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Master of Science in Forensic Psychology


The criminal justice system needs experts in the psychology of criminal behavior and what motivates it. Northcentral University’s Master of Science in Forensic Psychology (MSFP) program* helps prepare you to apply psychological principles in forensic settings and equips you to work within the justice system, with law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and departments of victim services. In this 100% online program, you will be immersed in the psychology of criminality through six courses specific to succeeding in this cutting-edge field, as well as four focused courses in your specialization to augment your depth of knowledge. As a master’s student, you will be expected to think critically and apply your problem-solving and creative thinking skills to practical application of forensic psychology, while adhering to ethical principles in research and academics.

Northcentral University’s Master of Science in Forensic Psychology program is designed to give you knowledge and understanding of human behavior in forensic psychology by examining policy and justice, victims and offenders, diversity and ethics, risk and threat assessment and management, theories of criminal behavior, and the evaluation and treatment in offender populations. There are two specializations you may select from: General Forensic Psychology or Threat Assessment and Management.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze theories and principles in psychology within forensic settings
  • Explain usage of diagnostic and assessment tools within forensic settings
  • Examine diversity issues within forensic settings
  • Evaluate ethical behavior within forensic settings
  • Synthesize research within forensic settings

Career Potential*

  • Behavior Analyst
  • Clinical Case Manager
  • College Professor/Instructor
  • Correctional Officer/Jailer
  • Mental Health/Behavioral Counselor
  • Mental Health Assistant
  • Probation Officer/Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Social/Human Services Manager
  • And many more, in public and private facilities of all different sizes!
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

MS in Forensic Psychology: Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 30 Credit Hours
Courses: 10 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 16 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

Note on Licensure: NCU’s psychology programs are not licensure programs and do not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional. Students in the MS in Forensic Psychology program may choose a non-clinical internship.