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2017-2018 Catalog (March 2018)

Self-Designed–PhD in Forensic Psychology

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Students can gain a broad understanding of the forensic psychology field and how its principles are applied in a range of settings, from correctional institutions to court systems to community-based programs. The Self-Designed specialization allows students to create a unique learning program to deepen their understanding of forensic psychology. Students will select electives that will build their knowledge of how forensic psychology professionals work within the legal system and in community-based programs, with an emphasis on preventing and reducing criminal behavior as well as understanding victimization.  

Specialization Courses (15 cr.)

Students may choose any three 5-credit courses from other PhD in Forensic Psychology specializations.

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 - Abnormal Behavior   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 Specialization course 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 Specialization course 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.
Specialization course 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.