2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) 
    Aug 17, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022)

MS in Forensic Psychology

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Walden University’s MS in Forensic Psychology prepares individuals to work within settings that integrate psychology and the legal system, including jails and prisons, community corrections offices, law enforcement agencies, the military, victims’ advocacy programs and systems, and governmental agencies focused on criminal justice and crime.

Forensic psychology is a rapidly growing field. This program emphasizes the integration of psychology into forensic settings. It is especially geared toward professionals interested in career advancement and enhancement, rather than a move into clinical forensic practice with clients.

Thus, instead of leading to licensure or practice within forensic or correctional systems, graduates of this program leverage the benefits of psychology and clinical understanding to positively impact the larger forensic and criminal justice systems and to enhance personal career opportunities through graduate education.

The Walden focus on social justice and community benefit will give graduates the edge in making these systems that touch thousands of lives more functional and able to serve the populations within them.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze the role of psychology within the legal system.
  2. Promote social change through application of advanced psychological concepts/principles within forensic settings.
  3. Analyze the principles of research design as applied to forensic psychology research.
  4. Distinguish the professional roles and responsibilities that are unique to the practice of forensic psychology.
  5. Explain relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA and Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists) used in forensic work settings.
  6. Apply psychological theories relevant to criminal behavior in forensic psychology settings.
  7. Explain the assessment elements (psychological assessment, risk assessment, psychological reports) used within forensic psychology settings.

Degree Requirements

  • 48 total quarter credits (including 45 cr. completed at Walden)
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Capstone (5 cr.)


Note on Licensure

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

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