Certificate in Forensic Psychology
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 15-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.
The Certificate in Forensic Psychology is sponsored by the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis and offered through University College.
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. There are no formal requirements for admission to undergraduate certificates. Students should speak with an academic advisor regarding their preparation for specific certificates or courses.U.S. Citizenship or Eligible Noncitizen
International students interested in the certificate programs must hold a visa that permits part-time study (including F-2 and J-2 visas). Students holding F-1 visas are not eligible for these programs. Students holding a B-2 visa may be eligible if the coursework is recreational or avocational in nature.NOTE
University College is designed for students with adult responsibilities who may require part-time and flexible course schedules. Current high school students and recent graduates seeking a traditional WashU college experience should apply through the undergraduate admissions office: admissions.wustl.edu.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. An application is incomplete and will not be reviewed until all of the application requirements have been received or processed. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:
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- SUMMER 2022: APRIL 30, 2022
- FALL 2022: JULY 31, 2022
- SPRING 2023: DEC. 31, 2022
The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed.
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REQUIRED COURSES: 12 UNITS
- Introduction to Criminology (U09 376)
- Introduction to Forensic Psychology (U09 377)
At least two additional Forensic Psychology courses from the following:
- Criminal Typologies
- Crisis Intervention: The Criminal Justice Response to Chaos, Mayhem, and Disorder
- Introduction to Clinical Psychology
- Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
- Investigative Psychology
- Juvenile Delinquency
- Principles of Forensic Assessment
Courses taken toward a Certificate in Forensic Psychology at University College may apply to a Bachelor of Science in Psychological and Brain Sciences at University College. A single course can count toward any two of the following categories: 1) major requirements; 2) basic requirements for numerical applications or non-Western culture; and 3) distribution requirements.
ELECTIVE COURSES: 3 UNITS
One authorized elective course. Students are encouraged to choose from the above list to meet this requirement but permission may also be granted for other courses from Psychological and Brain Sciences, Political Science, Sociology, or other related disciplines.