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Forensic Psychology Specialization Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Explore Trends in Criminal Behavior

Interested in a better understanding of the criminal mind? Using research and evidence-based practices that take into account cultural and social diversity, Capella’s online master's in clinical psychology, forensic psychology degree can provide important insight. This program brings students to the intersection of human behavior and the criminal mind, and provides the knowledge and skills to understand law and legal institutions to help you stand out in the field. The coursework is also designed to set you on a direct path to graduate study at the doctoral level.

What to Expect

  • Online 
  • 5 Core Courses
  • 6 Specialization Courses

Classes Start January 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admissions Requirements  »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Analyze Psychology Research

Analyze research related to clinical and forensic psychology.

Adhere to Ethical Standards

Apply ethical principles related to practice in academics, research, and the practice of forensic psychology.

Embrace Diversity

Master multicultural competencies in scholarly work as it relates to forensic populations.

Apply Your Knowledge

Apply theory and research findings into the practice of forensic psychology.

Communicate Professionally

Communicate through scholarly writing and technologies using the professional standards of the discipline. 

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.

Real-World Application

With our competency-based learning model, you can immediately apply real-world skills to the work you do every day.

Direct Path to Doctoral Study

The coursework meets many of the prerequisites for PhD and PsyD programs, helping to set you on a direct path to doctoral study.

Professionally Credible, Professionally Aligned

This program is built on core foundational psychology coursework to ensure professional credibility, and it’s designed for those interested in the legal and corrections systems. The curriculum emphasizes psychology and the law, techniques in forensic practice, and issues in forensic psychology.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$20,570$28,165*   MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$485 per credit, 55 total quarter credits, 15 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

10% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Flexible, Engaging Online Learning

Access your online learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

Our master's in clinical psychology, forensic psychology curriculum focuses on competencies in conducting forensic assessments and research with forensic programs and populations, including incarcerated and recently released offenders.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY6210 Introduction to Psychopathology
PSY7610 Tests and Measurements
PSY8340 Psychology and the Law
PSY8350 Techniques of Forensic Practice
PSY8360 Issues and Trends in Forensic Practice

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Advisors

Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

What Is Forensic Psychology?

A review of the education and preparation necessary for a career in forensic psychology.

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Understanding the Differences Between Clinical & Non-Clinical Psychology

Learn how licensure, education methods, and workplaces differ in clinical vs. non-clinical psychology.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our master's in clinical psychology, forensic psychology degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Forensics
  • Analyst
  • Interviewer
  • Researcher
  • Assessment specialist
  • Case worker
  • Consultant
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Instructor

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Federal, state, and municipal government agencies
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department of Probation and Parole Courts
  • Self-employed (contract with attorneys)
  • Community college
  • Land-based or online college or university

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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