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Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

A two-year, full-time program, the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology is designed to prepare students to provide assessment and treatment services in a forensic setting or further training at the doctoral level. Students will be trained in psychological testing, treatment, research methodology and psychopathology.

Internships and practica are available at a variety of forensic sites. Experiences include the areas of group psychotherapy, sex offender treatment, individual psychotherapy, psychological testing, and specialized assessment techniques. Research-based internships are also available.

Academic Program
The Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology curriculum is arranged in two tracks: (1) Non-Thesis/Practitioner (for students seeking specialized training in psychology prior to entering the work force as master’s level forensic practitioners), and (2) Thesis (for students seeking master’s level training in psychology as preparation for future study toward a doctoral degree in psychology). The nine-course core sequence provides students with the breadth and depth needed in both the theoretical foundation as well as the research and skills necessary to become forensic psychologists. Students then select four electives from various areas within Forensic Psychology. Finally, students take six credits of Thesis or Practicum according to their track, for a minimum of 45 credits.

Career Settings for Students Graduating with a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

The Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology seeks to:

  • Prepare graduate students for careers in civil and criminal justice systems as forensic specialists
  • Prepare graduate students for further academic training at the doctorate level in psychology and forensic psychology
  • Provide students with training in graduate research and statistical design
  • Provide students with training in the areas of forensic assessment and evaluation
  • Provide students with training in preparation as legal/forensic consultants and evaluators in the areas of forensic assessments, custody issues, suicide evaluation, expert testimony, jury selection, program evaluation, injury assessments, and Social Security Disability requirements
  • Provide students with internship experiences that will promote and help to develop the professional skills required in the specialty areas of forensic psychology
  • Provide students with the requisite skills to prepare, plan, and carry out competent research designs in psychology.

Applying to the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Program

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Criminal Justice, or related field, and must have satisfactorily completed undergraduate courses in Statistics and Research Methods. To apply, students must submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admission:

  1. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records
  2. Personal statement (two double-spaced pages maximum) describing your interest in Forensic Psychology, career goals, and how you can positively contribute to the graduate program at Roger Williams University
  3. Official report of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores sent directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The ETS School Code for Roger Williams University is 3729
  4. Three letters of recommendation attesting to your academic accomplishments and potential to succeed in graduate school
  5. If your first language is not English, an official report of TOEFL or IELTS results
  6. Completed application form accompanied by the $50 application fee

Applications are accepted for Fall start only; the application deadline is March 15th.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Program
(All courses are three credits unless otherwise indicated)

A. Required Courses: 27 credits

PSYCH 501 Research Design  
PSYCH 502 Quantitative Methods I  
PSYCH 503 Forensic Psychology  
PSYCH 504 Psychology and the Law  
PSYCH 505 Introduction to Clinical Assessment: Objective Tests  
PSYCH 532 Cross Cultural Psychology  
PSYCH 550 Ethics in Professional Psychology  

An additional assessment course (choose from the following)

PSYCH 506 Assessment in Criminal Law  
PSYCH 507 Assessment Issues in Civil Law  

A psychopathology course (choose from the following)

PSYCH 520 Developmental Psychopathology  
PSYCH 521 Adult Psychopathology  
PSYCH 525 Psychology of Criminal Behavior  

B. Advanced Electives: 12 credits selected from the following:

PSYCH 508 Forensic Report Writing  
PSYCH 509 Methods of Psychotherapy I  
PSYCH 510 Quantitative Methods II  
PSYCH 511 Children, Adolescents and the Law  
PSYCH 512 Child Assessment  
PSYCH 513 Vocational Training  
PSYCH 515 Introduction to Group Counseling  
PSYCH 519 Methods of Psychotherapy II  
PSYCH 530 Special Topics in Psychology  
PSYCH 531 Family Violence  
PSYCH 533 Law and Mental Health  
PSYCH 534 Advanced Developmental Psychology  
PSYCH 535 Group Dynamics: Methods and Design  
PSYCH 540 Advanced Personality Psychology  
PSYCH 550 Professional Ethics in Psychology  

C. Thesis/Practicum: 6 credits selected according to the student's track:

Pre-service students take:

PSYCH 598 Practicum twice for total of 6 credits  

Thesis students take:

PSYCH 597 Thesis  
PSYCH 598 Practicum  
PSYCH 597 Thesis twice for total of 6 credits  

(Minimum of 45 credits)