Master of Science in Psychology, Forensic Option

[From left to right: Dr. Mitchell Eisnen, Jessica Diep, Gabriela Cedre, and Brante Ruaro]

The M.S. in Forensic Psychology option is designed for students whose primary interest is in working or studying in areas of psychology that intersect with the criminal justice system. A key feature of the program is a close mentoring relationship with a faculty member who oversees the student's progress toward his or her individual career goals. All students begin their program in the fall semester and take several core courses together.



The program offers and M.S. degree and consists of 33-34 units of course work, which includes a 9 month practicum where students receive hands on training and on site supervision in a forensic setting related to their individual interests and career goals (e.g., rape crisis center, Department of Children and Family Services counseling center, the Dependency Courts, the Sheriff's Department, prisons, probation).

Program Mission and Description

The program emphasizes theory and research, while providing practical training in the areas of assessment and treatment that will prepare them for their entree to the marketplace after graduation. The course of study is designed to accommodate both students who plan to progress on to doctoral study as well as students who wish to enter the field as Masters level practitioners.


Admission to the Program and Deadlines

Acceptance into Forensic Psychology program involves a two-step application process:

1. Applicants must submit an online application to the University by going to DEADLINE TO SUBMIT CSU MENTOR APPLICATION: FEBRUARY 1, 2017. For questions and other information regarding this application, you can visit The University Admissions Office website or call (323) 343-3901. You should also submit one copy of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended to the University Admissions Office.

2. Applicants must also submit a separate application directly to the Department of Psychology. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT DEPARTMENT APPLICATION: FEBRUARY 1, 2017. The Forensic Department Application must be accompanied by:

(a) A one to three page statement of career goals and objectives (double spaced, 12 point font).

(b) Three (3) letters of recommendation, two of which must be academic.

(c) One copy of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

(d) Applicants may also submit GRE scores (general and/or subject tests) to support their application, although the GRE is not required for admission to the program.

Department applications can be mailed or dropped-off in person to the following address:

California State University, Los Angeles
Department of Psychology (Attn: Michael Sizemore)
5151 State University Drive, KH C3104
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8227

Please note: if you are mailing your application, we recommend you write the mailing address exactly as it appears above and that you contact the department office at (323) 343-2272 to confirm receipt of your materials.

GPA Requirements

Applicants are required to have a Baccalaureate degree with a major in Psychology and a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 to be eligible for the Forensic Option. Non-majors in Psychology should see below. Applicants with a GPA of 2.75 to 3.0 must present evidence that they are committed to and qualified for graduate work. This evidence could include (but is not limited to) relevant experience, or GRE scores with an Advanced Psychology Score of 550 or higher. Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 will not be considered.


For More Information

Interested applicants should review our Frequently Asked Questions page. If your specific question isn't listed or if you need clarification on any aspect of the application process for the Forensic Option, you can contact the Department of Psychology at (323) 343-2272 or contact the program Director, Dr. Mitchell Eisen at (323) 343-5006. Dr. Eisen can also be reached via e-mail at


Prerequisite Program for Non-Psychology Majors

Students who do not have a bachelor's degree in Psychology are also encouraged to submit the University and Department applications and materials. In such instances, admission may be granted on a conditional basis. Students admitted conditionally will be required to complete 31-36 units of Psychology coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or higher before beginning the Masters program. Whenever possible, credit will be given for equivalent coursework taken elsewhere. Click here for a list of Prerequisite Coursework.

Please note: coursework taken at a community college does not apply to upper division psychology requirements

Requirements for the Degree (52 - 53 units)


Prerequisites (13 units)

Thesis (3 Units)