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Forensic Psychology

M.A. in Psychology

Forensic Psychology Concentration

  • Online
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 1 Year Full-Time / 2 Years Part-Time

By providing a thorough understanding of the principles, theories, and applications of psychology, students in the M.A. in Psychology, Forensic Psychology Concentration program will learn skills that can be applied within forensic settings. Master of Arts in Psychology, Forensic Psychology Concentration students will take 21 credit hours in foundational psychology, 9 credit hours within their […]

By providing a thorough understanding of the principles, theories, and applications of psychology, students in the M.A. in Psychology, Forensic Psychology Concentration program will learn skills that can be applied within forensic settings.

Master of Arts in Psychology, Forensic Psychology Concentration students will take 21 credit hours in foundational psychology, 9 credit hours within their forensic psychology concentration, and 6 credit hours in an applied research project focused on forensic psychology.

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

  • Research in forensic psychology
  • Ethics and professional issues in forensic psychology
  • Addictive disorders, evaluation, and treatment options
  • Diagnostic interviewing

Through attainment of foundational psychology principles, M.A. in Psychology, Forensic Psychology Concentration program graduates can take on outreach and leadership roles in careers with a forensic component, including:

  • Nonprofit agencies such as child protective or family service agencies
  • Consultation with law enforcement, judges, or domestic violence shelters
  • Advocacy or victim assistance
  • Research centers or public policy making

M.A. in Psychology, Forensic Psychology Concentration: Online Program Student Experience

Through the convenience of the online degree programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology®, your life remains intact. Our online Global Student Dashboard is where you will find all of the components to successfully complete your psychology program. There, you’ll find your coursework and interact with fellow students and your professors.

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Ethics and Professional Issues

This course reviews standards, ethics codes, and laws applicable to the forensic mental health practitioner and scientist. Ethical and legal conflicts and dilemmas a forensic practitioner might encounter while working within the legal system are explored, as are ways to resolve such issues. The role of regulatory agencies and professional associations is reviewed. The American Counseling Association Code of Ethics is emphasized.

Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewing

This online forensic psychology course addresses theoretical and practical issues related to clinical forensic interviewing and diagnosing that includes information gathering, effective listening, rapport building, and the assessment of mental status. In addition, the impact of culture and diversity on interviewing and diagnosing is explored.

Assessment and Treatment of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

This course examines substance use and abuse with a focus on symptom formation, classification, causes, socio-cultural factors, and treatment modalities; various theoretical approaches to the etiology and treatment of substance abuse and resultant psychological and physiological effects of various drugs. Other addictive disorders are also reviewed.

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Application to the M.A. in Psychology, Forensic Psychology Concentration online degree program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the M.A. in Psychology, Forensic Psychology Concentration program must submit the following:

  • Application
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  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Students should ensure their resume properly highlights two or more years of post-baccalaureate work experience.
  • 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
      • 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.

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