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Top Online Schools in Forensic Psychology

Updated on May 10, 2014

Forensic psychology studies the application of psychological principles to situations involving the law. As it is a subfield of psychology, it is typically taught as part of a master's or doctorate curriculum, but interested students sometimes do opt to obtain a specialized undergraduate degree in this area. If you have an interest in legal issues and the mental implications in such areas as child custody, sexual harassment as well as serial rape and homicide, then you might want to earn a degree in forensic psychology.

Florida Institute of Technology

Fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) offers an Associate's and Bachelor's in Applied Psychology. FIT is part of the University Alliance, an association of universities in the U.S. offering a top-tier education entirely online. The bachelor's degree at FIT in applied psychology provides an option to concentrate study in forensic psychology, in which such courses as Courtroom Psychology and Theories of Crime are taken. This school does offer financial aid to students who qualify in the form of grants and Stafford loans. Applicants are required to be at least 22 years of age. Transfer credit is given to students who have already completed college coursework from accredited schools.

Florida Tech University Online:

C/O University Alliance Online

9417 Princess Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33619


Fielding Graduate Institute

If you're looking to obtain a PhD in clinical psychology online with a concentration in forensic psychology from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), you might be interested in what the Fielding Graduate Institute has to offer. Learning takes place via something they refer to as a Distributed Learning Model, which simply means that a variety of methods are employed, namely online and other distance-learning modes. Sometimes you will be required to incorporate meetings and learning activities into your daily living or work day.

Fielding Graduate University

2020 De La Vina St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105

(800) 340-1099

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology offers a master's degree in forensic psychology that fully qualifies individuals for licensure as mental health counselors. Taking two years to complete, students are required to attend campus courses on weekends in addition to online learning. Financial aid is available to students who qualify.

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

1 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459


University of North Dakota

The University of North Dakota provides for the completion of the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology entirely online. What's an attractive draw, is that in-state tuition is available for students who are not residents of the state of North Dakota. Course titles include Psychology and Law, Behavior Pathology, Foundations of Forensic Psychology as well as Advanced Univariate Statistics. Each semester, students must undertake an independent research project. Accreditation of the institution is through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Although the degree is completed all online, one campus visit is required in the form of a "capstone experience" and it takes two years to finish the program.

The University of North Dakota

3264 Campus Rd.-Stop 9021, Gustafsen Hall Rm 103, Grand Forks ND 58202-9021



The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

The Chicago School now offers the M.A. in Forensic Psychology entirely online with a choice of three concentrations: corrections, sex offenders, and child protection. A typical course of study includes Evaluation and Treatment of the Juvenile Offender, and Hostage Negotiations. Students who complete the program qualify to sit for the LPC and LCPC licensing exams in the state of Illinois. There is also a non-licensure track available.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Admissions Operations

350 N. Orleans, Suite 1050, Chicago, IL 60654

(800)721- 8072

Palo Alto University

The Masters in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Forensic and Mental Health Counseling is offered at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University. Graduates are eligible for counseling licensure in their home state. This program is unique as it provides internship experiences in the field, and only requires 1 week on campus for the duration. The university is also home to the PGSP - Stanford Psy D Consortium which is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

1791 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94304


Other online forensic psychology programs:

  • Nova Southeastern University - MS in Forensic Psychology
  • Concordia University St. Paul - M.A. in Human Services emphasis in Forensic Mental Health


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      Aunice Yvonne Reed 4 years ago from Southern California

      That's too bad. Thanks for letting me know!

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      riotgrrrl 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      hey just to let you know liverpool university no longer runs the distance learning course