PhD in Forensic Psychology

Gain the specialized knowledge you need to advance in this exciting and diverse field.

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.

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Next Start Date: November 29, 2021

Transfer Credits: Up to 53 credits

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Gain a broad understanding of the intersection between forensic psychology and criminal justice fields.
Gain leadership insights that will prepare you to effectively manage crisis situations.
Discover how you can work with police departments or other law enforcement agencies assisting in officer selection and training, stress management, critical incident stress debriefing, hostage negotiations, and selection of special operations officers.
Coursework will help you gain the skills and insights to be successful in the top three non clinical areas—teaching, program evaluation, and consulting—and you will benefit from dissertation support throughout your program.
Examine probation and parole services, corrections, and their interaction in the criminal justice system.
Gain a broad understanding of the forensic psychology field and how its principles are applied in a range of settings, from correctional institutions to court systems to community-based programs.
Dive more deeply into the experience of the victim as well as that of first responders who may experience vicarious traumatization by working closely with victims.

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 setting
  • Promote social change through the integration of principles of forensic psychology in scholarly and/or professional activities

A Personalized Guide to Completing Your Doctorate

Earning your online PhD in Forensic Psychology requires commitment, perseverance, and hard work. You can do it, and Walden is here to help—with our Doctoral Degree Coach™.

  • Map and Track Milestones: Break your research down into manageable, sequential steps. See where you are, what’s ahead, and what you’ve already accomplished—all in one place.
  • Meet Weekly Targets: No more guesswork. Set prompts based on your to-do list and receive reminders and updates directly to your inbox.
  • Connect With Faculty: Stay on the same page and keep your progress on track. With shared access to your dashboard, your chair can easily guide you through your checklists, goals, and timelines.
  • Access Helpful Resources: Quickly find support from the right person at the right time. Our comprehensive resource guide points you in the right direction—no more frustrating searches.

More About Our PhD in Forensic Psychology Program

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.

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

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

Tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with a Walden Enrollment Specialist today at 855-203-5779, to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

Walden’s Enrollment Specialists are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education.
Our Enrollment Specialists are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted or call 855-203-5779.

Why earn your PhD in Forensic Psychology at Walden?

Ginger Jenkins

“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

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.

Enrollment Restrictions by State

Walden currently cannot enroll residents of the following states/districts into the PhD in Forensic Psychology program: Kentucky.

ONGOING MILITARY OFFER:

A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

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