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FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY AREA OF FOCUSPlease note: The Forensic Psychology area of focus is an informal track within the General MA Psychology Program. If you are a prospective applicant interested in the Forensic area of focus, you should apply directly to the General MA Psychology Program and write in your statement of purpose that your interest is in Forensic Psychology.
The NYU General Master’s Degree area of focus in Forensic Psychology focuses on the intersection between psychology and the justice system. Forensic Psychology is the professional practice by psychologists within the areas of clinical, counseling, school, or other specializations of psychology, when providing professional psychological expertise to the judicial system.
The three areas of knowledge required for the practice of forensic psychology are:
Career pathways with the Forensic Psychology area of focus include: academic researcher, consultant to law enforcement, correctional psychologist, evaluator for criminal or civil cases, expert witness, treatment provider, trial consultant, among many others.
Note: The area of focus in Forensic Psychology
is available as an informal track
that does not appear on students' transcripts. For more
information on the field of Forensic Psychology, including career
opportunities, we recommend looking into APA’s
the context of the broader requirements of the MA program, the
suggested 36-credit curriculum with a forensic psychology area of focus
is below. Note that the curriculum is flexible, and
students will work individually with a faculty advisor to develop a
study plan tailored to their specific career goals in Forensic
Recommended Forensic Psychology Core Courses – 12 credits (choose at least four)
Elective Forensic Psychology Courses – 3 credits (choose at least one)
A total of 9 credits (3 courses) of electives must be taken in addition to the above Foundation, Core, and Forensic Core courses. One of these elective courses (3 credits) must be taken within the Psychology Department. The other two can be taken across other schools/departments at NYU. Exceptions require advisement permission.
Electives in other departments and schools at NYU
As the largest private University in the country, NYU has multiple Schools, Centers, and Departments with psychology related courses. You may take up to two elective courses from other divisions of NYU to broaden your perspective on the topic. Note: some schools/departments have limitations on enrollments so it is recommended to register early and/or speak with each department/school as needed to understand requirements for cross-registration. Because schools continuously update their offerings, please check their catalog or website.
Our forensic professors are all licensed psychologists with active clinical practices and/or research programs. Some hold law degrees and other postdoctoral credentials. They have extensive experience in outpatient and inpatient clinical-forensic assessment and psychotherapy. As a group, they have worked with multiple populations and disorders: violent offenders, sexual predators, stalkers, substance abusers, trauma victims, and pathological family systems (including domestic violence, child abuse, and delinquency). Beyond the basics, their diverse experiences include police and detective work; psychological evaluation of police; civil and criminal law practice, expert witness work, forensic media consultation, and published social science research.Forensics @ NYU:
As the largest private University in the country, NYU has multiple Schools, Centers, and Departments with forensic interests and courses. There are multiple opportunities to absorb and integrate the broader multidisciplinary field of forensics. This includes the physical and social sciences (e.g., biology, anthropology, criminology); clinical practice (social work, psychiatry); media studies (the CSI phenomenon: creative journalism); computer science (cybercrime); business (forensic accounting); and the arts (e.g., forensic graphics for law enforcement agencies). Other relevant disciplines include politics and foreign languages (the most recent CIA employment openings for psychologists specify profiling of foreign leaders and governments). Finally, the prestigious School of Law at NYU is affiliated with the interdisciplinary Law and Society MA Program within the Graduate School of Arts & Science, where qualified forensic psychology students can take courses.