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M.S. in Forensic Psychology

Program Description

The Master of Science in Forensic Psychology is a 36-credit online program that provides students with insight into the intersection of psychology and legal issues. Students gain an understanding of what forensic psychologists do and will learn how to apply this training in a variety of professional contexts.

This degree program will provide students with the professional training necessary to function at an optimal level in a variety of forensic settings where psychology is used including: courts, law enforcement, criminal justice, national security offices, prisons, social services agencies, child welfare agencies, and treatment facilities.

Many students in our program have specialized in law, mental health or other health services and want to work in the forensic area. Others are interested in furthering their careers and assuming more senior level positions. Some of our students use this degree to make them more competitive when applying for a doctoral program.

The online format and non-clinical curriculum make the program an excellent option for working professionals needing to integrate graduate study with job responsibilities. The program also targets those living in rural or frontier areas in and outside the United States, those with limited or no access to this type of graduate level educational program, and individuals working non-traditional shift schedules, such as those in law enforcement, corrections, national security, and the military.

Webinars

The Forensic Psychology program will be hosting a series of free, topical webinars relating to the program. See below for dates/times and registration information.

Youth Suicide Prevention with Professor Scott Poland, Ed.D.
Monday, December 5, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST

Videos

Drs. Scott Poland and Douglas Flemons discuss their professional backgrounds and what students learn in their M.S. Forensic Psychology course: PSY 0918 Intervening in School & Workplace Violence.

Important Note

There is no licensure or certification in Florida or most states for Forensic Psychology at this time. It is considered a subspecialty of other clinical mental health or legal programs. If your career goal is to be a forensic psychologist or do clinical work, then it is suggested you consider our doctoral programs such as our Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, or Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, as these programs lead to the general psychology license in Florida and most states. Also, the M.S. in Forensic Psychology meets the prerequisites for these programs. If you want to be a mental health counselor at the Master's level, you can apply for our M.S. in Mental Health Counseling or M.S. in Counseling where you can obtain the requirements for licensing in Florida.