Concentration in Psychology and Law (Clinical and Psychological Science MA)

The concentration in Psychology and Law in the MA Programs in Psychology is intended to provide a strong academic background with an emphasis in psychology and law for students planning to eventually enroll in a PhD program and interested in work in this field. Unlike other MA programs with psychology and law or forensic emphases, this is not intended as a terminal degree.

When students apply to either the Clinical or Psychological Science MA programs they will be asked to indicate whether they are also interested in the concentration in Psychology and Law. Students in the Concentration in Psychology and Law must meet all the requirements of the Clinical or Psychological Science MA program in addition to the requirements of the Concentration (explained below). It is the students' responsibility to make certain, in concert with their advisor, that they have met all of the requirements for the concentration including finding a mentor who is able and willing to supervise a psychology and law related thesis. Students are encouraged to contact the core Psychology and Law faculty (Dr. Edie Greene) with any questions about the program or its requirements.

Core Faculty

Edie Greene, PhD: social/cognitive psychology, jury and judge decision making, eyewitness testimony, elder law and psychology

Related Faculty

Kelli Klebe, PhD: program evaluation in corrections
Robert Durham, PhD: sex offenders
Fred Coolidge, PhD: personality disorders in inmate populations
Brandon Gavett, PhD: malingering in forensic assessment

Concentration Requirements

1) Students must meet all of the basic requirements for the core MA program (Clinical or Psychological Science) to which they have been accepted. All of the requirements below are additional to the basic program requirements.

2) Of the core courses that the students core program (Clinical or Psychological Science) requires, one must be the Core Content Course PSY 6150 (not offered every year).

3) The student must complete their core required MA thesis on a Psychology and Law topic and under the mentorship of a core faculty or related faculty member.

4) MA Clinical students must complete their practicum as specified in the MA Clinical program in a Psychology and Law relevant setting which has been approved by the Director of Clinical Training but also by the core Psychology and Law faculty.

5) MA Psychological Science students must complete one elective in addition to their core requirements from the list below:


SOC 5520 Sociology of Corrections and Rehabilitation
SOC 5900 Analysis of Criminal Justice
SOC 5940 Sociology of Law
SOC 5950 Criminology

Nursing and Health Sciences

HSCI 5100 Advanced Topics in Forensic Science
HSCI 5420 High Tech Crimes and Computer Forensics
HSCI 6000 Graduate Seminar in Forensic Science
HSCI 6300 Sexual Assault Implications for Health Care
HSCI 6310 Introduction to Forensic Science
HSCI 6330 Advanced Crime Scene & Crime Lab
HSCI 6340 Psychosocial Aspects of Forensic Science
HSCI 6360 Legal Aspects of Forensic Science
HSCI 6370 Forensic Victimology

Criminal Justice (School of Public Affairs)

Any 5000 level course
CJ 5000 Law and Social Control
CJ 5100 Administration of Criminal Justice
CJ 5120 Nature and Causes of Crime
CJ 5520 Corrections
CJ 5553 Women and Criminal Justice
CJ 5554 Criminal Justice Reform
CJ 5572 Race, Crime and Justice
CJ 5574 White Collar Crime
CJ 5575 The Mentally Disordered Offender

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