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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.


Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • one-on-one, hour long appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

Schedule an Appointment

Student advising is available at our West Campus location from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday, and at our Danforth Campus location from 2–6 p.m., Monday–Thursday, and 9 a.m.–1 p.m. on Friday.

Rebecca O'Laughlin
Elisa Wang

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required course work

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:

  • Abnormal Psychology: The Major Mental Disorders
  • Correctional Psychology
  • Correctional Theory & Practice
  • Criminal Typologies
  • Crisis Intervention: The Criminal Justice Response to Chaos, Mayhem, and Disorder
  • Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Principles of Forensic Assessment
  • Psychology in the Courtroom
  • Psychology of Policing

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.

admissions requirements

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

University College cannot sponsor an I-20 for any certificate program. International students are eligible to apply for a certificate program if they already hold a visa that permits part-time study. International students holding a B-2 or F-2 visa are only permitted to register for courses that are recreational or avocational.

application requirements

Completed application form

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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Still have questions?

Program Coordinator: Jennifer Siciliani | (314) 935-6700 |

Director of Advising and Student Services: Elizabeth Fogt | (314) 935-6778 |