Psychology & Social Work
Forensic Psychology

If you're fascinated by the study of psychology, intrigued by the criminal justice system, and want to help victims process their trauma, assailants find a way to rehabilitate and correct their errors, or detectives understand the mind of a criminal, a degree in Forensic Psychology may be a perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Forensic Psychology students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years). Most Forensic Psychologists obtain a bachelor's degree in psychology before continuing into a master's or doctorate degree program, as most Forensic Psychologist positions require at least a master's degree, and oftentimes, a Ph.D. or Psy.D in Psychology. Many states require licensure and certification programs are also available.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in science and psychology coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Forensic Psychology Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Forensic Psychology include:

  • Criminal Psychologist
  • General Psychologist
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Psychologists was $80,370 in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.