Career Opportunities

CBU's MA in Forensic Psychology positions graduates to excel and advance in a rapidly expanding field with vast opportunities for career development. Graduates are prepared to work within the legal system as:

Expert Witnesses: With the highly specialized training that incorporates both law and psychology, graduates have unique, expert opinion and training that can aid court decisions.

Public Policy Shapers: Work with local, state and federal legislative bodies (as research analysts, lobbyists, and as advocates) to incorporate current research in human behavior to shape public policy and improve human welfare.

Law Enforcement Consultants: Work with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on specific cases, task forces, and developing programs advantageous to reducing crime, recidivism, and ensuring public safety.

Juror Selection and Trial Consultants: Jury selection and trial consultants are responsible for carrying out the day-to-day jury research and case strategy responsibilities. Some examples of these responsibilities include reading case materials, constructing questionnaires, coordinating the recruitment of mock jurors, facilitating focus-group panels, writing analyses of findings, and developing strategies to enhance case outcomes.

Mediators: Work within the court system to resolve disputes and help others reconcile their differences to reduce court loads and expedite cases more timely and efficiently.

Researchers: Work as a research analyst for the court system, law enforcement agency at the local, state or federal level, or legislature to ensure current research in human behavior is appropriately applied.

Educators: Graduates can teach undergraduate and graduate level coursework within specialty fields. Obtaining California POST training further affords graduates additional opportunities.

Doctoral Study Candidates: Graduates are better qualified for graduate study within the field of forensic psychology and make ideal candidates.

Victim Advocates: Usually employed through local, state, and federal agencies, they provide confidential, accessible support and advocacy to victims/survivors, their partners, friends, and family members. They help by providing education and prevention strategies and promoting social change. In addition, victim advocates provide crisis intervention, safety planning and shelter referral, and accompany victims through exams and court procedures.

Case Managers: For clients living in the community or residential treatment facilities who can benefit from sustained contact with a counselor. Case managers teach problem-solving and conflict resolution skills and assess a client's living skills to determine what types of supports he or she need to live successfully in the community. Counselors assist clients by providing support in the areas of housing, work, and relationships and help clients identify community support and resources. Work in agencies including county, probation, state parole and nonprofit organizations.

Administrators: Managers, clinical directors, and program directors perform vital administrative work to help agencies run smoothly and effectively. Typical duties include program coordination, fiscal supervision, coordination of staff and their training, and quality assurance. Many of these jobs are found in correctional settings, juvenile court divisions, and in not-for-profit organizations