Welcome to the Forensic Psychology Program at the George Washington University. Housed within the Center for Professional Psychology, we offer two master's degrees for students with different career interests within the field.
M.A. in Forensic Psychology
The Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology degree addresses the nation's critical need for criminal profilers, competency experts, psychological evaluators, and related positions, to help solve crimes and prevent future criminal behavior. Potential employers include agencies involved in homeland security, federal and state law enforcement, correctional systems, and organizations that provide services to criminal offenders and their victims.
Students in the program receive a breadth and depth of education and training that combines extensive practical experience with required and elective courses and externship opportunities.
M.A. in Forensic Psychology and Counseling
The Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology and Counseling degree prepares individuals in the practice of counseling in a forensic setting and incorporates the eight content areas outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors. In addition to courses offered in the M.A. in Forensic Psychology degree, the Forensic Psychology and Counseling program fulfills the academic requirements needed for professional counselor licensure in many jurisdictions, although the specifications for each will vary. We therefore strongly urge prospective students to carefully review the particular requirements for their desired work location prior to enrollment.
The program also includes a supervised internship providing the student with fieldwork experience in a professional counseling setting.