Goals and Course Topics
Gain Research Based Understanding
Understand people who commit crimes. Understand their victims. Designed especially for those who are interested in examining the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system, TU’s MS in Forensic Psychology program is primarily researched based and will prepare students for careers in the criminal justice system and mental health service agencies. Our MS in Forensic Psychology grads have gone on to work in state prison systems, community corrections agencies, federal, state and local law enforcement, victims’ services or have continued their education and obtained Ph.D. and Psy.D. degrees in Psychology and Forensic Psychology.
Your MS in Forensic Psychology Program
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree, with a concentration in Forensic Psychology is a professional practical degree program that attracts skilled managers, agents, and clinicians from many components of the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. Combined with the faculty who direct and facilitate the educational experiences in the MS in Forensic Psychology program, the school’s talented and multifaceted students complete the mixture and create an intellectual synergy that’s found in very few graduate programs.
Our MS in Forensic Psychology faculty bring years of executive, operations-level, clinical, academic, and research experience in criminal justice to the graduate learning process in a way that sparks debate, fosters insight and elicits innovation. Joint student-faculty collaboration on research and learning projects is a common occurrence.
On Campus: 15-week terms per semester starting in August
Who Is This MS in Forensic Psychology Program For?
This concentration is designed for students who are interested in examining the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system. The focus of the MS in Forensic Psychology program is on the many different aspects within psychology and law. The program is primarily research based and will prepare students for careers in the criminal justice system and/or mental health service agencies. Students will acquire specialized knowledge in substance abuse, psychopathology, personality assessment and research methods.
MS in Forensic Psychology students also study the application of psychological principles to the resolutions of problems in the administration of criminal justice, such as jury selection, police stress and employee consultation. Graduates can begin careers in either clinical settings where they work directly with offenders and victims or in a research setting where empirical answers are sought to crucial issues affecting the administration of criminal justice.
Note: The ability to practice as a professional psychologist or as a professional mental health counselor—is highly regulated in all states. TU programs (with the exception of the on-campus Addictions Counseling program) do not directly prepare one for practice as a counselor, psychotherapist, or psychologist.
OPTIONAL SECOND CONCENTRATIONS
You can enhance your skillset even more by adding just a few more courses for a second concentration. The MS in Criminal Justice program offers the following second concentrations: