Forensic and Legal Psychology

Marymount University

12 months
1050 USD/credit
1050 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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Marymount University is the first Washington, DC, area university to offer the MA in Forensic and Legal Psychology. 


The MA in Forensic and Legal Psychology at Marymount University is interdisciplinary and combines study in criminal justice, law, and public policy, in addition to the 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, problems with eyewitness testimony, evaluation of threats against public figures, personalities of political leaders, the origins of terrorism, 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.

Marymount’s program provides the following opportunities:

  • Study abroad – Learn about such psycholegal and intelligence-related issues as crimmigration, sex trafficking, child victimization, and counter-terrorism in various countries (e.g., Israel/Palestine, The Netherlands, Sweden).
  • Earn a second degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and begin the supervised experience necessary for licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC).
  • Land an internship or job with a regionally or nationally recognized agency or continue further study.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Bases of Psychopathology 
  • Research Methods 
  • Legal and Investigative Psychology 
  • Issues in the American Legal System 
  • Psychology Public Policy, and Law 
  • Psychology of Criminal Behavior 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • Professional résumé
  • Official transcripts of all postsecondary education including evidence of bachelor’s degree 
  • Official GRE General Test scores (including the Analytical Writing score) 
  • Two recommendations that speak directly to the applicant’s academic and interpersonal skills using the official recommendation form provided by the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services
  • Personal statement, maximum 500 words, describing the applicant’s background and motivation entering the field of study, as well as the applicant’s rationale for applying to Marymount’s Forensic and Legal Psychology program

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1050 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1050 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1050 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1050 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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