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Master of Arts (MA) in Forensic Psychology

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Forensic Psychology Master of Arts | Argosy University, Nashville Argosy's Nashville master of arts in forensic psychology students apply theories related to the interaction between criminal and civil legal systems and psychology. https://www.argosy.edu/locations/nashville/counseling-psychology-and-social-sciences-4/master-of-arts-in-forensic-psychology?section=admissions-requirements

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The Master of Arts (MA) in Forensic Psychology degree program at Argosy University, Nashville is designed to educate and train individuals who are currently working, or wish to work, in fields that utilize the study and practice of forensic psychology. Curriculum is designed to provide for an understanding of theory, training, and practice of forensic psychology. It is designed to emphasize the development of students who are committed to the ethical provision of quality services to diverse clients and organizations. The Argosy University, Nashville Forensic Psychology program maintains policies and delivery formats suitable for working adults.

The MA in Forensic Psychology degree program is designed to provide coursework in forensic psychology for application to law enforcement, legal and organizational consultation, and program analysis.

Program Learning Outcomes
Outcome One: Psychological Theory and Practice
Apply theoretical concepts and methodological approaches of psychology to forensic practice.

Outcome Two: Legal Theory and Application
Apply theories related to the interaction between the criminal and civil legal systems and psychology.

Outcome Three: Research and Evaluation
Critically evaluate the existing literature and body of knowledge in assessment, evaluation, and research methods in forensic practice.

Outcome Four: Leadership, Consultation, and Ethics
Use leadership, consultative, and ethical knowledge, skills and attitudes to succeed in forensic practice.

Outcome Five: Interpersonal Effectiveness
Achieve personal development and demonstrate positive relationship skills via effective communication, respect for others, and awareness of their impact on others.

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Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution
  • A grade point average (GPA) on (on a scale of 4.0) as described below. Additional requirements may apply.
    • 2.7 for the bachelor's degree, or
    • 3.0 for the last 60 hours of coursework (including graduate work), or
    • Between 2.0 and 2.7 for the bachelor's degree. Students seeking admission with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.7 will be required to submit a personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession, current résumé (or career summary), one completed letter from a current employer, and evidence of completing one undergraduate introductory psychology course with a grade of "C" or better. Students admitted with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.7 must enroll in W5096 - Academic Writing within the first 15 week semester and pass within the first 30 weeks. Admission between 2.0 and 2.7 must be approved by the department chair and must be justified, documented, signed, placed, and retained in the student's academic file.
      • Between 2.0 and 2.4 for the bachelor's degree. Students are also required to submit three academic or professional letters of recommendation (one from an employer).
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."

The application process for admission into the MA in Forensic Psychology degree program requires the submission of material that will enable the Admissions Department to verify the applicant's academic qualifications for enrollment in the program.

All applicants to the program must submit the following materials by the application deadline:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession
  • If the basis of admission is an earned bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (on a scale of 4.0), an official transcript from the degree granting institution
  • If the basis of admission is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for the last 60 hours of coursework, official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended during the 60 hours of study

Course List

Core Course Requirements (24 Credit Hours)

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

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

FP6005 - Maladaptive Behavior and Psychopathology
(3)

(3)

FP6010 - Psychology and the Legal System
(3)

(3)

FP6015 - Psychology of Criminal Behavior
(3)

(3)

FP6020 - Individual Assessment
(3)

(3)

FP6030 - Research and Evaluation
(3)

(3)

FP6500 - Professional and Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology
(3)

(3)

FP6520 - Forensic Psychological Assessment
(3)

(3)

FP6525 - Psychology of the Victim
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements—24 Credit Hours

 

Concentration Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

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

  • Assessment and Treatment
  • Homeland Security
  • Law Enforcement
Assessment and Treatment Concentration

 The Assessment and Treatment concentration is designed to prepare students whose career goals are in the area of are in the area of evaluating offenders primarily for use in criminal justice dispositions and in the area of treatment interventions for offenders and for those who are victims of criminal behavior.

Assessment and Treatment Concentration—Students Choose Four of the Following
FP6035 - Evaluation and Treatment of Offenders
(3)

(3)

FP6535 - Consultation, Triage and Testimony in Forensic Psychology
(3)

(3)

FP6542 - Forensic Psychology Field Placement
(3)

(3)

FP6900 - Substance Abuse Counseling
(3)

(3)

FP6906 - Interviewing and Interrogation: History and Techniques
(3)

(3)

Assessment and Treatment Concentration Requirements—12 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 Four of the Following
FP6542 - Forensic Psychology Field Placement
(3)

(3)

FP6902 - Issues in Psychological Profiling
(3)

(3)

FP6903 - Psychology of Counterintelligence
(3)

(3)

FP6904 - Operational Psychology
(3)

(3)

FP6906 - Interviewing and Interrogation: History and Techniques
(3)

(3)

Homeland Security Concentration Requirements—12 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 Choose Four of the Following
FP6542 - Forensic Psychology Field Placement
(3)

(3)

FP6880 - Police Psychology
(3)

(3)

FP6902 - Issues in Psychological Profiling
(3)

(3)

FP6905 - Correctional Psychology
(3)

(3)

FP6906 - Interviewing and Interrogation: History and Techniques
(3)

(3)

Law Enforcement Concentration Requirements—12 Credit Hours

 

Elective Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

As an alternative to one of the optional concentrations, students enrolled in the MA in Forensic Psychology degree program may take four elective courses from the list below.

Elective Requirements—Students Choose Four of the Following

 

FP6035 - Evaluation and Treatment of Offenders
(3)

(3)

FP6542 - Forensic Psychology Field Placement
(3)

(3)

FP6880 - Police Psychology
(3)

(3)

FP6900 - Substance Abuse Counseling
(3)

(3)

FP6902 - Issues in Psychological Profiling
(3)

(3)

FP6903 - Psychology of Counterintelligence
(3)

(3)

FP6904 - Operational Psychology
(3)

(3)

FP6905 - Correctional Psychology
(3)

(3)

FP6906 - Interviewing and Interrogation: History and Techniques
(3)

(3)

Elective Requirements—12 Credit Hours

 

Forensic Psychology Field Placement Requirements

The Field Experience option is available to only campus-based students, and those who are interested in completing a field experience. Field Experience provides an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills gained within the Forensic Psychology degree program in selected  forensic settings within their community.

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) transfer 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)

(3)

FP6010 - Psychology and the Legal System
(3)

(3)

FP6015 - Psychology of Criminal Behavior
(3)

(3)

FP6020 - Individual Assessment
(3)

(3)

FP6030 - Research and Evaluation
(3)

(3)

FP6500 - Professional and Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology
(3)

(3)

FP6525 - Psychology of the Victim
(3)

(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
Note:
† The Defense Academic for Credibility Assessment (DACA) courses (PDD) are the only approved transfer courses accepted from DACA for the Forensic Psychophysiology track offered at Washington DC
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
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 department 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 toward the MA in Forensic Psychology degree program. For further information on course/credit transfer criteria, please refer to Section Seven, Academic Policies and Procedures.

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