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Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

One of the few programs of its kind in the country, the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from California Baptist University prepares professionals qualified to provide critical psychological services to the criminal justice system. Uniquely designed to integrate law and psychology, CBU’s MA in Forensic Psychology focuses on the understanding of human behavior within the legal system. Graduates come away with the interdisciplinary knowledge to shape laws and policies that reflect human behavior.

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Welcome from the Director

Greetings future Forensic Psychologists!

Whether you are interested in profiling, police psychology, or just like studying human behavior gone awry, I believe you will find what you are looking for at California Baptist University.

CBU's Graduate Program in Forensic Psychology encompasses a psychosocial and biblical understanding of psychopathology, law and psychology, and police psychology.

The program in forensic psychology is designed to educate clinicians to provide psychological services to the criminal justice system. The program is designed for students whose primary interest and intention is working or studying in areas which intersect with the criminal justice system.

Classes focus on the theories, evaluation, adjudication and potential treatment of adult and juvenile offenders. In addition, the program addresses the rights and treatment of victims of crime.

Completion of the degree program provides students with an advanced and comprehensive understanding of human development, the biological nature of crime, psychopathology, criminal profiling and the research methods utilized in the field of forensic psychology.

The course of study is also designed to provide the student with an overview of the practice of forensic psychology; to understand the important issues in the field, to explore the critical relationship between the legal system and clinical psychology, and to better understand the relationship and application of psychological theories and practice to the field of law enforcement.

M.A. Program Course Requirements and Course Descriptions

M.A. Program; Suggested Course Rotations

An abbreviated, complementary version of this program can also be completed as a concentration within the Counseling Psychology degree. This concentration will prepare graduates to function as effective clinicians in a variety of professional counseling and forensic settings. Graduates of the certificated concentration will have developed the skills, knowledge and experience to provide ethical and effective evaluation and therapeutic services in a variety of forensic settings. The program establishes an excellent balance between traditional counseling, theory and skills and a specialized understanding of the legal and judicial system. For more information on the Forensic Psychology certificated concentration and its curriculum, click here: About the Program

Thank you for your interest in CBU's Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology program. Please feel free to e-mail or call me with any questions you may have.

Anne-Marie Larsen, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Program in Forensic Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology
alarsen@calbaptist.edu