Program Details

Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
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ProgramLength:
Total Program Credits: 36
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $500 per credit. [More Info]

Overview

The Psychology of Criminal Behavior and Rehabilitation

Study human psychology and the role it plays in criminal behavior, our legal system and rehabilitation through the Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology program at Grand Canyon University.

This advanced forensic psychology degree program is available through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as a comprehensive look at human psychology and our society's response to criminal behavior. Use research and statistical analysis to help you understand current legal system initiatives, policies and ethical practices. Explore ways to improve our current systems of justice and human rehabilitation.

Improved critical thinking, leadership and analysis skills can help you understand the current and future implications of criminal behavior along with an exploration of strategies to improve crime rates through successful rehabilitation and reintegration of criminals into society.

Degree Outcomes

Psychology and Analysis of Human Behavior

Through peer discussion, collaboration, self-directed research and writing, you can identify trends or issues correlated between human behavior and criminal activity. A capstone project at the end of your Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology program can help prepare you for a prospective career or advanced learning through research of occupations and experts in forensic-related fields (legal staff, police officer, security and corrections personnel, private investigator, etc.).

What You Will Learn

The "How" and "Why" Behind Criminal Behavior

Apply the statistical and analytical studies of forensic psychology to advance your knowledge of criminal activity, local and national legal system laws and practices. Course topics include:

  • Ethical issues in psychology
  • Criminal behavior theories
  • Social and cultural psychology
  • Psychology and the legal system
  • Statistics and research methods
  • Rehabilitation and reintegration

Career Outcomes

Government and Law Enforcement Careers

Many government and law enforcement agencies employ forensic psychologists to study criminal behavior and identify possible trends. Others in this discipline conduct research as a means toward recommending rules or initiatives for reforming current laws and practices. The MS in psychology with an emphasis in forensic psychology can prepare you for further education through a doctorate degree in psychology (PhD) or within education (EdD or EdS).

Course List

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Major:
36 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
36 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the liberal arts. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course serves as the foundation for advanced graduate study in the field of psychology. Professional skill development, such as critical thinking, scholarly writing, and literature reviewing are covered, as well as contemporary ethical issues in the field of psychology, including issues in research, writing, psychotherapy, forensic psychology, and animal research.

Course Description

This course is a study of social, group, and multicultural factors affecting individual behavior. Attention is given to the development of attitudes, leadership roles, group thinking, sources of conflict, altruism, attraction, effects of competition and cooperation, analysis and evaluation of propaganda techniques, and the influence of mass communication on social awareness and control.

Course Description

This course explores classic and contemporary theories of crime causation, including psychological, developmental, and social causes of crime and theories of punishment.

Course Description

This course provides a psychological perspective for understanding legal issues, an examination of the various roles, functions, strategies, and interagency relationships of the courts, government entities, elements of the crime, and the individual as it relates to due process within the context of crime control.

Course Description

This course provides a study of theories of probability, descriptive and inferential analyses of data, and testing of statistical hypotheses. Practical experience is provided in the application of statistical methods.

Course Description

This course emphasizes both the theoretical and applied aspects of experimental design and research methodology at the graduate level, including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed designs.

Course Description

This course requires students to comprehensively examine various psychopathologies behind criminal behavior. Topics such as biological, genetic, neurochemical, cognitive, and sociological factors underlying criminal behavior will be examined. A focus will be placed on addiction, brain imaging, and future biopsychosocial research.

Course Description

This course examines various approaches to rehabilitative treatments in offender populations. A close look at rehabilitative methods within sex offenders, drug offenders, white collar criminals, cyber criminals, female offenders, juveniles, and mentally ill populations will be taken. Students will examine public policy and research based methods for successful prevention and community reintegration.

Course Description

This course prepares students to enter their prospective career and/or continue their education in psychology. Students will explore occupations and leaders in the various psychological fields, formulate and compile their experiences and achievements, and construct a roadmap for success. Original research ideas will be solidified and presented.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations

Online

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Evening

Evening

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program’s published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution’s catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who graduated between 7/1 – 6/30 of the preceding year. The On-Time Completion rate is determined by the number of students in the cohort who completed the program within the published program length divided by the number of students in the cohort who graduated.

Online and Evening program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.