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M.A. in Forensic Psychology

Professional Counselor Licensure Track

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Full-Time
  • 2 Years

A master’s degree in Forensic Psychology, Professional Counselor Licensure Track will open doors to a variety of professional opportunities that apply the art and science of psychology to the understanding and functioning of legal and related fields, including such areas as evaluating criminal minds and detecting criminal action. Forensic psychology students at The Chicago School’s Southern […]

A master’s degree in Forensic Psychology, Professional Counselor Licensure Track will open doors to a variety of professional opportunities that apply the art and science of psychology to the understanding and functioning of legal and related fields, including such areas as evaluating criminal minds and detecting criminal action. Forensic psychology students at The Chicago School’s Southern California campuses will learn from experienced faculty through a practitioner-focused curriculum and obtain the mastery needed to use psychology in legal and public policy arenas in an ethical, academically informed, and research-based manner.

Students enrolled in the M.A. Forensic Psychology program at our California campuses benefit from a broad range of applied and real-world learning experiences through the department’s Forensic Training Institute and may participate in projects such as providing forensic assessment, clinical treatment, and program measurement services; and conducting staff training for both defending and prosecuting attorneys, as well as police officers.

Through the preparation and presentation of training materials at the Forensic Training Institute, students develop an in-depth understanding of topics covered in the classroom and develop essential contacts within the forensic community, including the Los Angeles Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, Coroner’s Office, and City Attorney’s office.

The M.A. in Forensic Psychology: Professional Counselor Licensure Track program at our Los Angeles campus prepares students to sit for the national licensure exam to become a professional clinical counselor.

M.A. in Forensic Psychology, Professional Counselor Licensure Track: L.A. Student Experience

Immersed in the heart of the most diverse city in the most diverse state in the U.S., students attending the Los Angeles Campus will benefit from significant networking opportunities as they experience real-world training in the city’s rapidly evolving downtown business district. Together they learn from and work side-by-side with an experienced, qualified, and passionate faculty practitioners.

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In addition, students enrolled in the program are offered the opportunity for hands-on learning through ConCISE, a student run consulting firm with a mission of providing solutions to business and organizations throughout Southern California.

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Trauma and Crisis Interventions

Explores theories, research, and treatment modalities related to various types of trauma (i.e., combat; childhood abuse and neglect; and exposure to violence, rape, and domestic violence). Through the course work, students develop knowledge related to post-traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder. Students also acquire knowledge related to vicarious stress/secondary stress, and explore unique aspects of working with individuals that have experienced trauma.

Mental Health Law

Examines landmark legal cases that have shaped the activities and practices of mental health professionals, the civil rights of persons with mental disabilities, and the uses of mental health knowledge within the legal arena. Students are exposed to the legal system, constitutional law, and case law. Focus is placed on those cases pertaining to expert witness testimony, violence risk assessment, criminal responsibility (insanity), capital punishment, sexual dangerousness, civil commitment, civil and criminal competencies, confidentiality, professional liability, and personal injury.

Tactical and Field Psychology

This course will examine levels of assessing and managing the physical, emotional and psychological skills required in Tactical and Field Psychology. Topics include Psychological Assessment, Psychology Disorder, Conflict Management, Physiological Response to Critical Situations, Siege Management and Crisis Negotiation/Crisis Management.

The MA Forensic Psychology, Professional Counselor Licensure Track program aligns with degree, coursework, and supervised experience requirements to be eligible for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California. Candidates for licensure must pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) and the California Law and Ethics Examination. Additional post-master’s supervised experience is required in order to qualify for licensure in California. All candidates are also required to complete the application process, which may include fees and/or a background check. For further information about licensure in California, please visit the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Licensure and Certification FAQ

Students in the Professional Counselor Licensure Track must express their intent to apply for practicum/internship (see the Office of Applied Professional Practice Forensic Training Manual). Faculty reviews each student’s progress in the program to inform decisions regarding student’s readiness to apply to practicum/internship.

More specific information is located in the Program Guidebook.

Send application materials to:

Admissions Operations
c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
203 N LaSalle St., Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60601

Students applying to the M.A. in Forensic Psychology 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 making sure to 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.
      • 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
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant work or volunteer experiences, who can appraise your academic or professional performance. If you are mailing in your letters, they should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal. You can also submit the letters online via the applicant portal.
  • Aside from general admission requirements, this track requires an applicant to have successfully completed (with a grade earned of ‘C’ or better) at least one (1) undergraduate course in either statistics or research methods. Applicants without one of these courses must complete them in accordance with the policies outlined in the Progression Requirements section of the Catalog.
  • Optional:  Official GRE scores may be used to enhance your application
    • You must arrange for your official GRE scores to be sent to the school. Our school code is 1119.
    • Students who have yet to take the GRE examination should contact them at to register for an exam date.
    • Students who have taken the test within the last five years should contact them at, to have their scores forwarded directly to the school.

International Application Requirements

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping 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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