Online Master of Science in Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychology is the study of how mental health and human behavior intersect with the law and the criminal justice system. This online Master of Science in Forensic Psychology program provides an overview of forensic psychology for students interested in career advancement, additional graduate study, or personal interest.

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Next start date: 05/18/2020


Total classes: 11

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 33

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The ASU Program on Law and Behavioral Science is one of the premier groups of scholars working on psychology-law topics in the world. The online MS in Forensic Psychology program will provide working professionals with an understanding of mental health issues and human behavior with respect to crime and the legal system. It involves specialized coursework on criminal law, criminal behavior, the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, and legal decision making. When courts are faced with cases in which a psychology-related question arises, they may turn to psychologists and ask for help with the case. For example, psychologists might assist the court in understanding a criminal's mental state at the time of a crime or whether a particular jury might have been biased against a defendant based on his or her race. This is the realm of forensic psychology.

Through these online courses, students will learn about the various roles for psychologists in the legal system and help them discover which roles they might like to pursue through careers in mental health, criminal justice, or through additional graduate training. (Note: this program will not make its graduates eligible for licensure for clinical practice.) Pursuing an online degree in Forensic Psychology will open up opportunities for career advancement for individuals employed in law enforcement, corrections, investigations, and mental health fields.

Featured courses


Required core

PSY 545 Advanced Legal Psychology (3)


Required core

PSY 547 Advanced Correctional Psychology (3)


Required core

PSY 573 Psychopathology (3)


Statistics and methods

PSY 500 Research Methods (3)


Statistics and methods

PSY 515 Quantitative Analysis I (3)


Criminal justice system

CRJ 501 Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)


Criminal justice system

CRJ 513 Seminar in Courts and Sentencing (3)


Culminating experience

PSY 549 Capstone in Forensic Psychology (3)


Related careers

The Master of Forensic Psychology program prepares graduates for a variety of positions in law enforcement, corrections, mental health administration, crime analysis, policy analysis, and mental health.  We train our students about issues in clinical/forensic psychology practice, but this program is not designed for professional clinical practice and will not lead to licensure as a psychologist. 

Forensic science technician

Criminal investigator

Prestigious faculty

As an ASU Online student, you’ll get the New College experience from the same faculty who teach our courses on campus from anywhere in the world. Our faculty members are some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. Our areas of expertise include psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, cybersecurity, forensic science and more.

Our mission is to create an environment that prepares students to take their place in the world using the skills they have learned to pursue careers that benefit their community.

Prestigious faculty

As an ASU Online student, you’ll get the New College experience from the same faculty who teach our courses on campus from anywhere in the world. Our faculty members are some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. Our areas of expertise include psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, cybersecurity, forensic science and more.

Our mission is to create an environment that prepares students to take their place in the world using the skills they have learned to pursue careers that benefit their community.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in psychology, criminal justice, social science, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Study at one of the top-ranked universities in the nation

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report. 

#1


in innovation for 5 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

4


New College graduate programs offered completely online.

Top 10%


Best Global Universities.

80%


of graduates reported that their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities. 

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