Forensic Psychology, MS (Online)- Advising

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Congratulations on your admission to the Master of Science program in Forensic Psychology (Online) at Arizona State University! We recognized your potential to succeed in a graduate program and we are here to help you navigate the next step in your career.

We have designed this program to give our students a strong foundation in forensic assessment, legal decision making, criminological theory, psychological research, and criminal law.  Our program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach involving both psychology and criminology courses allowing students to understand the field from multiple perspectives.  

Pursuing an online degree in Forensic Psychology will open up opportunities for career advancement for individuals employed in law enforcement, corrections, investigations, and mental health fields. PLEASE NOTE: This program does not provide hands-on research experience and it is not a pre-doctoral program.

This program requires 33 credit hours of coursework, including a capstone course. The program can be completed in as little as 12 months or at your own pace.

Arizona State University comprises sixteen colleges and schools spread across four campuses in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. The MS program in forensic psychology is offered by the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, which is part of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and is housed on ASU’s West Campus in Phoenix, AZ.

If you have any questions about our Online MS Forensic Psychology program, feel free to contact  

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For information on steps to register, please visit the University’s Registrar’s Office Website:

Course Load Information 

As a general rule, we recommend that students working full-time limit their coursework 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.

Course Sequences

To view the recommended course sequence for you, please select the semester and year that you were admitted.  Use the tabs at the top of the page to select the semester for which you are trying to register.

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Electives and PSY 598 Topics

Electives Available

PSY 598 Topics



This is an online program that requires 33 credit hours of coursework, including a capstone course. 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. 

Note: The below degree requirements are for those students admitted during the academic years of Fall 2018 through Summer 2021. For students admitted for Fall 2021, please see checklist in the Program Links box on the right side of this page.

Statistics and Methods

PSY 500 Research Methods (Session A – Fall, Spring, and Summer)

 PSY 515: Quantitative Analysis I (Session B – Fall, Spring, and Summer)

Required Core

PSY 545: Advanced Legal Psychology (Session B - Fall and Spring) 

PSY 546: Advanced Forensic Psychology (Session A - Fall and Spring) 

PSY 547: Correctional Psychology (Session A - Fall and Spring) 

PSY 573: Psychopathology (Session B - Fall and Spring) 

Criminal Justice 

CRJ 501: Seminar in Criminal Justice (Session A and B -  Fall, Spring, and Summer) 

CRJ 513: Seminar in Courts and Sentencing (Session A and B -  Fall, Spring, and Summer) 


6 credit hours


PSY 549: Capstone in Forensic Psychology (Session A and B -  Fall, Spring, and Summer) 


As a graduate student it is your responsibility to review the required course sequence the academic unit lays out for the students. If a student does not follow these recommendations it may delay time to degree completion.

To be eligible for the culminating experience, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Up to date Plan of Study (iPOS) on file.

  • Graduate GPA, Cumulative GPA, iPOS GPA must all be at 3.00.

  • All core PSY courses MUST be completed prior to an enrollment override to the culminating experience.

  • All statistics and methods courses MUST be completed prior to an enrollment override to the culminating experience.

  • Students can take ONE approved elective or ONE required CRJ course with their culminating experience.

Students will want to file their plan of study before the 50% mark of program completion. Students are encouraged to file sooner, if they have a program sequence that they are following. A guide and video tutorial to assist students in filing and submitting their plan of study is available here. For your faculty committee, please ensure that you list Nicholas Schweitzer as your chair. The staff advisor section can be left as is. 

If you have any questions on the plan of study, please reach out to our advising team at


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