2021-2022 Catalog

Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology


This program prepares its graduates for a career in a variety of settings, including restorative justice organizations, probation, parole and correctional settings. Students will gain theoretical knowledge of the criminal justice system, methods of forensic assessment and forensic intervention and treatment in criminal justice contexts. This program is uniquely based on the principles of restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence. Students completing this program are not eligible for state licensure as an MFT or LPCC.


Forensic Psychology Learning Outcomes

1. Familiarity with the Legal and Criminal Justice Systems

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of the legal and criminal justice systems as well as core legal cases relevant to the practice of Forensic Psychology.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the culture of institutionalization and is able to utilize emotional intelligence and set appropriate boundaries when interacting with various individuals in forensic institutional settings.

2. Professional, Ethical and Legal Competence

  • Knowledge of forensic psychological evaluation methods, including specialized assessment instruments used in forensic psychological practice.
  • Students will develop awareness of the legal and ethical standards as they apply to professional forensic practice.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery in their ability to think critically and apply legal and ethical standards to resolve ethical dilemmas while maintaining fidelity to principles of social justice.

3. Diversity and Cultural Competence

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of contextual influences on individual behavior and diversity of perspectives, including those related to race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, nationality and culture.
  • Students will understand the importance of cultural competence and diversity while demonstrating the capacity to engage in self-reflection, particularly on their implicit biases as evidenced by the ability to monitor their effect on others while engaging in professional activities.

4. Research and Writing Fluency

  • Demonstrate ability to gather, read, synthesize and critically evaluate and interpret psychological and psycho-legal research and how it applies to forensic practice and one’s own work.
  • Communicate effectively through oral and written presentations and reports and demonstrates appropriate use of APA style.

5. Theory

  • Describe and apply major areas of psychological and criminological theories in the practice of forensic psychology.
  • Articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues and inform public policy related to the practice of forensic psychology.





CPSY 203Foundations of Forensic Psychology


CPSY 206Forensic Psychology and the Law


CPSY 207Psychology of Criminal Behavior


CPSY 208Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment


CPSY 209Interventions and Treatment in Forensic Psychology


CPSY 211Forensics: Psychometrics and Assessment


CPSY 212Forensic Psychology Professional Practice Seminar


CPSY 213Motivational Conversations: Focus on Change


CPSY 226Advanced Issues in Correctional and Community Counseling


CPSY 230Human Diversity in Counseling


CPSY 245DDomestic Violence Assessment and Treatment


CPSY 286Supervised Forensic Practicum and Case Seminar


CPSY 298Integrating Seminar


Total Credit Hours:38
*CPSY 286:  2 semesters