Forensic Psychology Requirements
Look over requirements needed to earn your M.A. in Forensic Psychology from UND.
Admission Requirements for Forensic Psychology
Include a Personal Statement; a 250-300 word essay describing professional background and reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in forensic psychology.
The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a behavioral or social science major allied with psychology, i.e., psychology, criminal justice, sociology, counseling or social work.
- A cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above, or a graduate degree GPA of 3.50.
- Submission of a curriculum vitae and a personal statement describing:
- academic and professional accomplishments;
- reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in Forensic Psychology; and
- any additional information the applicant would like the admission committee to know.
- Submission of three letters of recommendation from those who can comment on your academic abilities or ability to understand complex issues and think critically, e.g. former faculty member or work supervisor.
- Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
Students seeking the Master of Science or Master of Arts degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Forensic Psychology program.
The general degree requirements for the Master of Arts degree in the Forensic Psychology include a minimum of 30 credits of coursework:
Required Core Courses (21 credits):
|PSYC 524||Psychology and Law||3|
|PSYC 528||Forensic Psychology Capstone (summer, immediately prior to graduation, 2 week course, one week of which is on campus)||3|
|PSYC 541||Advanced Univariate Statistics||3|
|PSYC 560||Advanced Social Psychology||3|
|PSYC 575||Behavior Pathology||3|
|PSYC 593||Readings in Psychology||3|
|PSYC 997||Independent Study (research or practicum experience possible)||3|
|Elective Courses (9 credits):|
|Choose 3 of the following:||9|
|Supervised Field Work|
|Special Topics in Psychology (can be repeated for credit for up to all 9 credits of elective courses; e.g., Eyewitness Testimony; Psychology in the Courtroom; Interrogation)|
Note: The student’s Advisory Committee will also consider other graduate classes as appropriate electives on a case-by-case basis. Students who have a strong psychology background may, after review by the Committee, be permitted to substitute an appropriate forensic psychology graduate elective for a required program course. A maximum of eight graduate credits may be transferred from another institution.