Forensic psychology is a growing field with more and more schools offering courses and programs in forensic psychology. For those interested in this field, there are numerous choices to consider when selecting a forensic psychology school. One of the first things to consider when selecting a school is what it is that you wish to accomplish. If taking a course or two in forensic psychology is what you are interested in, many colleges and universities offer one or more courses in forensic psychology or psychology and law as part of their psychology major. Chances are good that a college or university near you offers a course in this area.

If obtaining a Master’s or Doctoral degree in forensic psychology is what you are interested in, then a little more research about the various schools that offer these programs is necessary to ensure that they offer what you want. If your desire is to complete a Master’s degree in forensic psychology, which will allow you to work in various settings such as correctional facilities, state and forensic hospitals, community mental health centers, under the supervision of a doctoral-level psychologist then there are numerous schools that offer terminal masters degrees in forensic psychology (see the list below).

If you wish to practice independently as a forensic psychologist (without having to be supervised), you will need to complete a doctoral degree. There are a number of very good doctoral programs with a specialization in forensic psychology (see the list below). To work directly with those individuals involved with the criminal and civil justice systems (such as conducting evaluations and/or providing treatment), you will need to complete a doctoral degree in clinical psychology so as to become a licensed psychologist. If you are not interested in working directly with clients or patients but would prefer to conduct research on issues related to psychology and the law, a doctoral degree in some area of psychology (not clinical psychology) would suffice.

Schools offering Master’s Degrees in Forensic Psychology

Argosy University

American International College

Arizona State University

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

College of Saint Elizabeth

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Holy Names University

John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY

Marymount University

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

New York Law School

Palo Alto University

Roger Williams University

The Sage Colleges

Tiffin University

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

University of Denver

University of Florida

University of Leicester

University of Nebraska

University of North Dakota

Valparais

o University

Schools offering Doctoral Degrees in Forensic Psychology

Clinical

Alliant International University – California School of Forensic Studies

American School of Professional Psychology

Argosy University – Chicago

Arizona State University

California State University, Fresno and the University of California, Davis

Carlos Albizu University in Miami

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Drexel University

Forest Institute of Professional Psychology

Fordham University

John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Nova Southeastern University

Pacific University

Palo Alto University

Sam Houston State University

Simon Fraser University

Spalding University

Texas A&M University

University of Alabama

University of Arizona

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Nebraska

West Virginia University

Widener University

Non-Clinical

Alliant International University

Arizona State University

Cornell University

Florida International University

Georgetown University

John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY

Simon Fraser University

University of Arizona

University of Florida

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Minnesota

University of Nebraska

University of Nevada- Reno

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Wyoming

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