Are you interested in becoming a forensic psychologist? For this you will need a graduate degree. This page will help you to locate suitable schools and to find out more about forensic psychology masters online programs and associated programs in criminology anf justice studies.
What is forensic psychology? It is the application of psychology in law and law enforcement. For example, it is used in treating mentally ill offenders, providing expert testimony in court, and also in analyzing a criminal's mind and intent. So to prepare for this work students need to take criminal justice and civil legal courses as well as psychology courses. And this is what a typical forensic psychology masters program covers.
Many working students prefer to take their degree online rather than on-campus, if you are interested in on campus degrees, check the on campus programs page.
The following is a list of selected online programs with various combinations of criminal justice, forensic psychology and criminology:
In a forensic psychology masters program, you learn how its principles are applied in a range of settings from correctional institutions to court systems to community-based programs. You also learn to provide psychological services within the criminal justice and civil legal systems. For example, you are trained to evaluate the psychological fitness of individuals who must stand trial. You must state and defend your psychological evaluations in court, so you need to be quick-witted and have good communication skills, as well as having the required psychological and legal knowledge.
Courses covered would include: epidemiology of mental/behavioral disorders; risk factors for violence and criminality; profiling and patterning; psychological testing, prediction and intervention measurement; assessment; criminal and civil law and procedures; forensic treatment and intervention skills; interpersonal skills, communication skills, and, professional standards and ethics. Usually you can select electives that will build your knowledge of how forensic psychology professionals work within an area that interests you, e.g., law enforcement, legal and organizational consultation, and program analysis.
You may find it useful to consider the programs available in the following areas:
Forensic psychology research work, consultation and clinical practice have grown considerably over recent years and this growth is expected to continue over the next ten years. There are now various sub-fields that a graduate with a masters in forensic psychology can work in, including: clinical-forensic psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, criminal investigative psychology. But graduates with a forensic psychology PhD have more career opportunities than those with only a forensic psychology masters degree.
Remuneration is good - in the US, a forensic psychologist salary is around US$70,000 (PayScales.com).
Browse the schools below to find a suitable school and program. Request information from several schools and compare the admission requirements and course content before you choose a program.
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