M.A. On Campus

Forensic and Legal Psychology

Marymount University

12 months
1140 USD/credit 44460 USD/year
1140 USD/credit 44460 USD/year
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The Forensic and Legal Psychology program of Marymount University is the first in the Washington, DC, area. And you can capitalize on the University’s alliances and proximity to key agencies important to study in this field – organizations such as the FBI (Including the NCAVC), NCIS, ATF, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 


The discipline of forensic and legal psychology is concerned with the application of psychological knowledge to the legal system. The Forensic and Legal Psychology program of 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.

Intelligence Studies Concentration

Once enrolled in the MA program, students may apply for and, if selected, complete a concentration in Intelligence Studies, which provides the knowledge and skills necessary to be competitive in the Intelligence Community and the private-sector companies that support it.

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 include:

  • 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


39 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • Professional résumé
  • Official transcripts of all postsecondary education including evidence of bachelor’s degree (an undergraduate major in psychology is preferred, however candidates from other fields will be considered); directly to Marymount University’s Office of Graduate Enrollment Services or via an online delivery system
  • 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

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  • International

    44460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1140 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    44460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1140 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Arlington

983 - 1441 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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