campus offers 18 academic programs that award master’s degrees, doctoral degrees, and graduate...

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Irvine is a graduate university. Despite the midwestern city in its name, it’s located in the Los Angeles area. Because the Irvine campus features a large Latinx population, The Chicago School...

Established in 1965, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez is a private, Christ-centered institution located in western Puerto Rico. As one of the world’s 25 pontifical universities, PUCPR offers over 30 undergraduate and eight...