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Forensic Psychology, MS

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Master of Science in Forensic Psychology

Description of Program

The Master of Science (MS) in Forensic Psychology provides students with the knowledge and understanding of human behavior and how it is exhibited in legal setting and environments. The coursework in this degree program examines the use and application of psychology principles in correctional settings, characteristics of victimization and offenders, antecedents of aggression, and offender treatment strategies. This master’s level degree is not designed to lead towards licensure or certification. Employment options available with this training include, but are not limited to, correctional facilities, child welfare and advocacy organizations, community-based clinics and organizations, and mental health institutions. Students in this program are able to choose a non-clinical internship course/project or a research driven capstone course/project. This provides students with the option to choose between a path in which they can explore practical applications in an internship setting or engage in a research driven capstone project.

The Master of Science (MS), compared to the Master of Arts (MA), provides students with the understanding of statistical analysis and research methods. Generally, the MS degree has a strong research and quantitative analysis emphasis than an MA degree. The MS provides students with the knowledge that can lead to a path to a doctoral-level degree.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze theories and principles in psychology within the forensic settings
  • Explain usage of diagnostic and assessment tools within forensic settings
  • Examine diversity issues within forensic settings
  • Evaluate ethical behavior within forensic settings
  • Synthesize research within forensic settings

Basis for Admissions

Admission to the Master of Science program requires a conferred bachelor’s and/or a conferred master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

Additional State requirements may need to be met for Basis of Admissions into a program:

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science degree in Forensic Psychology requires a total of 30 credits for completion.

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the Master of Science in Forensic Psychology for graduate course work completed at an external accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit policy  for additional information.

Graduation requirements for the Master’s Degree in Psychology vary according to specialization selected.

All NCU master’s degree programs have the following graduation requirements:

  • A minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed through the University
  • Completion of subject area competency requirements for the graduate program
  • Elective courses must be relevant to the department’s graduate program
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited academic institution
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their diploma and/or degree posted transcript. 

Time to Completion

NCU allows 5 years to complete all Master’s programs of 36 credits or less.

The median time to completion for this program is 19 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 16 months.

Course Sequence

The Master of Science in Forensic Psychology program can be completed in 30 credits. 

All Master of Science programs require the foundation course to be completed prior to enrolling in specialization courses. If students choose the capstone stone, this course will be completed as the last course in the degree program. 

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