Argosy University

Forensic Psychology
Master of Arts

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Argosy University, Atlanta;  Argosy University, Chicago; Argosy University, Dallas; Argosy University, Denver; Argosy University, Hawai‘i; Argosy University, Inland Empire; Argosy University, Los Angeles; Argosy University, Nashville; Argosy University, Orange County; Argosy University, Phoenix; Argosy University, Salt Lake City; Argosy University, San Diego; Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area; Argosy University, Sarasota; Argosy University, Seattle; Argosy University, Twin Cities; Argosy University, Washington DC

Core Course Requirements

Students in the MA in Forensic Psychology degree program complete  eight core courses (24 credit hours).

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

FP6005 - Maladaptive Behavior and Psychopathology (3)
FP6010 - Psychology and the Legal System (3)
FP6015 - Psychology of Criminal Behavior (3)
FP6020 - Individual Assessment (3)
FP6030 - Research and Evaluation (3)
FP6500 - Professional and Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology (3)
FP6535 - Consultation, Triage and Testimony in Forensic Psychology (3)
FP6540 - Forensic Psychology Seminar (3)

Core Course Requirements—24 Credit Hours

 

Concentration Requirements

Students in the MA in Forensic Psychology degree program may choose to complete one of the following concentrations:

  • Assessment
  • Homeland Security
  • Law Enforcement
  • Treatment

Assessment Concentration

The Assessment concentration is designed to prepare students whose career goals are in the area of evaluating offenders primarily for use in criminal justice dispositions.

Assessment Concentration—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

FP6035 - Evaluation and Treatment of Offenders (3)
FP6520 - Forensic Psychological Assessment (3)
FP6901 - Sex Offender Evaluation and Treatment (3)

Assessment Concentration Requirements—9 Credit Hours

 

Homeland Security Concentration

The Homeland Security concentration is designed to develop working knowledge of essential interrogation, interviewing, counterintelligence and other skills needed for forensic psychologists working in this field.

Homeland Security Concentration Requirements—Students Choose Three of the Following

 

FP6902 - Issues in Psychological Profiling (3)
FP6903 - Psychology of Counterintelligence (3)
FP6904 - Operational Psychology (3)
FP6906 - Interviewing and Interrogation: History and Techniques (3)

Homeland Security Concentration—9 Credit Hours

 

Law Enforcement Concentration

The Law Enforcement concentration is designed to prepare students  whose career goals are in law enforcement agencies.

Law Enforcement Concentration Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

FP6880 - Police Psychology (3)
FP6902 - Issues in Psychological Profiling (3)
FP6906 - Interviewing and Interrogation: History and Techniques (3)

Law Enforcement Concentration Requirements—9 Credit Hours

 

Treatment Concentration

The Treatment concentration is designed to prepare students whose career goals are in the area of evaluation and treatment interventions for offenders and for those who are victims of criminal behavior.

Treatment Concentration—Students Choose Three of the Following

 

FP6035 - Evaluation and Treatment of Offenders (3)
FP6525 - Psychology of the Victim (3)
FP6900 - Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
FP6901 - Sex Offender Evaluation and Treatment (3)
FP6905 - Correctional Psychology (3)

Treatment Concentration Requirements—9 Credit Hours

 

Elective Requirements

Students in the MA in Forensic Psychology degree program complete one elective course (3 credit hours) that has not already been taken to fulfill the concentration requirements.

Elective Requirements—Students Choose One of the Following

 

FP6035 - Evaluation and Treatment of Offenders (3)
FP6520 - Forensic Psychological Assessment (3)
FP6525 - Psychology of the Victim (3)
FP6530 - Forensic Program Development and Evaluation (3)
FP6880 - Police Psychology (3)
FP6900 - Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
FP6901 - Sex Offender Evaluation and Treatment (3)
FP6902 - Issues in Psychological Profiling (3)
FP6903 - Psychology of Counterintelligence (3)
FP6904 - Operational Psychology (3)
FP6905 - Correctional Psychology (3)
FP6906 - Interviewing and Interrogation: History and Techniques (3)
PC6000 - Counseling Theory (3)**
PC6104 - Counseling Skills I (3)**
PC6505 - Group Counseling (3)**

Elective Requirements—3 Credit Hours

Note

**Requires permission of the Counselor Education and Forensic Psychology program chairs.

General Track Requirements

Students in the MA in Forensic Psychology degree program who do not pursue a specific concentration or who seek a customized concentration have the opportunity to complete a general track. Students opting to complete the general track select four courses (12 credit hours) from the list of available elective courses and will be required to consult with their advisor and seek department approval for their selected concentration.

General Track Requirements—Students Choose Four of the Following

 

FP6035 - Evaluation and Treatment of Offenders (3)
FP6520 - Forensic Psychological Assessment (3)
FP6525 - Psychology of the Victim (3)
FP6880 - Police Psychology (3)
FP6900 - Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
FP6901 - Sex Offender Evaluation and Treatment (3)
FP6902 - Issues in Psychological Profiling (3)
FP6903 - Psychology of Counterintelligence (3)
FP6904 - Operational Psychology (3)
FP6905 - Correctional Psychology (3)
FP6906 - Interviewing and Interrogation: History and Techniques (3)
PC6000 - Counseling Theory (3)**
PC6104 - Counseling Skills I (3)**
PC6505 - Group Counseling (3)**

General Track Requirements—12 Credit Hours

Note

**Requires permission of the Counselor Education and Forensic Psychology program chairs.

Forensic Psychology Seminar Requirements

This seminar (not for students in the Forensic Psychophysiology Track) will include students that are either completing field experience or who wish to conduct a review of a special topic in the field of forensic psychology. During the end of the first year of study, the student will determine with their advisor if they will select a Forensic Field Experience or a Special Topics Paper.

Students completing the Special Topics Paper review an issue related to forensic psychology that becomes the focus of their contribution to the seminar. Field Experience students gain training in a forensic setting which becomes the focus of their contribution to the seminar.

Forensic Psychophysiology Track Requirements (Argosy University, Washington DC Only)

The Forensic Psychophysiology track of the program is offered at Argosy University, Washington DC. This track has been designed for the continued professional development of Department of Defense (DoD) personnel, non-DoD federal personnel, and state and local criminal justice and intelligence agency employees. This track is designed to provide the opportunity for students to receive the theoretical and empirical foundation to apply techniques of forensic psychophysiology and to understand the role of these methods in the broader forensic psychology systems.

The MA in Forensic Psychology degree program with the Forensic Psychophysiology track requires the satisfactory completion of 39 semester credit hours by the end of the fourth year of matriculation, distributed as follows: core course requirements, 21 credit hours; Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment (DACA) course requirements, 15 credit hours; and elective requirements, 3 credit hours.

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

FP6005 - Maladaptive Behavior and Psychopathology (3)
FP6010 - Psychology and the Legal System (3)
FP6015 - Psychology of Criminal Behavior (3)
FP6020 - Individual Assessment (3)
FP6030 - Research and Evaluation (3)
FP6500 - Professional and Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology (3)

Students Choose One of the Following

 

FP6035 - Evaluation and Treatment of Offenders (3)
FP6525 - Psychology of the Victim (3)

Core Course Requirements—21 Credit Hours

 

Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment (DACA) Course Requirements —Students Are Required to Take the Following

  • PDD501 Interview Techniques (4)
  • PDD503 PDD Analysis II (2)
  • PDD505 PDD Methods II (2)
  • PHY501 Physiology of PDD (4)
  • PSY501 Psychology of PDD (3)

Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment (DACA) Course Requirements — 15 Credit Hours

 

Elective Requirements—Students Are Required to Take One of the Following Options

 

Option 1 PDD600 PDD Internship (offered through DACA)
Option 2 One additional course from the Argosy University, Washington DC
Forensic Psychology Program [must be completed in an on-campus or blended format]
Elective Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Comprehensive Examination Requirements

All students must successfully complete a Comprehensive Examination. The examination requires students to integrate course material into a form demonstrating both mastery and the ability to organize the material coherently and logically. Students who do not pass the Comprehensive Examination will receive feedback concerning their performance on the examination, and assistance in gaining additional experience to facilitate successful completion of this program requirement. A student who does not pass all parts of the comprehensive exam within three attempts will be automatically dismissed from the program.

Prior to taking the Comprehensive Examination, students must successfully complete all required first- and second-year courses, excluding the Forensic Seminar, as demonstrated by earning a grade of  “B-" or better in all coursework. They must also submit an application to take the exam to the campus dean or program chair. Transferred courses are considered successfully completed.

Students taking the Comprehensive Examination must be in good academic standing, with a GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0).

Comprehensive Examination Procedures

The Comprehensive Examination is offered during class a minimum of two times a year. The schedule of the exams will be distributed by the department. Students interested in taking the Comprehensive Examination should complete a request form at least two months before they intend to take the exam and return it to the department.

More information concerning preparation for the Comprehensive Examination will be provided as students become eligible to take the exam.

Course/Credit Transfer

Students may transfer a maximum of 12 credit hours towards the MA in Forensic Psychology degree program. (For students in the Forensic Psychophysiology track, up to 3 credit hours may be transferred.) For further information on course/credit transfer criteria, please refer to “Section Seven, Academic Policies and Procedures.”

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