Online Colleges for Forensic Psychology

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Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  1. Offer at least one degree or certificate in that subject online
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2015-16

Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on six criteria:

  1. In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  3. Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  4. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded by the school in 2015-16 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  5. Related subjects, based on the number of similar programs that the school offers at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  6. Variety of degree levels, based on the number of degree and certificate levels out of a possible nine that the school offers in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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Though TV may have overly glamorized it, there's no doubt that forensic psychology is an important part of the criminal justice process. Forensic psychologists perform the duties of clinical psychology -- observing, interpreting, assessing, experimenting with and recording how people relate to each other and their environments -- specifically as it pertains to crime. These professionals assess those who are involved with or commit crimes, usually reporting their findings in criminal proceedings. They often must evaluate defendants' competency and give testimony in court.

This area of psychology requires specialized postgraduate education, usually at the doctoral level. According to the American Psychological Association, unlike psychology -- which is usually an undergraduate major -- the practice of forensic psychology typically requires either a PhD or PsyD degree in the specialty, along with at least two years of supervised professional experience. The benefit of online degree programs for forensic psychology is that its convenience enables professionals working in the field who are interested in pursuing this specialization to do so from anywhere or while working full time.

Best Online Colleges for Forensic Psychology

To help guide the search for the programs that best meet students' interests and needs, we've used data from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to rank the best online colleges for this subject. Weighing factors such as number and types of related degrees offered, tuition, graduation data and more (for more details on our proprietary methodology, see the bottom of this page), we've developed this ranking of the 10 best online colleges for forensic psychology.

1

Missouri State University - Springfield

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,060
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
32%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
63
School Type
4-year

This public, comprehensive university emphasizes public affairs as part of its mission, incorporating ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement -- an emphasis that ties nicely to the profession of psychology. The school offers multiple fully online bachelor's and graduate degree programs, including the following:

  • Bachelor of science in criminology and criminal justice
  • Bachelor of science in psychology
  • Master of science in criminology and criminal justice

Additionally, the school offers undergraduate minors in criminology/criminal justice, psychology and sociology. Completed in conjunction with a criminology or psychology degree program, these minors can be an extra source of skills and learning for students pursuing forensic psychology. Students should note that not all of MSU's online programs can be taken in all states.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission (regional); certification for master of science program in psychology provided by Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology (Certification only).

Location:

901 S. National,
Springfield, Missouri 65897
 
2

Old Dominion University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,750
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
41
School Type
4-year

ODU prides itself on being "Virginia's forward-focused metropolitan research university." It boasts academic facilities, extensive research and collaboration activities, and a variety of student resources, including career development and computing spaces.

Old Dominion has been delivering online education for more than 30 years, using the same faculty and coursework both online and on campus. Synchronous and asynchronous courses are both available, and some courses can even be delivered on portable media, such as DVD or CD-ROM. Though ODU doesn't offer graduate-level degree programs specific to forensic psychology, it does offer online bachelor's degree programs in criminal justice, cybercrime (interdisciplinary) and psychology, as well minors in criminal justice and psychology, all of which can serve as a good starting place for the field.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Location:

5115 Hampton Blvd.,
Norfolk, VA 23529
 
3

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,774
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
68%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
18
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1969, UTPB is the only university named after a geological formation, and this institution surrounded by an oil field is a strong player in the fields of science and technology. This extends to its online offerings, which are robust and include degrees provided in collaboration with other UT System's online consortium of schools.

Those interested in pursuing careers in forensic psychology won't be able to complete online graduate training in this specialty at UTPB, but the university's online undergraduate programs can be an excellent starting place. They include:

  • Online bachelor's completion degree program in criminology and criminal justice, designed for students who already have completed their first two years of undergraduate work
  • Online bachelor's degree programs in psychology, in both traditional and eight-week timeframes
  • Online bachelor's degree programs in sociology, in both traditional and eight-week timeframes

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Location:

4901 E. University,
Odessa, Texas 79762-0001
 
4

Indiana State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,746
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
39%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
55
School Type
4-year

This university, which was founded in 1865, is committed to making higher education accessible for all, and its mission calls for diversity, equity and inclusion. This extends to a high number of online offerings, as well as plenty of help for their students: dedicated academic advisors, online student service concierges to help with such issues as time management and career exploration, online tutoring and IT support.

Students looking to embark on forensic psychology careers can receive undergraduate and master's-level education relevant to the subject through the following online programs:

  • Bachelor of Science degree programs in criminology and criminal justice or psychology
  • Master of Arts or Master of Science degree programs in criminology and criminal justice
  • Online minors in corrections, criminology and criminal justice, forensic investigations, law enforcement and evidence, psychology or sociology, to complement any undergraduate major

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission.

Location:

210 N. 7th St.,
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809
 
5

Westfield State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,275
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
36%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7
School Type
4-year

Known as the Normal School at Barre when it was founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State U makes our list for its commitment to inclusiveness and accessibility for all students. The school prides itself on this, which it says dates back 175 years, when it became the first coed college to offer education without regard for race, creed or economic status.

Westfield State's fully online programs for undergraduates are degree completion programs. They're designed for students who have completed their first two years of study and wish to earn their bachelor's degrees. For future forensic psychologists, the online bachelor's degree completion programs in criminal justice, psychology or sociology can serve as a good stepping stone towards graduate work in this specialty. Additionally, while majoring in one, you may choose to minor in the other; online minors are available in psychology and sociology.

Accreditation:

  • Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Location:

577 Western Ave.,
Westfield, Massachusetts 01086-1630
 
6

Blue Mountain College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,212
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
46%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
2
School Type
4-year

This small liberal arts college in Mississippi is affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention, and it emphasizes servant leadership and service to church and community as part of its identity statement. Though its online offerings are few, BMC offers many of its core courses online, as well as three fully online degree programs -- two of which aspiring forensic psychologists may appreciate:

  • Bachelor of Science in psychology degree program
  • Bachelor of Science in criminal justice degree program

Courses in these programs are eight weeks long each, and faculty are professing Christians who teach from a Christian worldview. Though BMC doesn't offer the graduate training forensic psychologists typically would need, these programs can build a solid foundation for future study.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Location:

201 W. Main St.,
Blue Mountain,Mississippi 38610-9509
 
7

University of Missouri - St. Louis

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,394
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
25%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
16
School Type
4-year

UMSL is one of only two institutions in Missouri to receive the National Security Agency/ Department of Homeland Security designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. This is due to USML's ample involvement in the field of crime detection, which may be appealing to students who are interested in forensic psychology.

The school has developed numerous programs that are designed for working adults, with formats from night and weekend classes, to hybrid and fully online programs. Among its offerings are a Bachelor of Science in criminology and criminal justice degree program (available fully online or hybridized) and either a B.A. or B.S. in psychology (available in hybrid format).

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission.

Location:

One University Blvd.,
St. Louis, Missouri 63121-4400
 
8

Saint Leo University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$21,440
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
68%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
62
School Type
4-year

This liberal arts university in Central Florida is the oldest Catholic institution of higher education in the state. It prides itself on fostering a sense of community and mutual respect, and as such it welcomes students of all faiths and walks of life. All students at Saint Leo take courses in religion and philosophy, with no Christian or Catholic-specific requirements.

Saint Leo's online offerings for those who wish to pursue careers in forensic psychology are generous indeed. While many of the schools on our list feature just one or two related programs, Saint Leo offers an entire list of relevant online degree programs, many of which offer pertinent specializations in the bargain.

  • Associate of Arts in criminal justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice (general) or with emphases on criminalistics or homeland security
  • Master of Science in criminal justice (general), or with emphases on behavioral studies specialization, corrections, criminal investigations, critical incident management, forensic science or legal studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general), or with emphases on clinical/counseling, experimental or developmental
  • Master's in psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in sociology, which includes study on deviance

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Location:

33701 State Road 52,
Saint Leo, Florida 33574-6665
 
9

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$14,307
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
31%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
50
School Type
4-year

Despite its size, scope and standing as a national research university, the nonprofit University of Massachusetts-Lowell boasts small student-to-teacher ratios and a focus on real-world, hands-on learning within the community.

It's also home to one of the largest collections of online and continuing education programs in New England. Not even taking the hybrid programs into account, students interested in forensic psychology may benefit from online programs such as:

  • Bachelor's degree program in psychology
  • Bachelor's degree program in criminal justice
  • Master's degree program in criminal justice
  • Graduate certificate programs in the related fields of clinical pathology, domestic violence prevention, forensic criminology and victim studies

Accreditation:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Location:

1 University Ave.,
Lowell, Massachusetts 01854-5104
 
10

University of North Dakota

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,136
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
36%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
24
School Type
4-year

In addition to a wide range of online courses available in criminal justice and psychology (including abnormal psychology), the University of North Dakota offers a well-rounded foundation for those who plan to pursue careers in forensic psychology. Students can earn an online bachelor's degree in psychology and extend into this specialization with an online master's degree in forensic psychology. Though the program is conducted online, the master's degree does require a one-week, on-campus capstone component.

Online courses at UND feature even more flexibility than most. Some specific courses are known as "Enroll Anytime" courses, and -- as the name suggests -- students can enroll in them at any time of the year and take up to nine months from the start date to complete them. It is important to note that not all courses can be taken in this format, and "Enroll Anytime" courses do NOT qualify for financial aid.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission.

Location:

264 Centennial Drive,
Stop 8193, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202-8193
 

Degree Overview: Forensic Psychology

What should a student expect to experience in the course of an online degree program for forensic psychology? Continue reading this section for information on the coursework that students in these programs may be required to complete, as well as the skills they can learn as they work on their degrees.

Online Forensic Psychology Courses

Because of the tremendous responsibility forensic psychologists have, the scope and coverage of their education is extremely important. Although one online college for forensic psychology may have a very different curriculum from another, the following are some examples of the course topics students are likely to find in their programs.

  • Abnormal psychology:Abnormal psychology looks at the differences between normal and abnormal reactions to the environment, and the different psychological disorders people may suffer from.
  • Psychological assessment: "Psychological assessment" is the art of evaluating people based on personality, emotional and cognitive functioning. Learning how to perform this skill and how to apply the information to forensic situations is the goal of courses in this subject.
  • Victimology: Victimology is the study of crime victims and the different ways a crime can impact their lives. In addition, victimology courses usually touch on how criminals target their victims, helping a forensic psychologist to trace possible patterns in criminal activity more easily.
  • Criminal psychology: This class works to help students gain an understanding of how criminals behave and how they are influenced by their psychosocial environment. It dovetails neatly with abnormal psychology, and could be considered one of the more important courses for a forensic psychologist to take.
  • Testimony: This course can help students develop the ability to provide effective testimony in court. Courses touch on information such as evidentiary issues that may arise as a result of psychological testimony, as well as techniques for answering questions during direct and cross examinations.

Career-Related Skills to Develop

In order to manage their responsibilities effectively, forensic psychologists must develop several skills during their education. The following are some of the skills that can be most useful to these professionals once they are in the field.

  • Critical thinking: Forensic psychologists analyze a criminal's behavior and determine what it means in the context of the case they're working on. In order to do this, these professionals must be able to apply strong critical thinking skills to the evidence they can gather about both suspects and crime scenes.
  • Legal: While forensic psychologists don't have to be as familiar with the law as attorneys and police officers, they still need to have a working knowledge of the law and the role their work plays in the legal process.
  • Verbal communication: Forensic psychologists talk to law enforcement officials and lawyers about their cases, examine defendants and testify in court. In order to do all of this effectively, they need strong enough verbal communication skills to express themselves clearly and accurately.
  • Listening: To gain an appropriate understanding of the people they're examining, forensic psychologists must be able to listen with care. It is important to understand what people are saying, and sometimes what they may not be saying, in order to find the truth of a situation.
  • Assessment: Forensic psychologists have to determine if someone accused of a crime is legally responsible for their actions. Assessment skills are needed to evaluate defendants and diagnose any mental illnesses they have.

Forensic Psychology Career Outlook

The field of forensic psychology can be used in many different ways to help professionals work in concert in order to solve crimes. The following are some examples of forensic psychology careers, including information on the daily job duties of professionals and the education needed to earn each position.

Forensic Science Technicians
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$61,220
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
2,200
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
16.8
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree
While they are not as visible to the public as district attorneys or criminal detectives, forensic science technicians play an integral role in fighting crimes because they're responsible for making sense of evidence that is left behind by criminals. In order to do this, these professionals collect pieces of evidence at a scene and perform different types of analyses to determine what the evidence reveals; document the state of a crime scene by taking photographs or making sketches; and report findings of forensic tests.

In order to land a job as a forensic science technician, candidates need to complete a bachelor's degree in a natural science. In some cases, employers may favor candidates who have earned a master's degree in a specific forensic discipline.

Coroners
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$71,540
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
25,900
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
8.2
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree
Did someone die from a suicide? Homicide? Or a freak accident? Coroners are tasked with answering questions about the cause and manner of someone's death, which is done by performing an autopsy -- a procedure that entails examining the different parts of the body under a microscope, testing samples for the presence of drugs or specific medical conditions, and taking and examining x-rays. In addition, coroners review medical records and information from crime scenes, arrange for the disposal of unclaimed bodies, communicate with other professionals about evidence in a case and provide testimony in court. The educational requirements for coroners vary because they are appointed by specific counties, although generally they're expected to at least have a medical or science bachelor's degree.
Detectives and Criminal Investigators
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$83,320
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
7,500
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
4.5
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
High school diploma or equivalent
Detectives and criminal investigators gather information about crimes that can be used to convict offenders. They do this by interviewing witnesses, participating in raids, developing and maintaining relationships with informants, surveilling suspects and obtaining and executing search warrants.

In order to be successful in this career, professionals must have strong communication, leadership, critical thinking, listening and negotiation skills. These important skills are often refined by participating in a training academy, where detectives and investigators can learn about local, state and federal laws; firearm use; patrol techniques; and emergency response methods.

Forensic Psychologists
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$81,330
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
12,100
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
14.2
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Doctoral or professional degree
The work of forensic psychologists involves the marriage between human behavior analysis and the law, as these professionals use their psychological expertise to address legal issues. Daily duties of people in this field include creating a criminal profile to help law enforcement target suspects; examining people to determine if they are mentally fit enough to stand trial; assessing the credibility of witnesses; consulting lawyers on who to choose for a jury; and determining who should get custody of a child in a family law case.

For this career, professionals are generally required to earn a graduate degree. In some cases, forensic psychologists may be required obtain a state license.

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