Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

Marymount University

Program Description

Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

Marymount University

Forensic Psychology

Marymount University has been a leader in preparing individuals to be part of one of the most sought-after career fields today – forensic psychology.

Marymount was the first Washington, DC, area university to offer the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology. And you can capitalize on the University’s alliances and proximity to key agencies important to study in this field – organizations such as the FBI, NCIS, the Supreme Court, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice. MU integrates the resources of such agencies through site visits, courtroom observations, field research, internships, and distinguished speakers.

The discipline of forensic psychology is concerned with the application of psychological knowledge to the juvenile, civil, and criminal justice systems. Marymount’s Forensic Psychology program is interdisciplinary and combines study in sociology, criminal justice, and public policy, in addition to the many subfields of psychology. It addresses questions of value, such as how best to achieve fairness and justice in the American adversarial legal system, as well as empirical issues such as the origins of criminal behavior, problems with eyewitness testimony, evaluation of threats against public figures, personalities of political leaders, the origins of terrorism, evaluation and treatment of offenders and their victims, and the effectiveness of trial consultation. Each course incorporates an ethics component to encourage you to grapple with the extremely complicated issues involved in a career in forensic psychology.

Marymount’s program provides a gateway of opportunity. You can:

  • study abroad. In collaboration with the Forensic Psychology program at London Metropolitan University, a course is offered during alternating summers for select Marymount students.
  • participate in ongoing research through an agreement with the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit
  • earn a second degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and begin the supervised experience necessary for licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC).
  • land an internship or job with a regionally or nationally recognized agency or continue further study.


After graduation, students have found employment in a wide variety of positions and locations, such as

  • federal law enforcement
  • counterterrorism and counterintelligence
  • probation and parole
  • forensic mental health and prisons
  • sex offender treatment
  • victims’ assistance
  • advocacy groups for criminal justice reform
  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Federal agencies, such as Homeland Security, the FBI, the DEA, the DIA, the NCIS, and the State Department

Degree Requirements

39 credits

  • PS 500 Research and Evaluation
  • PS 501 Bases of Psychopathology
  • PS 507 Social Psychology of Aggression
  • PS 517 Neuropsychological Issues, Treatments, and Assessments
  • PS 580 Foundations of Forensic Psychology
  • PS 581 Psychology and the Law
  • PS 582 Advanced Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • PS 584 Psychology of Criminal Behavior or SOC 507 Juvenile Justice
  • PS 585 Forensic Assessment *
  • PS 599F Internship: Forensic Psychology **
  • SOC 510 Theories of Social Deviance
  • Two (2) courses from the following: CE 508 Crisis Intervention***; CE 509 Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention***; CE 524 Theories and Techniques of Family Counseling; CE 551 Multicultural Counseling; CJ 501 Victims of Interpersonal Violence; CJ 508 Principles of Forensic Science I; CJ 509 Principles of Forensic Science II: Advanced Criminalistics; LA 500 Introduction to the Legal System; LA 590 Supervising Legal Research and Writing; LA 591 Advanced Legal Research and Writing/Computerized Legal Research; PS 529 Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence; PS 583 Psychology and Treatment of the Juvenile Offender; PS 586 Field Experience in Criminal Court; PS 587 Psychology, Social Policy, and Law; PS 588 Police Psychology; PS 589 Behavioral Criminology; PS 590 Issues in Criminal Assessment and Investigation; PS 591 Child Victimization; PS 592 Foundations of Political Psychology; PS 598 Project. SOC 507 Juvenile Justice or PS 584 Psychology of Criminal Behavior can be chosen as an elective if not taken as part of the core requirements.

* PS 501 is a prerequisite for PS 585
** PS 599F is taken on a pass/fail basis and has the following prerequisites: PS 501, PS 580, PS 581, PS 584, and 12 additional program credits
*** Students pursuing the M.A. in Forensic Psychology and M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling should select either CE 508 or CE 509 as one of their electives.

With prior approval of faculty, graduate credit for other elective courses can be applied toward the student’s degree.

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USA Arlington, Virginia
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