Why earn a master's degree in forensic psychology?

Application Deadlines
Jan. 1

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 at UND

  • Conduct independent research and produce a thesis.

  • Opportunity to complete a supervised fieldwork experience in a forensic setting.

  • Participate in faculty-directed research.

  • Due to COVID-19, we have temporarily suspended the GRE scores requirement for program admissions in 2020-21. 

Forensic Psychology Careers 


Rate of employment for those with a Master's degree in Psychology

American Psychological Association


Median annual salary for psychologists

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Many graduates go on to law school or doctoral programs in forensic psychology or forensic science.

Others build diverse careers in agencies and institutions such as:

  • Prisons and juvenile facilities
  • Social service agencies
  • Police departments
  • Probation services
  • Military
  • Court service units
  • Addiction services
  • Hospitals
  • Community mental health centers
  • Protective services
  • Child advocacy centers
  • Law enforcement
  • Trial consulting

Some students leverage their master's degrees into jobs as forensic researchers, conducting evaluations of at-risk populations.

UND Forensic Psychology Alumni

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 Courses

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