Master of Science in Forensic Psychology (MSFP)
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Master of Science in Forensic Psychology (MSFP)
Explore the mind behind the crime with the 100% online Master of Science in Forensic Psychology (MSFP) degree program at National University. No GRE/GMAT required. As a student, you’ll learn to use problem-solving and creative-thinking skills in forensic psychology while adhering to ethical standards.
National University’s MS in Forensic Psychology degree program prepares you to apply psychological principles in forensic settings and equips you to work within the justice system, with law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and victim services departments. You’ll examine policy and justice, basics of risk and threat assessment and management, criminal behavior theories, and evaluation and treatment of offenders.
In this fully online program, you’ll be immersed in the psychology of criminality, so you’re prepared to succeed in this cutting-edge field. Through NU’s one-to-one learning model, you’ll be mentored by professionally experienced professors, all of whom hold doctoral degrees.
Become an Expert in the Psychology of Criminal Behavior
You can tailor your online MSFP to match your interests with one of these two specializations:
- General Forensic Psychology
- Threat Assessment and Management
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Threat Assessment and Management, MS
In the threat assessment and management specialization, students will dive deeper into this field and learn the essential elements of threat assessment and management, including the use of assessment tools, interviewing, and information gathering, risk factors and mitigation strategies, and team processes for different types of threats including workplace violence, intimate partner violence and stalking, school violence, or other areas of targeted violence. While this specialization does not lead to licensure, the specialization will require students to review key components critical for the exam to become a Certified Threat Manager (CTM) with the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) which they may wish to take as part of their professional career.
Employment options available with this training include but are not limited to law enforcement or government agencies, court-related services, educational institutions, private industries, and practices specifically working in the threat management field. Students in the threat assessment and management specialization will complete their program with an applied course that allows students to put into practice what they have learned by employing assessment and management practices to real-world examples.Learn More
General Forensic Psychology, MS
The Master of Science (MS) in Forensic Psychology General Specialization provides students with the knowledge and understanding of human behavior and how it is exhibited in legal setting and environments. The coursework in this degree program examines the use and application of psychology principles in correctional settings, characteristics of victimization and offenders, antecedents of aggression, and offender treatment strategies. This master’s level degree is not designed to lead towards licensure or certification.
Employment options available with this training include, but are not limited to, correctional facilities, child welfare and advocacy organizations, community-based clinics and organizations, and mental health institutions. Students in this program are able to choose a non-clinical internship course/project or a research driven capstone course/project. This provides students with the option to choose between a path in which they can explore practical applications in an internship setting or engage in a research driven capstone project.Learn More
Program Learning Outcomes
As a graduate of National University’s Master of Science in Forensic Psychology (MSFP) degree program, you’ll be able to:
- Analyze theories and principles in psychology
- Explain usage of diagnostic and assessment tools
- Examine diversity issues
- Evaluate ethical behavior
- Synthesize research
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