M.A. in Forensic Psychology: Non-Licensure Track in Chicago

Program Description

This track is aimed at students with a minimum of three years post-baccalaureate work experience. It is ideal for those who are employed in related fields in the legal and public policy arenas including correctional facilities, social and governmental agencies, law enforcement, the military, and any employment situation where the law integrates with psychology. Courses are offered in an Online format. Students in the non-licensure track will complete an Applied Research Project (ARP) that integrates and applies program learning to an authentic workplace situation.


Forensic Psychology



Licensure track qualifies students to sit for professional counselor licensure in Illinois (LPC and LCPC)

Total Credits


Fieldwork Requirements

Licensure Track: 700 hours over 9-12 months

Program Time to Completion

2 years full time, 4 years part time
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A course in Psychology, with a grade earned of C or better
  • A course in Statistics, with a grade earned of C or better
  • A course in Research Methods, with a grade earned of C or better
  • N/A
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Forensic Mediation and Dispute Resolution
Focuses on emerging issues in mediation and mediation techniques for managing conflict. Dispute resolution techniques are also a strong focus of this course.

Hostage Negotiations
Examines strategies for negotiating a critical incident, understanding and managing the critical incident, and communication techniques, as well as understanding perpetrators, stress and stress management, and the Stockholm syndrome within a hostage situation. In addition, students gain an understanding of crisis negotiation, debriefing, hostage-taker demands, and the effects of time on a situation.

Evaluation and Treatment of the Juvenile Offender
Addresses the classification, assessment, and treatment of the juvenile offender. Various factors contributing to juvenile delinquency and empirically-based treatment approaches are discussed. Legal and institutional responses to juvenile crime are analyzed, and the role of the forensic clinician in the juvenile justice system is discussed utilizing case material. Case lectures and discussions, case examples, and video presentations are used to illustrate key concepts.

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