Explore ways to evaluate programs designed for forensic populations such as the incarcerated, recently released offenders, the mentally ill, and juvenile offenders.

In this online program, you can:

  • Acquire a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system as well as mental health issues that may drive criminal behavior.
  • Choose from six specializations that allow for intensive exploration of the area of forensic psychology that aligns with your career goals.
  • Prepare for a role as a teacher, researcher, or consultant in the law enforcement, government, education, or nonprofit sector.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: April 10, 2017

Duration: 66 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 53 credits

Choose the General Program or one of six specializations:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Crisis Leadership Management
  • Crisis Response
  • Legal Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • Self-Designed
  • Victimology

Course content

In this program, you will:

  • Evaluate behavior using psychological theory and research from a forensic psychology
  • Analyze seminal works in forensic psychology in terms of their relation to education and/or research.
  • Differentiate between advanced legal concepts pertaining to forensic psychology.
  • Integrate principles of advanced research methods to produce independent scholarly research related to forensic psychology.
  • Evaluate how assessment elements (psychological assessment, risk assessment, psychological reports) are used within forensic psychology settings.
  • Engage in decision-making using relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA and Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists) in forensic work settings.
  • Promote social change through the integration of principles of forensic psychology in scholarly and/or professional activities.

More about our PhD in Forensic Psychology program

  • Career Options

    As a graduate of Walden's PhD in Forensic Psychology program, your career options may include:*

    • Researcher
    • Consultant
    • Teacher
    • Administrator
    • Trainer
    • Program evaluator
    • Program manager
    • Analyst

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

  • Entry Requirements

    A master's degree or higher is required for entrance into the PhD in Forensic Psychology program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the PhD in Forensic Psychology program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

Why earn your PhD in Forensic Psychology at Walden?

  • Accomplished Faculty

    Many of our teaching faculty members hold doctoral degrees across a spectrum of specialty areas.

  • Exceptional Student Services

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.

  • Research Your Passion

    Focus their dissertation on a subject of particular interest to you.

Note on Licensure

The PhD in Forensic Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.



“I had to make sure the college I chose was accredited and user-friendly with a challenging curriculum."

Ginger Jenkins | MS in Forensic Psychology Graduate, PhD in Psychology Student