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
Kim Gorgens TED Talk

Program Structure

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.

"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

Experiential Training

We believe that equally valuable to coursework is the opportunity to apply that knowledge in a hands-on setting. 

Learn More

Denver FIRST

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.

students at capitol

Field Placements

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.

Explore Field Placements

Program Requirements

  • 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.
  • Prerequisites

    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.

  • 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.


Take the Next Step

Learn more about our admissions process or schedule a visit.

Learn More