forensic psychology

Forensic Psychology, M.A.

One of the few programs of its kind in the country, the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from CBU prepares professionals to offer critical psychological services to the criminal justice system. 

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Program Intro

The M.A. in Forensic Psychology program at CBU provides students with an advanced and comprehensive understanding of human development, the biological nature of crime, psychopathology, psychology and law, and criminal profiling.

57 Units

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2 Years
$845 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn a M.A. in Forensic Psychology at CBU?

A schedule that works for you

Forensic psychology classes are scheduled to allow working professionals the opportunity to pursue their educational and career advancement. Graduates come away with the interdisciplinary knowledge to shape laws and policies that reflect human behavior. Students also develop an understanding of research methodology and its application to forensic psychology.

Work in the field

In the second year of study, students are involved in field experience and on-site supervision in a forensic setting. This may include working an FBI internship, with U.S. Marshalls, victim advocacy, trial advocacy, trial consultant firms, conflict resolution and mediation, rape crisis centers, probation, or parole.

What You'll Learn

Program Details

FPY 510: Biological Bases of Behavior

This course examines the biological bases of behavior and learning through the lifespan, including the fundamentals of brain development, neuropsychology, and more.

FPY 520: Criminal Profiling

The fundamentals of reconstructing the serial offenders’ motives and intent through examination of psychological evidence left by perpetrators at crime scenes

FPY 535: Advanced Psychopathology and Criminality

Nature and causes of reactions to social, biological and psychological stress and maladaptive developments with an emphasis on psychopathy and criminality.

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Ana Gamez, PhD

Professor of Psychology

Office Phone: 951-343-4791
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 128a

Erica Roth, PsyD

Associate Professor of Psychology

Office Phone: 951-552-8146
Office Location: James 127

As you make decisions about graduate school, keep in mind the full social, spiritual and educational experience awaiting you at CBU. Here, you will be supported by professors, staff and fellow students who will help you discover your strengths and challenge you to do more than you ever thought you could. Let us equip you with the education, training and opportunities you'll need to start making a unique difference doing what you love.

Application Deadlines Fall Spring
Priority May 15 November 1
Standard August 1 December 1

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Career Possibilities

Upon completing CBU’s M.A. in Forensic Psychology program, students will be well prepared for careers in the forensic psychology field. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Law Enforcement Consultant
  • Public Policy Shaper
  • Juror Selection Specialist
  • Trial Consultant
  • Mediator
  • Research Analyst
  • Doctoral Study Candidates
  • Victim Advocate
  • Case Manager
  • Administrator

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