Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology @ John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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ohnjay.jpg” alt=”" width=”191″ height=”264″ />After having reviewed the five fully online masters programs in forensic psychology, numerous requests were received for more information on the campus-based masters programs in forensic psychology that are available. Thus, this series of articles will review each of the masters programs in forensic psychology and provide information on each program in a similar format so as to assist in comparisons between the various options.

I begin by reviewing the Masters Program in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In the interest of full disclosure, let me state that I am currently a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and that I taught in the masters program between 2002 and 2005. I do not currently teach in the masters program as my teaching time is split between the undergraduate and doctoral programs.

The goal of this series of articles is simply to provide information in a consistent format to assist those individuals who are considering an education in forensic psychology and not to convince anyone to attend a particular program. Having been a professor in this field for the last 13 years I am familiar at some level with almost every forensic psychology program available in North America. Many undergraduate students are not familiar with all the possible options and so this series will lay them out in a consistent format for ease of comparison.

Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology – John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Program Description

From the website: The Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology is designed to train practitioners to provide psychology services to, and within, the criminal and civil justice systems as well as to prepare students for doctoral study in psychology. The 42-credit curriculum focuses on the understanding, evaluation and treatment of both offenders and victims. Through the curriculum, students are provided with an advanced understanding of psychological development and psychopathology, personality assessment, psychotherapeutic techniques and research methods.

In the Forensic Psychology Program, students may take an externship consisting of a minimum of 300 hours in an appropriate psychological setting under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or other trained mental health professional approved by the program director. Alternatively, qualified students may complete a thesis.

Specializations

There are no specializations in this program per se. Rather, all students complete the same required coursework and then choose from the available electives, according to their interests and goals. In addition, students decide whether they would prefer to complete a practicum (externship) experience, working in a forensic setting under the supervision of a doctoral-level psychologist, or a master’s thesis project. For students who desire to continue their education in a doctoral program, it is strongly recommended that they complete the thesis track (they may also choose to complete the externship as well but the thesis track is important for being competitive in applying to doctoral programs).

Credits

A total of 42 credits are required. This includes 39 credits for coursework (13 courses) and 3 credits for a 300-hour externship/practicum or a thesis.

Thesis

Not required. (Must choose between a thesis and a 300-hour externship experience)

Externship/Practicum

Required, unless the student chooses to complete a thesis instead.

Admission Requirements

From the website: Students must be graduates of an accredited four-year college. The minimum undergraduate G.P.A. is 3.0. Students must have completed at least 12 undergraduate credits in psychology. Although undergraduate courses in Statistics and Experimental Psychology are required in addition to those credits, a student may be accepted as a conditional matriculant while completing the latter courses at John Jay College, but before taking master’s level courses. G.R.E.’s are required for applicants, and most students who are accepted have a combined score of at least 1000 on the Verbal and Quantitative combined.

Tuition & Fees

In-State Residents

In-state residents who are full-time students (12 credits per semester; 4 courses) pay tuition at the rate of $4,105 per semester. Part-time students (fewer than 12 credits per semester) pay tuition at the rate of $345 per credit hour plus $65 for each additional contact hour in excess of credit hours.

Out-of-State Residents

Out-of-state residents pay tuition at the rate of $640 per credit hour.

Coursework

Required Coursework (24 credits; 8 courses)

Psychology 700 Mental Health Professionals, Social Science and the Law

Psychology 715 Research Design and Methods

Psychology 745 Psychopathology

Psychology 769 Intermediate Statistics in the Social Sciences

Two of the following psychological testing courses

Psychology 734 Criminal Psychological Assessment

Psychology 751 Intellectual and Cognitive Assessment

Psychology 752 Projective Personality Assessment

Psychology 753 Objective Personality Assessment

Psychology 779 Brain and Behavior

One of the following

Psychology 731 Human Growth and Development

Psychology 741 Theories of Personality and Counseling

One of the following

Psychology 760 Counseling and Psychotherapy Methods

Psychology 761 Clinical Interviewing and Assessment

Electives (15 credits; 5 courses)

At least three of the following forensic psychology electives; Note: up to two courses can be selected from the General Psychology and Cognate courses)

Psychology 701 Psychology of Criminal Behavior

Psychology 703 Violence and Aggression

Psychology 705 Victimology

Psychology 707Counseling and Rehabilitation of the Offender

Psychology 708 Crisis Intervention and Short-term Counseling

Psychology 714 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

Psychology 716 Assessment and Counseling of the Juvenile Offender

Psychology 718 Social Science Evidence in Court

Psychology 720 Social Psychology and the Legal System

Psychology 722 Evaluation and Counseling of the Sex Offender

Psychology 726 Mental Health Issues in Policing

Psychology 727 Eyewitness Identification

Psychology 729 Terrorism

Psychology 730 Ethical Issues in Forensic Mental Health

Psychology 734 Criminal Psychological Assessment

Psychology 742 Family Violence and Disputes

Psychology 748 Empirical Crime Scene Analysis

Psychology 754 Advanced Forensic Assessment

Psychology 764 Hypnosis, Psychology and the Law

Psychology 766 Personality Profiles of the Homicidal Offender

Psychology 779 Brain and Behavior

Psychology 791 Forensic Psychology Prospectus Seminar

General Psychology and Cognate Courses (can select up to two of these, if desired)

Psychology 728 Social Psychopathology

Psychology 731 Human Growth and Development

Psychology 737 Descriptive and Statistical Data Analysis in Psychology

Psychology 738 Advanced Research Methods

Psychology 741 Theories of Personality and Counseling

Psychology 747 The Treatment and Prevention of Childhood Psychopathology

Psychology 760 Counseling and Psychotherapy Methods

Psychology 761 Clinical Interviewing and Assessment

Psychology 763 Behavior Modification and Learning Theory

Thesis Track (3 credits; 1 course)

Psychology 791 Forensic Psychology Prospectus Seminar

Externship/Practicum Track (3 credits; 1 course)

Psychology 780 Fieldwork in Counseling (L3)

Concluding Comments

For students who desire to continue their education in a doctoral program, it is strongly recommended that they complete the thesis track (they may also choose to complete the externship as well but the thesis track is important for being competitive in applying to doctoral programs).

John Jay College has done a tremendous job of recruiting a large number of really great faculty members and has the largest concentration of forensic psychology faculty of any program in North America (and probably the world). There are no fewer than 45 forensic psychology faculty members at John Jay College. The large number of forensic psychology electives that are offered is a result of the large number of forensic faculty.

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