Online Master’s Degrees in Forensic Psychology

An online master’s degree in forensic psychology may equip individuals with the training needed to perform psychological analysis in a law enforcement setting. In this one to two-year program, students may learn how to gain an in-depth understanding of the legal system, assist law enforcement in addressing forensic issues, and provide agencies with research-based psychological evidence. Program coursework may include a combination of specialized electives and major coursework including advanced social psychology, behavior pathology, and psychology and law.

Upon graduation from the program, students may either seek employment or pursue a doctorate degree. Master’s-level graduates may gain employment in law enforcement, social services, government, criminal justice, and in clinical settings.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 22% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for a master’s-level forensic psychology degree program may include specialized electives along with major classes. These courses may teach students how to apply psychological principles to assist law enforcement officials with the psychological details of a case. Core forensic psychology classes may include the following:

  • Foundations of Forensic Psychology
  • Diversity Psychology
  • Psychology and Law
  • Behavior Pathology
  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Psychological Profiling
  • Community Psychology

Career Options

Master’s-level graduates may seek employment in criminal justice, law enforcement, social services, and government. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the psychology field is projected to increase by 22% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Criminal Analyst
  • Victim Advocate
  • Forensic Psychology Technician
  • Detective
  • Forensic Analyst

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete a master’s degree may have the opportunity to further their education by enrolling in a doctoral degree program. A doctoral degree in forensic psychology may prepare students to conduct psychological evaluations in a clinical setting.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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