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2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017)

PhD in Forensic Psychology


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Students in Walden’s PhD in Forensic Psychology program will explore the systems and programs that strive to create positive change in the legal system and community settings. Students can broaden their understanding of advanced forensic psychology and examine ways to evaluate programs designed for populations such as the incarcerated, recently released offenders, the mentally ill, and juvenile offenders. Walden’s PhD in Forensic Psychology program offers a variety of specializations to help students meet their personal and professional goals. Students may choose from the General Program or the following specializations:

Learning Outcomes


As graduates of this program, students will be prepared to:

  1. Evaluate behavior using psychological theory and research from a forensic psychology perspective.
  2. Analyze seminal works in forensic psychology in terms of their relation to education and/or research.
  3. Differentiate between advanced legal concepts pertaining to forensic psychology.
  4. Integrate principles of advanced research methods to produce independent scholarly research related to forensic psychology.
  5. Evaluate how assessment elements (psychological assessment, risk assessment, psychological reports) are used within forensic psychology settings.
  6. Engage in decision making using relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA and Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists) in forensic work settings.
  7. Promote social change through the integration of principles of forensic psychology in scholarly and/or professional activities.

Degree Requirements


  • 110 quarter credits
  • Core courses (75 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Dissertation (20 cr. [minimum requirement]–120 cr. [8-year maximum timeframe])*
  • PhD residencies (four 4-day sessions)

*To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.

Specialization Courses (15 cr.)


Specialization courses are listed for each specialization.

Dissertation Course (20 cr. [minimum requirement]–120 cr. [8-year maximum timeframe])*


  • FPSY 9000 - Dissertation I-IV *To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.

Course Sequence


Quarter Course Credits
1 FPSY 8002 - Foundations of Graduate Studies in Psychology   3 cr.
FPSY 8102 - Intersection of Crime, Psychology, and the Law   5 cr.
2 FPSY 8720 - Advanced Psychopathology and Personality Disorders   5 cr.
FPSY 8135 - Criminal Behavior   5 cr.
3 FPSY 8910 - Legal Issues and Social Change in Forensic Psychology   5 cr.
FPSY 8126 - Understanding Violence, Risk, and Threat Assessment   5 cr.
4 FPSY 8762 - Teaching of Psychology   5 cr.
RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  OR FPSY 8116 - Understanding Forensic Psychology Research   5 cr.
5 FPSY 8201 - Psychological Aspects of Violent Crime   5 cr.
RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
FPSY 8700 - Dissertation Literature Review Lab   5 cr.
6 RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
FPSY 8314 - Program Evaluation   5 cr.
7 FPSY 8202 - Criminal Investigative Analysis and Profiling   5 cr.
RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  OR RSCH 8460 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
8 FPSY 8400 - Advanced Issues in Forensic Psychology   5 cr.
FPSY 8115 - Writing A Quality Prospectus in Psychology   5 cr.
9 FPSY 8214 - Consulting for Organizational Change   5 cr.
FPSY 8203 - Victimology   5 cr.
10+ FPSY 9000 - Dissertation I-IV * 20 cr. (minimum requirement)–120 cr. (8-year maximum timeframe)*

*To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.

Program Data


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