Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Forensic Psychology

On Campus
Classes start one time per year in August. Reserve your seat today!

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.

Practical Education

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.

Scholarships Available

Students in the MS in Forensic Psychology program may qualify for the Choose Ohio First Grant, a state-funded program that provides scholarships and educational opportunities for a variety of on-campus students. Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $4,000 per student per academic year, and are based on financial need. Scholarships may be awarded even if a student is already receiving scholarship support from other programs (academic, athletics, Tiffin Arts, etc.) The Choose Ohio First Scholarship is renewable, contingent on continued eligibility and state funding. 

Learn More About Grant Requirements


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:


Average degree completion for a full-time student
42 Credits
Average degree completion for a part-time student
42 Credits

At a Glance

Professional Fields

  • Probation and parole
  • Criminal profiling
  • Intelligence analysis
  • Case management
  • Pre-trial diversion work
  • Residential Treatment Specialist
  • Victim Advocate

Sample Courses

Psychology and Law (PSY511)

This class examines the theoretical and empirical bases for the field of forensic psychology. Students will explore how psychologists interact with offenders, victims and criminal justice agencies. 

Introduction to Forensic Psychology (PSY512)

The class is designed to present students with a broad overview of the field of Forensic Psychology. The course will explore the various applications of theories and research in psychology to aspects of the criminal justice system.

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