Applied Forensics

The M.A. in Forensic Psychology, Applied Forensics track prepares students for careers in law enforcement or homeland security (with little emphasis on direct client services). 

Suggested Courses

  • Psychology and the Legal System I 
  • Psychology and the Legal System II
  • Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • Psychopathology
  • Basics of Psychological Assessment
  • Ethics in Forensic Psychology
  • Research and Statistics
  • Consultation and Testimony
  • Any four electives (Recommended electives: Interrogation and Interviewing, Psychological Profiling, Police Psychology, Counterintelligence, and Terrorism and Counterterrorism)
  • 250 hours of externship training, tailored to a student's professional interest, at a law enforcement agency, treatment site, correctional institution, public defender's office, prosecutor's office, or other similar setting.

Students in this program are also required to pass a Comprehensive Examination. 

Recommended Electives

  • Evaluation and Treatment of Offenders
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Sex Offenders
  • Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment
  • Forensic Psychological Assessment
  • Issues in Family Law
  • Victimology
  • Children and Adolescents in the Legal System
  • Interrogation and Interviewing
  • Psychological Profiling
  • Police Psychology
  • Counterintelligence
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism