Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Forensic Psychology

On Campus
Hurry! Classes Start Jan 15, 2018
Classes Start Six Times Per Year For Ultimate Flexibility

Goals and Course Topics

Gain Research Based Understanding

Understand criminals. Understand their victims. Designed especially for those who are interested in examining the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system, TU’s Forensic Psychology program is primarily researched based and will prepare students for careers in the criminal justice system and mental health service agencies. Our 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 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 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 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 learning projects is a common occurrence.

Format

On Campus: 15-week terms per semester starting in January and August 

Who Is This 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 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 develop knowledge and expertise in substance abuse, psychopathology, personality assessment and research methods.

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 counseling. 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.
Average degree completion for a full time student
10 Semesters

At a Glance

  • Regional accreditations
  • No application fees
  • Flexible start dates
  • Accepts transfer credits

Sample Courses

Psychology and Law (PSY511)

This class examines the theoretical and empirical bases for the field of forensic psychology. Students will explore how psychologist interacts 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.

 

Legal and Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology (PSY530)

Forensic Psychologists encounter ethical conflicts when called upon to function in the criminal justice system. This course will focus on various ethical, legal and professional controversies and dilemmas. Analysis and resolution of these controversies and dilemmas will be explored. Topics include the psychologist-examinee relationship, the retaining party-examiner relationship, legal limits on confidentiality, the psychologist as expert witness, forensic psychology records, etc.

Find out what it takes to earn your

MS in CJ in Forensic Psychology!