MS in Forensic Psychology

Become an expert in the exciting and diverse field of forensic psychology.

Are you intrigued by the psychology of criminal behavior and its impact throughout the legal system? Walden’s online MS in Forensic Psychology program allows you to:

  • Tailor your learning to your specific interests and goals.
  • Study coursework that covers topics ranging from understanding violence, risk, and threat assessment to offender and victim behavior.
  • Engage in interactive content and strengthen your real-world knowledge as you learn from top experts in the field.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: January 8, 2024

Transfer Credits: Up to 24 credits

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Design your own specialization in criminal justice by choosing from a variety of courses related to both the forensic psychology and criminal justice fields.
Gain an understanding of how technology is used in cybercrimes, and how they effect communities.
Examine criminal behavior in a family setting among children, spouses, and the elderly.
Discover how you can engage with the court system and understand expert testimony, jury selection, and eyewitness testimony.
Study how the variety of emotional challenges that military personnel and veterans face can lead to abuse, aggression, and other social issues.
Build your knowledge on stress management, coping strategies, critical incident debriefing, and more.
Design your own specialization by choosing from a variety of courses related to all sectors of criminal justice including crime behavior, victimology, mental health, and more.
Examine need-driven behaviors and how they cause various types of sex offenders. You'll also explore treatment models, media, and technology.
Gain an understanding of the systemic approaches to the issues of public safety, emergency preparedness, and disaster/trauma management.
Examine stress disorders and treatment models for both victims and first responders.



In the MS in Forensic Psychology program, you will:

  • Promote social change through application of advanced psychological concepts/principles within forensic settings
  • Apply psychological theories relevant to criminal behavior in forensic psychology settings
  • Explain the assessment elements (psychological assessment, risk assessment, psychological reports) used within forensic psychology settings

You will also be about to choose either a capstone or a field experience course to apply what you’ve learned to a real problem facing your profession.

Should you choose to pursue your doctorate degree, up to half of the credits earned in this program can then be applied to our PhD in Psychology program.

More about our MS in Forensic Psychology program

The MS in Forensic Psychology program can help prepare you to find work in a variety of roles, including:*

  • Case manager
  • Program director
  • Law enforcement, probation, or correctional officer
  • Court liaison
  • Expert witness
  • Jury consultant
  • Law enforcement advocate
  • Researcher
  • Victims’ advocate

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

Program Admission Considerations: All specializations require a bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

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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 MS in Forensic Psychology at Walden?

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

Ginger Jenkins '19, '13, '11 | PhD in Psychology, MS in Forensic Psychology, BS in Psychology

Currently, students who reside in Washington state must take the MS in Psychology Capstone and may not enroll in the Field Experience option.

Enrollment Restrictions by State

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

Note on Licensure

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


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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