The Master of Science in Forensic Psychology is a 36-credit online program that provides students with insight into the intersection of psychology and legal issues. Students gain an understanding of what forensic psychologists do and will learn how to apply this training in a variety of professional contexts.
This degree program will provide students with the professional training necessary to function at an optimal level in a variety of forensic settings where psychology is used including courts, law enforcement, criminal justice, national security offices, prisons, social services agencies, child welfare agencies, and treatment facilities.
Many students in our program have specialized in law, mental health, or other health services and want to work in the forensic area. Others are interested in furthering their careers and assuming more senior-level positions. Some of our students use this degree to make them more competitive when applying for a doctoral program.
The online format and non-clinical curriculum make the program an excellent option for working professionals needing to integrate graduate study with job responsibilities. The program also targets those living in rural or frontier areas in and outside the United States, those with limited or no access to this type of graduate-level educational program, and individuals working non-traditional shift schedules, such as those in law enforcement, corrections, national security, and the military.
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The M.S. in Forensic Psychology program periodically hosts free webinars conducted by program faculty in areas relating to the program. Included in the webinars are an overview of the program and information about applying to it. Sessions are recorded and links are included below. See below for dates/times and registration information.
Dr. Greg Vecchi discusses grievance-based active killers in school and work environments and examines a methodology that uses behavioral analysis to increase the success of predicting and preventing these occurrences.
There is no licensure or certification in Florida or most states for Forensic Psychology at this time. It is considered a subspecialty of other clinical mental health or legal programs. If your career goal is to be a forensic psychologist or do clinical work, then it is suggested you consider our doctoral programs such as our Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, or Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, as these programs lead to the general psychology license in Florida and most states. Also, the M.S. in Forensic Psychology meets the prerequisites for these programs. If you want to be a mental health counselor at the Master's level, you can apply for our M.S. in Counseling where you can obtain the requirements for licensing in Florida.
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To be considered for admission to graduate study, the applicant is required to present evidence of scholastic ability and possess a strong interest in the area of Forensic Psychology. Minimum requirements include a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Complete the online application form.
Submit a nonrefundable application fee of US $50.
Submit a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Official transcripts from all schools attended and/or agency evaluation of foreign degrees must be submitted.
Have a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credits of undergraduate study OR completion of a minimum of 18 credits of graduate study with a GPA of 3.0 or better OR completion of the GRE test with a preferred score of 300 or 1000 (previous version of exam) in the verbal and quantitative sections. (Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average below a 3.0, but 2.5 or higher, who have proven work experience in law, law enforcement, corrections, criminal justice, or a related field may be considered. An interview may be required.).
Submit a 500-word essay explaining your interest in the field of Forensic Psychology. Describe how your professional, academic, and personal experiences led you to apply to a master’s level degree to this program. Include your full name on the essay. The personal statement helps us get to know you beyond the objective data provided in the review of your course grades and other objective information. It also demonstrates your ability to communicate your thoughts in a professional, organized, and succinct manner.
Submit two academic or professional letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your aptitude for graduate study.
Show proof of English proficiency (if applicable).
An interview may be required for admission to the program.
Note: All students are admitted into the graduate study only. Upon completion of the first 4 courses with a 3.0 GPA or better, they will be matriculated into the degree program. Students who do not meet this standard will be discontinued in the program.
The program will accept applications for non-degree seeking students (special students) who may take up to four courses without applying for full admission to the degree program. These students will need the approval of the program director. They will be required to follow all procedures if they wish to apply for full admission to the program.
Foreign nationals who reside outside the U.S. at the time of application, and whose native language is not English, must present evidence of proficiency in English by satisfactorily completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Score requirements are the same as undergraduate admission and are as follows: minimum paper score =550; minimum computerized score = 213; minimum internet score=79). A score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (ILETS) exam is accepted in lieu of the TOEFL.
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