M.A. Forensic and Legal Psychology Program Overview

Marymount University’s master’s degree in Forensic and Legal Psychology, the first of its kind 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 program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills needed 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 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 degree combines criminal justice, law, and public policy with many subfields of psychology. It addresses questions of value, such as how best to achieve fairness and justice in the American adversarial legal system, as well as empirical 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, and the effectiveness of trial consultation. Each 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 master’s degree in forensic psychology and legal psychology, 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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