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The MS in Forensic Psychology at Neumann University

A relatively new subfield of psychology, forensic psychology is a dynamic, competitive, and mission-driven field related to psychology and the law. As a discipline, forensic psychology explores the connection between human behavior and the justice system — serving as the application of psychology to issues relating to the legal system. Professionals working in forensic psychology are tasked with improving the relationships between individuals and the legal system — by assessing, evaluating, and treating offenders and victims.  

Neumann University’s Master of Science in Forensic Psychology is designed to provide skills in psychological and intelligence analysis within the criminal and civil justice systems. The degree focuses on understanding, evaluation, and treatment of offenders and victims, both individually and in aggregate. 

The program includes a set of required courses, with some flexibility to customize coursework based on individual interests. In the 2nd year, students may choose a traditional track or an Intelligence Studies track using the Analyst’s Notebook.

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What is the difference between forensic psychology and forensic science?

There is a common misconception that there is no difference between forensic psychology and forensic science, but these two...

What is the difference between forensic psychology and forensic science?

There is a common misconception that there is no difference between forensic psychology and forensic science, but these two fields are not interchangeable. 

Forensic science “examine[s] and analyze[s] evidence from crime scenes,” including by not limited to DNA collection, fingerprinting, ballistics studies, and other laboratory work. Differing from forensic science, forensic psychology is the study and application of psychology within a legal framework. 

While both forensic psychology and forensic science are integral parts of the judicial system, these two disciplines are vastly different and require professionals with very different training and skill sets. 

Unlike forensic scientists, professionals who pursue a career in forensic psychology learn the science of human behavior and master the ability to effectively assess and advise individuals within a legal and judicial context.

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What are some forensic psychology careers?

Careers in forensic psychology are vast and dynamic, ranging from law enforcement to analysis, from public policy to consulting. Here’s a closer look at...

What are some forensic psychology careers?

Careers in forensic psychology are vast and dynamic, ranging from law enforcement to analysis, from public policy to consulting. Here’s a closer look at potential work environments and careers in forensic psychology.

  • Crime/Research Analyst
  • Court Diversion Coordinator
  • Juvenile Justice Reform Program Manager
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Correctional Counselor/Specialist
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Investigative Analyst
  • Mitigation Specialist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Pretrial Services Officer
  • Sentencing Advocate
  • Sex Offender Supervisor
  • Suicidology Researcher
  • Trial Consultant
  • Victim Specialist
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What is the forensic psychology salary for those with a master’s in forensic psychology?

A forensic psychologist’s salary depends on a variety of factors including level of education, area of...

What is the forensic psychology salary for those with a master’s in forensic psychology?

A forensic psychologist’s salary depends on a variety of factors including level of education, area of expertise, location, and position. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for psychologists, including those working in forensics, is around $80,000 — with a job growth rate of 8 percent.

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How long is the MS in Forensic Psychology program?

Full-time students typically graduate within two years. Our program is a 36-credit program with 12 courses.

What do I need to apply?

The program accepts incoming students for the Fall and Spring semesters. Our program offers rolling admissions, and application deadlines differ by semesters. You can visit...

What do I need to apply?

The program accepts incoming students for the Fall and Spring semesters. Our program offers rolling admissions, and application deadlines differ by semesters. You can visit our admissions page or contact an admissions counselor for more details: gradadultadmiss@neumann.edu.

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