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Forensic psychology examines the intersection of human behavior and criminal justice, and it applies theories and skills from psychology to the legal system, including areas such as law enforcement, corrections, victim services, and the treatment of offenders. Forensic psychology includes five major sub-disciplines—police psychology, investigative psychology, criminal psychology, correctional psychology, and legal psychology—all of which are covered in the course work comprising the 18-unit Certificate in Forensic Psychology.
Forensic psychologists are growing in numbers in judicial systems and law enforcement, working in correctional facilities, law enforcement agencies, police offices, school and university settings, community service agencies, and private practices. In addition to being a springboard for graduate study in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Criminology, the Certificate in Forensic Psychology complements undergraduate degrees in Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Urban Studies, Biology, and Chemistry.
At least two additional Forensic Psychology courses from the following:
A maximum of two authorized elective courses, including other courses from Psychology, and courses from other disciplines, e.g. Political Science, Sociology.
In order to be considered for admission to the Certificate in Forensic Psychology, you must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 in previous college course work including one college-level English composition course with a grade of B or better.
Non-degree students as well as students already admitted to a degree program in University College may apply for admission to the Certificate in Forensic Psychology.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the Forensic Psychology certificate at University College. Your application will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
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The Certificate in Forensic Psychology is sponsored by the Department of Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis and offered through University College.