Forensic Psychology M.S. (Online) - Advising

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About the Program

Welcome to Arizona State University's MS Program in Forensic Psychology. This program will provide you with an understanding of mental health issues and human behavior with respect to crime and the criminal justice / legal system. Through specialized coursework on criminal law, criminal behavior, the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, and legal decision making, you will learn about the various roles for psychologists in legal system and help them discover which roles you might like to pursue through careers in mental health, criminal justice, or through additional graduate training. This fully-online program can be completed in 12 months or at your own pace and requires 33 credit hours of coursework, including the capstone comprehensive exam.

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We are here to help!  E-mail with questions related to policies and procedures to help you navigate graduate school successfully. Many of the answers to your questions may be on this website and in the Handbook, please review both carefully.

Important Policies and Procedures

Graduate College Policies & Procedures

New College Graduate Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

MS Forensic Psychology Handbook (Admitted Prior to Fall 2018)

MS Forensic Psychology Handbook (Admitted in Fall 2018 or Later)

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study (iPOS) functions as a contract between the student, the academic unit, and the Graduate College.  Students must submit their iPOS b the time they have enrolled for 50 percent of the minimum credit hours required for their degree program.

MS Forensic Psychology Checklist (Started program in Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018)
MS Forensic Psychology Checklist (Started program in Fall 2018 or later)

Recommended Course Load

As a general rule, we recommend that students working full-time limit their course work to 3 credit hours (one course) per session.   This allows a student to complete 2 courses per semester and complete the program in less than 24 months.  Students can accelerate their time to completion and complete as many as 6 credit hours (two courses) per session.  This allows a student to complete 4 courses per semester and complete the program in approximately 12 months.

Graduate College Continuous Enrollment Policy 

 It is important that you are familiar with the ASU Graduate College Policies and Procedures handbook; however, please be sure to review the Continuous Enrollment Policy prior to starting your first course.  Registration for every fall semester and spring semester is required.  Summer registration is required for students graduating from the degree program.  Read the full policy on page 8 of the Graduate College Policy Manual

 ASU Online Resources

Learning Online

Online Student Welcome

Course Offering Information

As an online student you have the opportunity to register for a total of 6 sessions each year (Fall A, Fall B, Spring A, Spring B, Summer A, Summer B).  Each Fall and Spring session is 7.5 weeks and each summer session is 6 weeks.

For more information, review the ASU Academic Calendar.

Registration: Recommended Course Sequence

As a graduate student it is your responsibility to review the recommended course sequence and make course selections based off of this. If a student does not follow these recommendations it may delay time to degree completion.

Starting in the Fall of 2019, students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the culminating experience:

• Up to date iPOS on file
• Graduate GPA, Cumulative GPA, iPOS GPA must all be at 3.00
• All statistics and methods courses, as well as all required PSY core courses must be completed prior to enrollment override of the capstone
• Students can take ONE CRJ course or an elective with their culminating experience

To view the recommended course sequence for you select the semester and year that you were admitted:

When Will Classes be Offered in Each Semester?

Core Course Availability - Admitted Prior to Fall 2018

Core Course Availability - Admitted in Fall of 2018 or After

Electives available

PSY 598 Topics

Accessing Online Course Content

ASU Online uses Blackboard to deliver your course content.  It can be accessed through MyASU (

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Tuition is set by ASU and the Arizona Board of Regents every year. Please visit the ASU Online website for more information about up to date tuition rates:

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