Top Forensic Psychology Universities

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Top Forensic Psychology Universities
Forensic psychology is a growing field within clinical psychology. (maltreatment - slavery image by iMAGINE from

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), forensic psychology applies the principles of psychology to the law and the criminal justice system. While there are schools that offer forensic psychology as a degree, it is not necessary to get a formal degree. You may adapt a degree in any discipline within psychology to use within the legal system, provided it is from a recognised and accredited program.

Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern University's main campus is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and it has satellite campuses in Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami, Orlando and Palm Beach. The university offers master's degrees on campus and online in school counselling and mental health. The two APA-accredited doctoral programs offered are on campus and include an internship at the culmination of the program. Students complete practicum hours in the CPS Psychology Services Center, which offers psychological services to the community. Forensic psychology is offered as a specialisation or concentration requiring about 12 hours of coursework.

Nova Southeastern University

Center for Psychological Studies

3301 College Avenue

Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314


Florida Institute of Technology

Located in Melbourne, Florida, the Florida Institute of Technology program is campus-based, accredited by the APA and gives students access to licensure in any state. According to FIT, "The program leading to the Psy.D. is based on a practitioner/scientist model and is committed to the Vail model of training and the training conferences of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP)." The program is offered as a doctorate in clinical psychology with an elective concentration in forensic psychology. The student is required to complete a written comprehensive exam. An internship at an APA-recognised facility completes the curriculum.

Florida Institute of Technology

150 W. University Blvd

Melbourne, FL 32901


The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Nationally accredited and recognised by the APA, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers forensic psychology as a doctoral program at its Chicago, Los Angeles and Irvine, California, campuses and a master's program at its Chicago and Washington, D.C., locations. The Psy.D. program takes four to five years for completion, while the master's program is about two years in length. Students at the Chicago School participate in hands-on, practical and classroom experiences and are placed in internships within the community. The Chicago facility has a forensic centre offering students functional learning conditions in real-world situations.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

325 North Wells Street

Chicago, IL 60654


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