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
Schools offering Doctoral Degrees in Forensic Psychology
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