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Course Requirments

Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology (57 units)

Core Requirements

CJS 510 Legal Research and Reasoning (3)

CJS 520 Advanced Criminal Law (3)

CJS 530 Theories and Perspectives of Criminal Behavior (3)

CJS 560 Criminal Investigation (3)

FPY 500 Statistical Analysis I (3)

FPY 501 Statistical Analysis II (3)

FPY 505 Forensic Research Methods I (3)

FPY 506 Forensic Research Methods II (3)

FPY 510 Biological Bases of Behavior (3)

FPY 520 Criminal Profiling (3)

FPY 530 Advanced Social Psychology (3)

FPY 535 Advanced Psychopathology and Criminality (3)

FPY 540 Psychology, Law and Ethics (3)

FPY 560 Forensic Practicum I (3)

FPY 565 Forensic Practicum II (3)

FPY 570 Thesis I: Literature Review and Research Proposal (3)

FPY 575 Thesis II: Methodology/Results/Discussion (3)

FPY 595 Special Topics (3)

PSY 510 Human Growth and Development (3)

Forensic Psychology Two Year Cycle

Year 1

Fall

CJS 510 Legal Research and Reasoning (3)

FPY 500 Statistical Analysis I (3)

FPY 505 Forensic Research Methods I (3)

FPY 535 Advanced Psychopathology and Criminality (3)

Spring

CJS 520 Advanced Criminal Law (3)

FPY 501 Statistical Analysis II (3)

FPY 506 Forensic Research Methods II (3)

FPY 540 Psychology, Law and Ethics (3)

Summer term

CJS 530 Theories & Perspectives of Criminal Behavior (3)

CJS 560 Criminal Investigation (3)

FPY 530 Advanced Social Psychology (3)

Year 2

Fall

FPY 510 Biological Bases of Behavior (3)

FPY 560 Forensic Practicum I (3)

FPY 570 Thesis I: Literature Review & Research Proposal (3)

PSY 510 Human Growth and Development (3)

Spring

FPY 520 Criminal Profiling (3)

FPY 565 Forensic Practicum II (3)

FPY 575 Thesis II: Methodology/Results/Discussion (3)

FPY 595 Special Topics (3)

Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology (57 units)

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Content Knowledge and Theories consistent with the standards of APA, AAA, and ASA
  • Critical Thinking Skills: analysis and synthesis of the research literature across the behavioral sciences including psychology, anthropology, and sociology
  • Communication: speaking and writing skills; technology literacy and research skills consistent with the standards of forensic psychology
    • Conduct and write a review that summarizes part of the forensic psychology literature, applying fundamental strategies such as a thesis focus, an informative middle and an effective conclusion resulting from effective drafting, revising, and editing
    • Use and define terms and concepts of the discipline and applying them appropriately, showing a strong & direct link between concepts and assigned reading
    • Deliver effective oral presentations in a variety of communication settings, using standard diction of American English in a professional manner including dress and demeanor
    • Lead and participate effectively in group discussions, applying active listening skills and a respect for diverse views in interpersonal settings
    • Select the most appropriate sources and databases for accessing and obtaining the needed information. Examines and compares information from various sources in order to ascertain the reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias of a given source.
  • Integrity/values: academic integrity, discipline specific ethical issues; an understanding of ethics; respect for social diversity
  • Project management: team work skills; informed participation in multiple levels of community applying academic studies to the workplace and professional environments

Core Requirements

Final Requirement

Choose one of the following options:

Thesis/Comprehensive Exam Requirement

The Thesis is a traditional academic research paper and should be completed concurrent with the student's last semester of the program. Students should contact the program director for details regarding the selection of the committee and the procedure for approval. Students graduating from the non-thesis track will be required to successfully complete a seven (7) hour written comprehensive examination. Information regarding content and format of the examination may be obtained from the School of Behavioral Sciences.

Forensic Practicum

Students will complete a nine month practicum where they will receive practical experience and on-site supervision in a forensic setting related to their individual interests and career goals (e.g., rape crisis center, Department of Children and Family Services Counseling Center, juvenile court, metropolitan and county law enforcement agencies, probation departments, California Department of Prisons).

Practicum Admission

Students entering the two semester Practicum requirement occurring in the last year of the student's program must complete the following requirements:

  1. Admission to Practicum will be a faculty decision based on grades, evaluation of the Practicum application, and placement approval.
  2. A written appeal process will be instituted in the event that a student is not considered ready for Practicum