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A guide to on-campus vs. online forensic psychology programs

Are you interested in a master’s degree in forensic psychology? Explore the differences between an on-campus and online program.

Deciding to pursue a degree in forensic psychology is just the beginning of the process.

Next, you’ll need to decide which program format fits your lifestyle best—on campus or online. There are benefits to each choice, so it’s important to do your research and make an informed decision that’s right for you.

Explore our guide to on-campus and online forensic psychology programs below. Also, before you start our guide, you may want to brush up on the difference between forensic psychology and criminal psychology.


The benefits of online forensic psychology programs

While you may think that forensic psychology degree programs can only be taken in person, you’d be mistaken. It can actually be easier for some students to study forensic psychology online.

After all, online education has skyrocketed in recent years. According to the Online Learning Consortium, over 6 million students are enrolled in at least one distance education course. Thanks to technology, such as video conferences and online dashboards, it’s easy to tune into lectures and interact with your peers.

Benefits of an online forensic psychology program include:

  • A flexible schedule
  • The ability to balance schoolwork with other personal and professional commitments
  • Gaining experience with initiative and independence
  • Saving money—especially when you factor in the money you save on commuting and travel
  • Improved technical skills by gaining experience with new online platforms and technologies

You can also customize your online program according to your interests. For example, TCSPP offers three online M.A. tracks: a non-licensure track, a professional counselor licensure track, and even an M.A. in psychology with a forensic psychology concentration.

If you prioritize a forensic psychology degree that can balance your educational goals with other responsibilities, an online forensic psychology program may be the most convenient for you.


The benefits of on-campus forensic psychology programs

On-campus forensic psychology programs can be immersive and offer unique field experiences that further your knowledge and career options.

Benefits of an on-campus forensic psychology program include:

  • The hands-on experience of being on a campus and building personal relationships
  • Getting to apply classroom skills in real-world situations with in-person training opportunities
  • Pursuing more specific forensic psychology concentrations such as police psychology, corrections, and child protection

If you have the time, resources, and ability to attend an in-person program, you can choose between part-time and full-time options. This can still provide flexibility while giving you an immersive experience.


Learn more about M.A. programs in forensic psychology

Interested in learning more about The Chicago School’s forensic psychology programs? Check out our forensic psychology programs page or fill out the form below to request more information.


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