Forensic Psychology

 

DEGREE OFFERED

M.A. in Forensic Psychology

CAMPUS OPTIONS

Main Campus (Union, NJ)

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Fall:        June 1
Spring: December 1

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The master of arts degree in forensic psychology is designed for students interested in pursuing doctoral training in psychology and/or law; master’s-level forensic jobs (e.g., in juvenile/adult court clinics, correctional settings, law enforcement research departments or forensic psychiatric settings); and those who are currently working or plan to work in a variety of law enforcement positions (e.g., police, corrections, federal law enforcement or governmental agencies).

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in Psychology or a related field. Students without an undergraduate degree in Psychology or a related field may be admitted to the program at the discretion of the Program Coordinator. 
  • The following undergraduate coursework must be completed:
    • General Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Research Methods or Experimental Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology (recommended, but not required)
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher 
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for applicants whose native language is not English). Exceptions can be made for students who have completed at least 6 credits of college level English courses from a U.S. institution, or who have submitted SAT or ACT exam scores.
     

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • 36 credits
  • 3-6 credit Master's Project

 

REQUIRED COURSES- 27 CREDITS
PSY 5555 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3 credits
PSY 5560 Research Design and Statistics 3 credits
PSY 5530 Advanced Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PSY 5575 Neuropsychological Functioning 3 credits
PSY 5565 Research Design and Statistics II 3 credits
PSY 5570 Psychology of Criminal Behavior 3 credits
PSY 5580 Personality and Behavioral Assessment  3 credits
PSY 5585 Aggression, Violence Risk & Threat Assessment  3 credits
PSY 5910 Research Methods: Seminar  3 credits

 

ELECTIVES- 9 CREDITS
PSYCHOLOGY
PSY 5000 Evolutionary Psychology 3 credits
PSY 5110 Developmental Study of Children 3 credits
PSY 5120 Social Psychology of Adolescence 3 credits
PSY 5130 Human Development Across the Life Span 3 credits
PSY 5170 Psychology of Aging 3 credits
PSY 5420 Behavior Modification 3 credits
PSY 5510 Theories of Personality 3 credits
PSY 5515 Advanced Psychology of Personality 3 credits
PSY 5550 Psychopathology of Childhood 3 credits
PSY 5590 Special Topics in Forensic Psychology 3 credits
PSY 5610 Advanced Social Psychology 3 credits
PSY 5660 Industrial/Organizational Psychology 3 credits
PSY 5920 Thesis: Seminar 3 credits
CRIMINAL JUSTICE
CJ 5600 The American Legal System 3 credits
CJ 5650 Race, Class and Gender in the Criminal Justice System 3 credits
CJ 5680 Victimology 3 credits
CJ 5690 Corrections 3 credits
CJ 5730 Criminal Law 3 credits
SOCIOLOGY
SOC 5000 Introduction to Social Justice 3 credits
SOC 5100 The Sociology of Global Oppression 3 credits
SOC 5111 Analyzing Power and Oppression 3 credits
SOC 5150 The Sociology of Community 3 credits
SOC 5151 Class and Social Injury  3 credits

 

TOTAL OF 36 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM
 

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICATION

FOR PROGRAM DETAILS

grad-adm@kean.edu
908.737.7100
Please contact:

DR. RICHARD CONTI
East Campus, Room 230C
t: 908.737.5883
e: rconti@kean.edu