2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (March 2019) 
    
    Sep 27, 2020  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (March 2019) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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: Criminal Justice Self-Designed, Crisis Leadership Management, Crisis Response, Legal Issues in Forensic Psychology, Self-Designed, or Victimology.

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.

Specializations


Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.

For Students Entering With a BS Degree


Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation Course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (45 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Dissertation
    • Dissertation support courses (7 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • Four PhD residencies (4-day sessions)

Curriculum


Specialization Courses (15 cr.)


See each specialization page for the list of courses for that specialization.

Residency Requirements


  • Residency 1 – Complete face-to-face as soon as you begin your program.
  • Residency 2 – Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual at the beginning of your second year, around the time of second research course (RSCH 8310).
  • Residency 3 – Complete Residency 3 face-to-face once you have a prospectus in Walden’s review system.
  • Residency 4 – Complete Residency 4 while in the development stage of your Proposal:
    • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404)
      OR
    • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability)
      OR
    • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during FPSY 9000 to progress toward completion and defense of the dissertation. Contact Student Success Advising to register.
  • Optional* – Complete a dissertation intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during FPSY 9000. Contact Student Success Advising to register.

Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation


  • OR
  • AND

  • Students take this course for a minimum of four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation course shell.

    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.

Course Sequence for Students Entering With a BS Degree


Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5 Specialization Course 5 cr.
   5 cr.
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
7 Specialization Course 5–6 cr.
   5 cr.
8    2 cr.
   5 cr.
9    5 cr.
Specialization Course 5–6 cr.
10+   OR    5 cr.
 * 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation course shell.

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.

Fast-Track Option Program of Study for BS Entry


Walden offers a Fast-Track Option. With the Fast-Track Option, students take additional courses and begin their dissertation early to expedite their path through the program.

Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (45 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Dissertation
    • Dissertation support courses (7 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (continuously enrolled until completion)
  • Four PhD residencies (4-day sessions)

In addition, students must

  • Pass a writing assessment.
  • Submit an application essay.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Walden students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation course shell.

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.

Course Sequence


Note: PhD in Forensic Psychology Fast-Track Option courses are identified with an APSY course prefix for enrollment purposes. APSY course descriptions align with corresponding FPSY courses, as listed below.

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
1    5 cr.
1  * 5 cr.
2    5 cr.
2    5 cr.
2    5 cr.
2  **  1 cr.
3    5 cr.
3    5 cr.
3 APSY  8XXX Specialization #1 5 cr.
3  **  1 cr.
4    5 cr.
4    5 cr.
4    5 cr.
4  **  1 cr.
5 APSY 8XXX Specialization #2 5 cr.
5    5 cr.
5    2 cr.
5    5 cr.
5  **  1 cr.
6    5 cr.
6 APSY 8XXX Specialization #3 5 cr.
6   OR    5 cr.
6  **  1 cr.
7+    5 cr. per term for a minimum of 3 terms; taken continuously until completion

 *FPSY 8720 aligns with APSY 8722 Abnormal Behavior.
**FPSY 9000 aligns with APSY 9000A Dissertation Prep.

For Students Entering With an MS Degree


Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Research courses (10 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Dissertation
    • Dissertation support courses (7 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • Four PhD residencies (4-day sessions)

Curriculum


Specialization Courses (15 cr.)


See each specialization page for the list of courses for that specialization.

Residency Requirements


  • Residency 1 – Complete face-to-face as soon as you begin your program.
  • Residency 2 – Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual at the beginning of your second year, around the time of second research course.
  • Residency 3 – Complete Residency 3 face-to-face once you have a prospectus in Walden’s review system.
  • Residency 4 – Complete Residency 4 while in the development stage of your Proposal:
    • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404)
      OR
    • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability)
      OR
    • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during FPSY 9000 to progress toward completion and defense of the dissertation. Contact Student Success Advising to register.
  • Optional* – Complete a dissertation intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during FPSY 9000. Contact Student Success Advising to register.

Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation


  • OR
  • AND

  • Students take this course for a minimum of four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation course shell.

    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.

Course Sequence for Students Entering With an MS Degree


Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
Specialization Course 5 cr.
3    5 cr.
Specialization Course 5–6 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5 Specialization Course 5–6 cr.
   5 cr.
6    2 cr.
   5 cr.
7+   OR    5 cr.
 * 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation course shell.

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.

Fast-Track Option Program of Study for MS Entry


Walden offers a Fast-Track Option. With the Fast-Track Option, students take additional courses and begin their dissertation early to expedite their path through the program.

Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Research courses (10 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Dissertation
    • Dissertation support courses (7 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (continuously enrolled until completion)
  • Four PhD residencies (4-day sessions)

Students must also

  • Pass a writing assessment.
  • Submit an application essay.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Walden students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation study course shell.

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.

Course Sequence


Note: PhD in Forensic Psychology Fast-Track Option courses are identified with an APSY course prefix for enrollment purposes. APSY course descriptions align with corresponding FPSY courses, as listed below. 

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
1    5 cr.
1    5 cr.
1   1 cr.
2 APSY 8XXX Specialization #1 5 cr.
2    5 cr.
2 APSY 8XXX Specialization #2 5 cr.
2   1 cr.
3    5 cr.
3 APSY 8XXX Specialization #3 5 cr.
3    5 cr.
3    2 cr.
3   1 cr.
4    5 cr.
4    5 cr.
4   OR    5 cr.
4  **  2 cr.
5+    5 cr. per term for a minimum of 3 terms; taken continuously until completion

*FPSY 9000 aligns with APSY 9000A Dissertation Prep.
**FPSY 9000 aligns with APSY 9000B Dissertation Prep.

Note on Licensure


The PhD in Forensic Psychology is not a licensure-leading program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start or readmit to doctoral programs at Walden University in the university catalog for academic year 2017 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe


Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements (see Enrollment Requirements). Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

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