Masters in the Europe
Maastricht University in the Netherlands offers a Master of Science degree in Forensic Psychology. The program requires 24 months of coursework to complete and includes classes in Eyewitnesses and Victims; Interrogation & Interviewing Strategies; Forensic Neuropsychology; Young Offenders; Experts and their Decisions; Personality Disorders; Professional Ethics; Criminal Law; Forensic Assessment in Child Custody and Child Abuse Cases and Malingering.
The University of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom offers a Master of Science degree in Forensic Psychology. Students spend 12 months on campus completing course work in research methods; forensic pathology; investigative psychology; legal psychology; rehabilitation and recidivism. In addition; students complete an independent research project and dissertation.
Teesside University in Middlesbrough; United Kingdom; offers a Master of Science degree program in Forensic Psychology that is accredited by the British Psychological Society. The program can be completed in one year on a full-time basis or in two years on a part-time basis. Eight core modules are required for completion.
Glasgow Caledonian University in the United Kingdom offers a Master of Science degree in Forensic Psychology that carries the distinction of being the only British Psychological Society-accredited program in Scotland. To complete the 12-month program; students must take courses in the Psychology of Criminal Behaviour; Psychology and the Legal Process; Professional Skills in Forensic Settings; Analytical Methods; Psychological Assessment; Applying Forensic Psychology; Interventions with Offenders and Children; Young Persons and the Law.
Kingston University in London; United Kingdom; offers a Master of Arts degree in Criminology with Forensic Psychology. Students have the option to complete the coursework full time over one year or part time over two years. Required classes include Crime; Harm and Justice; Criminological Research in Practice; Global Terrorism and Transnational Crime; Investigative and Legal Processes in Forensic Psychology; Terrorism; Political Violence and Human Rights; The Politics of Crime in the Black Atlantic; and Criminology with Forensic Psychology. A dissertation is also mandatory.
Royal Holloway University of London in the United Kingdom offers a Master of Science degree in Forensic Psychology. With full-time study; the degree program can be completed in 12 months. A 24-month part-time course of study is also offered. All students complete a dissertation and take classes in Research Based Practice in Forensic Psychology; Young People in the Criminal Justice System; The Legal Process; Aspects of the Investigative Process; Advanced Techniques in Social and Behavioural Research and Statistics for Research.
Coventry University in the United Kingdom offers a Master of Science degree program in Forensic Psychology and Crime. The course of study requires 36 months to complete and includes both on-campus and online classes. Among the required courses are: Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour; Research Methods in Psychology; Violent Crime; Criminal and Civil Justice Responses to Crime; Psychology in Forensic Decision Making; Practice and Contemporary Developments in Forensic Psychology; Risk Assessment and Offender Programmes and Introduction to the English Legal System.
Edinburgh Napier University in the United Kingdom offers a Master of Science degree in Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology. As a part of the 12-month full-time program, students will complete a dissertation and participate in a practical work placement. In addition, the curriculum includes classes in Practical Forensic Psychology; Advanced Forensic Psychology; Criminal Justice in Practice; Current Topics in Crime; Comparative and International Criminology; Advanced Research Skills; Community Safety and Mediation; and Investigative Journalism.
The University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham; United Kingdom; offers a Master of Science degree in Forensic Psychology that is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society. The program is intended for working professionals and is accordingly only offered as a 24-month part-time course of study. In addition to a dissertation; students take classes in Psychology; Investigation and the Legal Process; Offenders: Causes; Assessment and Treatment; Issues in Sexual Offending; Professional Skills; Practitioner Forensic Psychologist; and Advanced Research Methods.
Coventry University in the United Kingdom offers a Master of Science degree in Forensic Psychology. The program requires 12 months of full-time study to complete and carries the accreditation of the British Psychological Society. Students are required to complete a series of modules to receive the degree.
Masters in the United States
The University of Houston Victoria in Victoria, Texas, United States, offers a Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology. The program lasts for 2 years and culminates with a practicum work placement where students are able to gain experience working under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. Required courses for the program include Psychopathology I and II, Advanced Research Methods, Assessment for Forensic Psychology, Multicultural Psychology, Advanced Social Psychology, Ethics and Practice of Psychology, Theories and Issues in Psychotherapy, Techniques of Psychotherapy, Personality Assessment, Group Psychotherapy and Advanced Forensic Psychology. Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with previous coursework in statistics, research and abnormal psychology.
California Baptist University in Riverside, California, United States, offers a Master of Science degree in Forensic Psychology that takes a Christian Biblical approach to the subject. The program lasts for two years and includes a two-part practicum work placement where students provide psychological services under the supervision of a licensed professional. Required courses include research methods, statistical analysis, criminal profiling and biological bases of behavior. To be accepted to the program, students must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students with a lower grade point average may be considered if they have high Graduate Record Exam scores.
The University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, United States, offers a Master of Arts degree in forensic psychology. Students spend the first year of the two-year program taking courses in Cognitive Assessment; Cog Behavioral Interventions; Psychopathology, Evaluation & Treatment of the Adult Offender; and Sociocultural Issues in Forensic Psychology. Then, students spend one year completing a practicum experience working as a psychologist under the supervision of a licensed professional. Admission to the program requires a bachelor’s degree in law, criminal justice, psychology or a related field with a satisfactory grade point average. International students will be required to submit IELTS or TOEFL test scores to verify fluency in English.
George Washington University in Washington, District of Columbia, United States, offers a Master of Arts degree in forensic psychology. The program lasts for two years and is highly flexible with day, evening and weekend classes available to meet the needs of students who are working while attending school. As a part of the program requirements, students must complete a 250-hour externship training. Required courses include Psychology and the Legal System, Victimology, Issues in Family Law and Counterintelligence. To be considered for admission, students must submit evidence of a bachelor’s degree, Graduate Record Examination test scores, two letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. An interview is also required.
Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, United States, offers a Master of Arts degree in Forensic and Legal Psychology. The program lasts for two years and requires students to complete either a work placement practicum or directed research. All students must complete a master’s thesis and take courses in research design, quantitative methods, forensic psychology, psychology and law, clinical assessment and adult psychopathology. Qualified applicants will have a bachelor’s degree and satisfactory Graduate Record Examination test scores. A two-page letter of intent, three letters of recommendation and a research writing sample are also required for admissions consideration.