Our Forensic Psychology MA program at Fairleigh Dickinson University is designed to offer our students the maximum possible exposure to the broad field of forensic psychology while at the same time streamlining a curriculum that allows students to finish in 1.5 years. The primary objectives of the degree are to provide a functional terminal degree for students who wish to prepare for master’s-level forensic jobs (e.g., in juvenile /adult court clinics, penal settings, law enforcement, research departments, or forensic psychiatric settings), and provide a springboard for students interested in pursuing advanced graduate training in forensic psychology. Students complete coursework covering various areas of forensic psychology practice. In addition, students gain invaluable clinical experience through the completion of a 300-hour externship placement, and have the option to participate in forensic research and complete a thesis. 

For more information about the Forensic Psychology MA program, please contact:

Dr. Robert Prentky

(201) 692-2649

email: rprentky@fdu.edu

Dr. Georgia Winters

(201) 692-2303

email: gwinters@fdu.edu or

FDU Forensic Psychology MA Program email: fduforensicpsychma@gmail.com

Special Information

  • All applicants accepted to the program will pay tuition rate of $600/credit.

  • Students may participate in a week at FDU’s campus in England for a special immersion in British Common Law – past and present. Note: Going to England is strictly voluntary.

  • Students interested in the Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Forensic track can find more information here.

Admission Requirements

Admissions requirements for the M.A. in Forensic Psychology are the following:

  • Online graduate school application. 
  • Curriculum vitae. 
  • Personal statement explaining your fit for the program, your interests in forensic psychology, and career goals.
  • Official transcript(s) to be submitted at the time of your online application demonstrating completion of an undergraduate degree (BA/BS) from an accredited institution of higher education (must include coursework in Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and Abnormal Psychology). Although there is no minimum GPA required, competitive applicants typically have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher. 
  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably from instructors, although one may be submitted from a supervisor from a practicum or internship). The letters should be submitted via the online application. Alternatively, they can be sent via email to grad@fdu.edu or mail to the Graduate Admissions Office. 
  • A non-refundable $50 application fee submitted with the online application. 
  • We no longer require the GRE exam when applying to this program. 

To Apply Online:

Apply for Graduate Admissions

Degree Plan

All students enter the program in the Fall semester. The curriculum consists of 36 credits offered over a 1.5 year period (including one summer). Required courses include foundation courses in psychology and courses in forensic psychology. Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination and complete a 300-hour externship placement during their 3rd (last semester). Students planning to pursue doctoral studies are encouraged to become involved in research while in the Master’s program. Although a master’s thesis is optional, it is generally not encouraged.

Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination and complete a 300-hour externship placement during their 3rd (last semester). The 3-credit externship placement is the time equivalent of six courses (18 credits).

NOTE: It should be noted that students take only one (1) 3-credit course (Ethics) in the Fall semester that they are on externship.  Although students are only required to pay the equivalent of one 3-credit course for their externship, this field placement alone occupies the time equivalent of  four (4) courses (i.e., a minimum of 20 hours per week.     

1st Semester (Fall)

  • PSYC6121     Statistics and Research Methods 
  • PSYC6114      Psychopathology 
  • PSYC6230      Introduction to Forensic Psychology 
  • PSYC6231      Psychological Basis of Criminal Behavior 

2nd Semester (Spring)

  • PSYC7235     Evaluating Criminal Responsibility and Competency to Stand Trial 
  • PSYC7230     Forensic Evaluation & Assessment 
  • PSYC7130     Forensic Interviewing Techniques 
  • PSYC6229     Psycholegal Analysis of Criminal Cases 

Summer Session

  • PSYC6227     Clinical Practice in Forensic Contexts
  • PSYC7243     Special Topics in Forensic Psychology

NOTE: Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in the section of this course that includes a 10-day trip to study in Wroxton, England.

3rd Semester (Fall)

  • PSYC7234     Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • Externship (This is the time equivalent of at least 6 academic credits)

NOTE: A grade of B- or better is required for passing each of the above classes at the graduate level.

Clinical Placements

In the final term of the program, students complete a 300-hour clinical placement. Students have recently completed externships at the following forensic and clinical sites:

  • Advance Housing Inc. 
  • Ancora Psychiatric Hospital 
  • Ann Klein Forensic Center 
  • Bergen County Jail 
  • Bergen Regional Medical Center 
  • Center for Alcohol & Drug Resources / Youth & Family 
  • Center for Evaluation and Counseling Inc. 
  • The Center for Emotional Health (CEH) 
  • Community Psychiatric Institute 
  • Declarations, Inc. 
  • Department of Public Safety 
  • Downstate Correctional Facility 
  • Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center 
  • Green Haven Correctional Facility 
  • Institute of Forensic Psychology 
  • Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court 
  • Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center 
  • Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility 
  • New Jersey Department of Corrections and the Department of Human Services 
  • New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission 
  • New Jersey State Police 
  • Northern State Prison 
  • Ocean County Prosecutor’s office 
  • Preferred Behavioral Health 
  • Quad Prep School 
  • Rockland Psychiatric Center 
  • Service Access and Management Inc. 
  • Special Treatment Unit (STU) 
  • U.S. Postal Service of the Inspector General 


Dir, Ma Program in Forensic Psychology
Email: robert_prentky@fdu.edu
Phone: 201-692-2649
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Assistant Professor
Email: georgia_winters99@fdu.edu

Course Descriptions