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.

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 – Roger Williams University

Program Description

From the website: A two-year, full-time program, the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology is designed to prepare students to provide assessment and treatment services in a forensic setting or for further training at the doctoral level. Students will be trained in psychological testing, treatment, research methodology and psychopathology.

Internships and practica are available at a variety of forensic sites. Experiences include the areas of group psychotherapy, sex offender treatment, individual psychotherapy, psychological testing and specialized assessment techniques. Research-based internships are also available.

Specializations

The Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology curriculum is arranged in two tracks: (1) Non-Thesis/Practitioner (for students seeking specialized training in psychology prior to entering the work force as master’s level forensic practitioners), and (2) Thesis (for students seeking master’s level training in psychology as preparation for future study toward a doctoral degree in psychology). The nine-course core sequence provides students with the breadth and depth needed for the theoretical foundation as well as the research and skills necessary to become forensic psychologists. Students then select four electives from various areas within Forensic Psychology. Finally, students take six credits of Thesis or Practicum according to their track, for a minimum of 45 credits.

Credits

The program consists of 45 credits (13 courses (including 4 electives) and 6 credits of either thesis or practicum work, depending on the track chosen by the student).

Thesis

Students can select either a thesis track or a practicum track. Six credits of thesis work are required of those students choosing the thesis track.

Externship/Practicum

Students can select either a thesis track or a practicum track. Six credits of practicum work are required of those students choosing thepracticum track.

Admission Requirements

From the website: Applicants to the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology program must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Criminal Justice, or related field from an accredited college or university and have achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater in undergraduate work. Applicants must have scored a minimum of 1000 on the original version of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or a minimum of 300 on the revised Graduate Record Exam (GRE) to be considered for admission. Applicants must have also satisfactorily completed undergraduate courses in both Statistics and Research Methods.

Tuition & Fees

In-State Residents

$724/credit

Out-of-State Residents

$724/credit

Coursework

Required Core Courses (27 credits)

PSYCH 501 Research Design

PSYCH 502 Quantitative Methods I

PSYCH 503 Forensic Psychology

PSYCH 504 Psychology and the Law

PSYCH 505 Introduction to Clinical Assessment: Objective Tests

PSYCH 532 Cross Cultural Psychology

PSYCH 550 Ethics in Professional Psychology

One of the following:

PSYCH 506 Assessment in Criminal Law

PSYCH 507 Assessment Issues in Civil Law

One of the following:

PSYCH 520 Developmental Psychopathology

PSYCH 521 Adult Psychopathology

PSYCH 525 Psychology of Criminal Behavior

Advanced Electives (12 credits)

Choose four from the following:

PSYCH 508 Forensic Report Writing

PSYCH 509 Methods of Psychotherapy I

PSYCH 510 Quantitative Methods II

PSYCH 511 Children, Adolescents and the Law

PSYCH 512 Child Assessment

PSYCH 513 Vocational Training

PSYCH 515 Introduction to Group Counseling

PSYCH 519 Methods of Psychotherapy II

PSYCH 530 Special Topics in Psychology

PSYCH 531 Family Violence

PSYCH 533 Law and Mental Health

PSYCH 534 Advanced Developmental Psychology

PSYCH 535 Group Dynamics: Methods and Design

PSYCH 540 Advanced Personality Psychology

PSYCH 550 Professional Ethics in Psychology

Thesis or Practicum Work (6 credits)

PSYCH 597 Thesis

PSYCH 598: Practicum

Concluding Comments

This masters program is intended to prepare students for work in forensic settings or for further study at the doctoral level in psychology. The coursework provides foundational information in both research design and statistics, which is important for preparing students to take on clinical roles or for further study at the doctoral level. This program appears to be a solid option for students who are interested in clinical forensic psychology, whether they desire a master’s degree as a terminal degree or further education at the doctoral level. Those desiring to continue their education at the doctoral level are advised to complete the thesis track in this program.

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