Ph.D. in Psychology - Forensic Psychology

Walden University

Program Description

Ph.D. in Psychology - Forensic Psychology

Walden University

Ph.D. in Psychology - Forensic Psychology

Develop a greater understanding of the criminal justice system and the mental health issues that drive many aspects of criminal behavior. Broaden your understanding of advanced forensic psychology research methods. Explore ways to evaluate programs designed specifically for such forensic populations as the incarcerated, recently released offenders, the mentally ill, and juvenile offenders. This specialization will provide you with a deeper understanding of systems and programs that strive to create positive change in the legal system and community settings. Gain the skills you need to prepare for a career as a researcher or consultant in law enforcement, government, education, and nonprofit sectors.

Completion Requirements

  • 106 total quarter credits
    • Courses (81 cr.)
    • Elective (5 cr.)
    • Dissertation (20 cr.)
  • Ph.D. residencies (4 four-day sessions)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.


  • Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology
  • Criminal Behavior
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Research, Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Understanding Forensic Psychology Research
  • Advanced Psychopathology
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Assessment in Forensic Psychology Settings
  • Ethical Issues and Professional Responsibilities in Forensic Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Treatment of Forensic Populations
  • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Psychology in the Courts
  • Police Psychology
  • Writing a Quality Prospectus
  • Elective
  • Dissertation I-IV

Elective Course

For your elective courses, select from courses in these Ph.D. in Psychology specializations: Educational Psychology, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Organizational Psychology, or Social Psychology.

Note on Licensure: The Forensic Psychology specialization in the Ph.D. in Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

Career Options

The Ph.D. in Psychology program will prepare you to use current theory and research to make valuable contributions to government, nonprofit, and private organizations. With your degree, you will have the ability to work directly with individuals at varying developmental levels, from infants to older adults, as well as diverse groups ranging from families to universities.

Settings in which you may practice can include mental health centers, government agencies, healthcare organizations, corporations, community agencies, social services, and schools. Your career options, depending on your specialization, may include a role as a:

  • Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Teacher
  • Director of career services
  • Staff psychologist
  • Administrator
  • Political strategist
  • Marketing director
  • Human resources manager
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 13, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
72 months
Part time
Full time
67,610 USD
Start date Sept. 2016
USA Auburn, Alabama
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Duration 72 months
Price 67,610 USD