Address Issues in Forensic Psychology, the Legal System, and the Intelligence Community

Marymount University’s Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Forensic and Legal Psychology, the first university with forensic psychology studies in the metro D.C. region, prepares you for dynamic and rewarding careers that tackle pressing issues in the legal system and intelligence community. Our Forensic and Legal Psychology M.A. program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to work at the intersection of psychology and legal studies – in law enforcement, criminal investigation and defense, public policy, matters involving miscarriages of justice, and national security — just to name a few.

  • Practical experience in the metro D.C. region

Just minutes from our nation’s capital, our Forensic and Legal Psychology M.A. degree students participate in courtroom observations, site visits, speaker seminar series, and valuable internships with agencies and organizations such as the FBI, NCIS, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, Arlington County Police, D.C. Metropolitan Police, and the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission.

  • Psychology and justice connection

At Marymount, our interdisciplinary Forensic and Legal Psychology M.A. combines many subfields of psychology with criminal justice, law, and public policy. It addresses issues such as the origins of criminal behavior and terrorism, problems with eyewitness testimony, evaluation of threats against public figures, evaluation and treatment of offenders, the effectiveness of trial consultation, and how best to achieve fairness and justice in the American adversarial legal system. Each Forensic and Legal Psychology M.A course incorporates an ethics component to encourage you to grapple with the extremely complicated issues involved in a career in forensic and legal psychology.

  • Intelligence studies concentration

Within our Forensic and Legal Psychology M.A, you have the option to add a concentration in Intelligence Studies. This 5-course track provides you with the knowledge and skills to be competitive in the intelligence community and the private sector companies that support it.

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