M.A. in Forensic Psychology Online - Non Licensure
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Learn psychological theories applicable to criminal justice systems through the masters program in Forensic Psychology online program at The Chicago School. Forensic Psychology

M.A. in Forensic Psychology

Non-Licensure Track

  • Online
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 2 Years Full-Time / 4 Years Part-Time

The Chicago School’s M.A. in Forensic Psychology online program, non-licensure track, provides students with a strong foundation in psychology that can be applied to juvenile, civil, and criminal justice systems. Students enrolled in The Chicago School’s online programs will enjoy a transformative educational experience with the flexibility of a program that does not have to […]

The Chicago School’s M.A. in Forensic Psychology online program, non-licensure track, provides students with a strong foundation in psychology that can be applied to juvenile, civil, and criminal justice systems.

Students enrolled in The Chicago School’s online programs will enjoy a transformative educational experience with the flexibility of a program that does not have to interfere with their other commitments.

Guided by practitioner faculty, M.A. in Forensic Psychology online students will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Understanding the criminal personality
  • Crime prevention through risk assessment
  • Mental health law
  • Research in forensic psychology
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Trauma and crisis intervention
  • Community liaison work with legal, law enforcement, and social service agencies

Graduates from the M.A. in Forensic Psychology: Non-Licensure Track program are prepared to apply their skills to a wide range of professions, such as:

  • Corrections
  • Law enforcement
  • Military
  • Victim’s assistance programs
  • Treatments facilities
  • Social service agencies

M.A. in Forensic Psychology Online: Student Experience

Through the convenience of The Chicago School’s online programs, your life remains intact. Our online Global Student Dashboard is where you will find all of the components to successfully complete your program. There, you’ll find your coursework and assignments, interact with fellow students, and are ask questions from your instructor.

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Socio-Cultural Issues in Forensic Psychology

This course applies social psychological knowledge in the context of cultural sensitivity to the criminal and civil justice systems. Emphasis is placed on topics such as Social Psychological of justice institutions, environmental psychology, socialization into roles and identity, collective behavior, research on juries, attitude formation and change, and criminal identification. This course also highlights the impact of psychological disorders emphasizing the explicit linkage between socio-cultural change and the legal system.

Trauma and Crisis Intervention

This course addresses theories, research studies, and assessment techniques relating to various types of trauma such as childhood abuse, domestic violence, combat experience, surviving a natural disaster, and exposure to life-threatening incidents (such as those likely experienced by law enforcement and emergency services personnel). Crisis intervention techniques concerning the treatment of trauma-related difficulties, acute stress, and posttraumatic stress disorder are discussed.

Ethics and Professional Issues in Forensic Psychology

This course explores ethical and legal conflicts and dilemmas that might be encountered working within the legal system. Ways to resolve such conflict, including the standards applicable to the practice of forensic psychology are considered.

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution

Preparatory Coursework

  • Aside from general admission requirements, this track requires applicants to have successfully completed (with a grade earned of ‘C’ or better) at least one (1) undergraduate course in either statistics or research methods.

Because the coursework for this track is offered via distance learning format, students within this track must have access to a computer that is less than three years old, a broadband internet connection, and the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook, and at minimum, the following computing skills: A comfort with basic Internet technology; the ability to open and attach files from and to email; the ability to send and receive email, and the ability to save documents.

Applicants who do not have the required undergraduate coursework (one course in statistics or research methods) but who have relevant work experience may apply for waiver of this requirement for admission. Applicants without one of these courses must complete them in accordance with the policies outlined in the Progression Requirements section of the Catalog.

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Students applying to the M.A. in Forensic Psychology: Non-Licensure Track online program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay: Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 500-750 words). Essay must specifically address the program/specialization for which you are applying.
    • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options. In an essay format, please describe:
      • Why you chose this particular program/specialization * Cite specific experiences and examples.
      • Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity (see our Commitment to Diversity statement).
      • Your professional career goals as they relate to this specialization.
      • Why you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals.
  • Official college/university transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation

International Application Requirements

The Chicago School is dedicated to keep our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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