MA Forensic Psychology
The Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology (MAFP) degree incorporates master’s level clinical psychology training with coursework and practicum experiences with a concentration on psychology and law. The program ties the application of psychological theory, knowledge, skills and competencies to the civil and criminal justice systems. It is designed to develop mental health professionals who effectively work in clinical settings within the criminal and civil legal system, including but not limited to:
- Adult, juvenile and child populations victim assistance
- Police consultation
- Correctional institutions
- Domestic violence and child abuse programs litigation consulting
- Crisis Intervention and Response Unit co-responder programs
- Specialty courts
The program is designed to be completed in two academic years of full-time study. The University of Denver is on a quarter system, and students must attend fall, winter and spring quarters. The program focuses on three knowledge and skill areas and provides the necessary training for an individual to work as a master's-level mental health professional in agency and institutional settings or under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist. The three areas of competency include assessment of a variety of populations, individual and group therapy across the lifespan and consultation in legal and criminal justice settings.
Psychopathology, Evaluation & Treatment of the Adult Offender
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Psychological theories related to etiology, development and prediction of violent crime; types of intervention possible within in the criminal justice setting, Topic areas may include special offender populations (e.g. sexual offender, offenders with developmental disabilities or those classified as mentally retarded).
Psychology, Public Policy, and Advocacy
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This course is designed to provide students in clinical training with an overview of the political advocacy process in the United States, its potential impact on the practice of mental health, and opportunities for involvement in public policy discourse.
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Incidence and prevalence of criminal violence; risk assessment within the context of prediction, supervision and intervention in both a correctional and mental health setting. Special topics will include assessment of various legal competencies, the insanity of defense and assessment of dangerousness.
"The least among us deserve treatments that work (collaborative relationships) and deserve to be conceptualized with the same language and theories we use to conceptualize more fortunate people." Michael Karson, Professor, DU-GSPP Master’s in Forensic Psychology Program
The Denver Forensic Institute for Research, Service and Training (Denver FIRST) serves as a regional hub for all things forensic and is a recognized go-to site for expertise in forensic mental health.Learn More
We provide program evaluation for local and regional programs, conduct high-quality original research and lead local and national grant-funded opportunities.
We provide low-cost, high-quality clinical services to underserved forensic populations and act as a test site for innovative programs and practices in forensic mental health.
We consult with agencies involved in forensic mental health service and lead engaging workshops, trainings and presentations. Current projects and partnerships include working with incarcerated adults, child welfare cases, juveniles on probation, recently released adult offenders, offenders with neuropsychological deficits, animal cruelty cases, and persons facing competency issues.
MAFP students engage in direct service through their ﬁeld placements, working with diverse populations in a variety of settings. In addition to their ﬁeld placements, students are enrolled in case consultation/peer supervision courses that provide added support and foster development as professionals and practitioners.
Degree & GPA Requirements
- Bachelor's degree: All graduate applicants must hold an earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited college or university or the recognized equivalent from an international institution.
- Grade point average: The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for graduate study at the University of Denver is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits (approximately two years of work) for the baccalaureate degree. An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution supersedes the minimum standards for the baccalaureate. For applicants with graduate coursework but who have not earned a master’s degree or higher, the GPA from the graduate work may be used to meet the requirement. The minimum GPA is a cumulative 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all graduate coursework undertaken.
- Program GPA requirement: The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for this program is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Applicants without a psychology background (major or minor) must meet the department's psychology prerequisite prior to matriculation. The psychology prerequisite can be met either through psychology coursework or by obtaining a score of at least 660 or higher on the psychology subject GRE exam. Applicants should state how they plan to meet the psychology prerequisite in their application. For the psychology coursework prerequisite, applicants must complete four (4) psychology courses earning a 'B' or better in these classes from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants offered admission should be aware that all psychology classes must be completed before registration in September.
Standardized Test Scores
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency by the deadline. The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842.
English Language Proficiency Test Score Requirements
The minimum TOEFL/IELTS/CAE test score requirements for this degree program are:
- Minimum TOEFL Score (Internet-based test): 80
- Minimum TOEFL Score (Paper-based test): 550
- Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5
- Minimum CAE Score: 169
English Conditional Admission: This program does not offer English Conditional Admission.