Get Your Forensic Psychology Degree

This interdisciplinary major focuses on behavioral analysis as it applies to the law. With this degree, you can participate in forensic investigations and profile criminal behavior to assist law enforcement and attorneys. Graduate study and licensure is required for practice. Licensed forensic psychologists can conduct evaluations, provide witness testimony, and determine defendant competency.

Forensic Psychology Program Highlights

  • Ranked #3 in Best Forensic Science Colleges by
  • Foundation courses in criminological theory, psychological disorders, ethics in criminal justice, and personality.
  • Interdisciplinary perspective provides a comprehensive understanding of the intersection of psychology and the law.
  • Full-time professors and small class sizes help to cultivate students' particular interests.

Modality & Benefits

Get a traditional college experience with lively in-person classroom discussions and close proximity to your professors, mentors, and best friends. 

Start Dates: 

January & August  

  • Semester-Based Timeline
  • Face-to-Face Instruction (some Online options)
  • In-Person Office Hours & Support
  • Relationships & Networking
  • Extracurriculars & Immersive Campus Experience

Our 100% online degrees are top-ranked by U.S. News & World Reports. Finish your degree and advance your career with a degree designed to fit your busy life. 

Start Dates: 

January, March, May, June, August & October 

  • 7-Week Courses
  • No Login Times
  • Transfer Up to 90 Credits, including 24 Training Hours
  • 10-Hour Weekly Commitment (varies)
  • Free E-Books

Forensic Psychology Curriculum

Major Requirements

Popular Forensic Psychology Classes

  • Criminological Theory 
    Survey the causes, prevention, and punishment of crime. 
  • Drugs, Behavior, and Society
    Learn about the history, effects, consequences, and strategies for the prevention of drug use.
  • Psychology of Personality
    Study the major theoretical explanations of personality.

Pursue your Passion

As of 2021, psychologists' median annual wage is $81,000 (BLS). With the forensic component of this degree, graduates have opportunities to pursue graduate study or begin working with a bachelor's degree.

Begin an Exciting Career

  • Police departments (particularly for crime analysis)
  • Government agencies
  • Law offices
  • Insurance companies

Master Your Field

Your strong psychology foundation will make you a strong candidate for any psychology licensure program. For those who do not wish to practice, we offer in-demand master's programs in criminal justice, education, and business administration right here at Columbia College.

Student Experiences

Student Experiences

"Our forensic psychology students are committed to thinking critically about human behavior and criminal justice. These complementary skills help them to flourish in any career."

Dr. Karen C. Thompson

Forensic Psychology Program Chair


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