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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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Course Details

The Master of Science in Forensic Psychology program can be completed in 30 credits. 

All Master of Science programs require the foundation course to be completed prior to enrolling in specialization courses. If students choose the capstone stone, this course will be completed as the last course in the degree program. 

Course Sequence

This course is an introduction to graduate studies in Forensic Psychology. This area of psychology involves the application of psychological principles to the justice system, which includes law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and victim services. Current models, theories, and research in Forensic Psychology will be explored. In addition, graduate-level skills, such as academic integrity, effective use of the University Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and use of APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

This 8-week course will explore the fundamentals of risk and threat assessment. This will include the history and evaluation of the field as well as an understanding of the current body of research and practice. You will review a broad scope of risk and threat assessment areas including the pathway to violence, threat assessment, and threat management, and risk related to sexual dangerousness, arson, violence, stalking and intimate partner violence, and workplace violence. You will develop a basic understanding of risk assessment in various contexts, assessment tools, and how they may be used in juvenile and adult population.

In this 8-week course you will examine the integration of forensic psychology and the legal system related to both criminal and civil law. Criminal justice theories and practice related to incarceration and the justice system will be explored as well as the impact of law on the practice of forensic psychology. In this course you will also review the history of psychology and law in public policy, ethical issues, relevant case law, victimology, and restorative justice. In addition, modern day social justice issues as they relate to the field of forensic psychology will be covered, such as psychology in law and the media.

This 8 week course is focused on prominent theories of criminal behavior relevant to forensic psychology. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of theory and corresponding research across various types of criminal behavior. You will examine the interaction of individual, social, and environmental factors related to criminal involvement and implications for work within forensic settings. You will also explore the impact and relationship between the legal system and human behavior.

Upon the completion of this course, you will develop an understanding of the strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative approaches to research design. As a result of this newfound knowledge, you will become a more educated and discerning consumer of the existing published research. In addition, you will be more informed on how to effectively and ethically use these different research methods when designing research studies.

  • PSY-5505 Diversity and Forensic Psychology (General)
  • PSY- 6512 Threat Assessment (Threat Assessment and Management)
  • PSY-5113 Psychological Evaluation and Treatment in Correctional Settings (General)
  • PSY-6513 Threat Management (Threat Assessment and Management)
  • PSY 6517 Investigative Psychology: Application of Offender Profiling and Characteristics (General)
  • PSY- 6514 Special Topics in Threat Assessment and Management (Threat Assessment and Management)
  • PSY 6510 Capstone in Forensic Psychology OR PSY 6511 Internship In Forensic
  • Psychology (General) PSY 6515 Capstone in Threat Assessment and Management (Threat Assessment and Management)

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science degree in Forensic Psychology requires a total of 30 credits for completion.

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the Master of Science in Forensic Psychology for graduate coursework completed at an external accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit Policy for additional information. Graduation requirements for the master’s degree in psychology vary according to specialization selected.

All NU master’s degree programs have the following graduation requirements:

  • A minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed through the University
  • Completion of subject area competency requirements for the graduate program
  • Elective courses must be relevant to the department’s graduate program
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited academic institution
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complimentary diploma and/or degree posted transcript

National University’s Master of Science in Forensic Psychology can prepare you to work in industries such as public administration, higher education, healthcare, federal, state, and local government departments. Qualify for careers that include*:

  • Behavior Analyst
  • Child Welfare Specialists 
  • Clinical Case Manager
  • College Professor/Instructor
  • Correctional Officer/Jailer
  • Federal Law Enforcement
  • Mental Health Assistant
  • Mental Health/Behavioral Counselor
  • Postsecondary Teachers 
  • Probation Officer/Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Social/Human Services Manager

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  • Credit Hours: 30
  • Courses: 10
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 16 months

The Master of Science in Forensic Psychology (MSFP) degree program can be completed in 30 credits. Each course runs 8 weeks, and you’ll receive 3 semester credits per course. 

Note on Licensure: NU’s psychology programs are not licensure programs and do not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional. Students in the MS in Forensic Psychology program may choose a non-clinical internship.


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.

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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.

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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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