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Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

Master's Degree | On-Campus

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Make a real difference

Understand the intersection of psychology, law, and social justice

Prepare to work as a change agent within your community. This degree program is based on a philosophy of restorative justice and designed to prepare students to make an impact in the criminal justice system. Students learn about engaging individuals through the lens of the principles of forensic psychology, co-occurring mental health and substance use behaviors, and post-traumatic disorders. The program also engages in the critical analysis of our criminal justice institutions, especially in thinking about how various groups informed by race, gender, gender orientation, class, etc., are impacted by our current system of justice.

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Where a forensic psychology degree can take you

Our graduates have taken their forensic learning into diverse arenas, including correctional facilities, community -based advocacy contexts, and court-accountable programs.

  • Probation or Parole Officer

    Corrections Agency

  • Restorative Justice Advocate

    Community Resource Center

  • Victim Advocate

    Social Service Office

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Student Experience

Program Highlights

• Real-world experience: students apply their forensic knowledge in a field placement experience.
• Flexible course schedule: courses are offered in late afternoons, evenings, and weekends, and/or a hybrid format.
• Learn from working professionals: our faculty members are experienced clinicians and researchers.
• Regular campus workshops and lectures with local partners and professionals.
• This degree is not license eligible.

Facts & Figures

Why HNU?


Over 75 affiliated organizations and partners in the greater Bay Area.


US News and World Report Best Colleges Guide 2020 ranks HNU 6th Most Diverse University in their Regional Universities West category


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Forensic Program

Mission Statement

The mission of our program is to train counselors and forensic practitioners to engage with the changing complexity of human experience, to deliver services informed by evidence-based practices and ongoing self-reflection, and to practice with empathy and cultural humility.

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Sample courses

Here are just a few of the courses you may take.

Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment

Introduce students to current theories of dependence, methods and protocols for detoxification, relapse prevention, and evidence-based treatment models.

Forensic Psychology and the Law

Learn about the legal statues and case law that determine how psychology has entered into the justice system, the requirements for becoming an expert witness, and the uses of psychological assessment.

Psychology of Criminal Behavior

Explore the psychology of criminal behavior from various perspectives, including biological and social factors, and development risk factors, especially the impact of traumatic experience.