Explore the intersection of mental health and the law, and prepare for a leadership
role as a forensic psychologist.
Forensic psychology is a fast-growing field that offers myriad opportunities for professional
advancement. The M.S. program at UND prepares you for a variety of psychology-related
careers in the criminal justice and legal systems.
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Why earn a forensic psychology master's?
An understanding of psychology prepares you to solve problems in courtrooms, prisons,
police departments and beyond. The M.S. in Forensic Psychology will arm you with:
A solid foundation in psychological principles and theories.
Specific forensic-relevant knowledge and experience.
Exceptional skills in analysis, communication and evaluation.
An in-depth understanding of our legal system.
You'll get real-world experience through fieldwork and produce a thesis based on independent,
original research. And you'll graduate as an expert in the field, ready to make your
mark at the intersection of law and psychology.
Forensic Psychology Master's Programs
Conduct independent research and produce a thesis.
Opportunity to complete a supervised fieldwork experience in a forensic setting.
Participate in faculty-directed research.
Forensic Psychology Careers
Projected growth for employment of psychologists from 2020 to 2030
Many graduates go on to law school or doctoral programs in forensic psychology or
Others build diverse careers in agencies and institutions such as:
Prisons and juvenile facilities
Social service agencies
Court service units
Community mental health centers
Child advocacy centers
Some students leverage their master's degrees into jobs as forensic researchers, conducting
evaluations of at-risk populations.
Forensic Psychology alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
Department of Veterans Affairs
South Dakota Department of Corrections
478th Civil Affairs Battalion
Forensic Psychology Master's Courses
PSYC 539. Cognitive Psychology. 3 Credits.
An in-depth analysis and discussion (including laboratory work) of topics covering issues related to memory, attention, problem solving, comprehension, and thinking. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Psychology or permission of instructor.
PSYC 560. Advanced Social Psychology. 3 Credits.
In-depth examination of the theoretical and empirical literature in social psychology focusing on attitudes, stereotyping and prejudice, interpersonal relationships, social cognition, personality and the self, and group behavior. Also includes additional course readings and written work beyond the requirements for Psychology 460. Prerequisite: Graduate status in Psychology or permission of instructor. S.
PSYC 524. Psychology and Law. 3 Credits.
An in-depth examination of the interaction between the disciplines of psychology and law. The course will look at how psychological research and theories are applied to contemporary legal issues. Prerequisite: Graduate status in Psychology or permission of instructor.
PSYC 523. Forensic Assessment. 3 Credits.
This course is designed to provide students with 1) a review of assessment measures used in forensic assessment 2) an in-depth study of ethical and professional issues in forensic assessment, and 3) training in writing assessment reports. Prerequisite: Graduate status in Psychology or permission of instructor. SS, even years.
PSYC 575. Behavior Pathology. 3 Credits.
A survey of various forms of behavior pathology with emphasis upon current research and theories relating to pathology. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or instructor permission. F.
CJ 515. Human Nature and Crime. 3 Credits.
This course examines historical and contemporary applications of the concept of "human nature" in explanations of criminal behavior. Attention is also given to the role played by "human nature" in the evaluation of social institutions that react to crime and deviance. Finally, attempts to integrate biological and cultural explanations of human behavior as they pertain to crime will be addressed. Prerequisite: CJ 510.