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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
quarter and take several core courses together. The program offers an
M.S. degree and consists of 52 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). 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.

Review of applications will begin February 1, with an absolute deadline of
April 1st of any given year for consideration
for the following September. Students are responsible for providing all
materials to accompany their application and only complete applications
will be processed. Applicants will be notified of their status by July
1st following their submission. In addition to materials required for
admission to the University, students will need to submit materials for
admission to the Forensic Psychology option through the Department of

Students 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
refer to

Introduction to Graduate Study in Psychology
for further details.
Students 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. Students with a GPA below
2.75 will not be considered.

To be considered for enrollment in the Fall
Quarter, students will need to forward the following materials to the
Psychology Department in the prior Spring Quarter no later than April
1st : (1) Official transcripts; (2) 3 letters of recommendation; and (3)
A one to three page statement of career goals and objectives (double
spaced, 12 point font). Students 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. Please note that the
University has it's own deadlines and requirements independent of the
Psychology Department that also must be met to be considered for Fall

Interested students should contact the
Department of Psychology at California State University Los Angeles
(323) 343-2250, or contact the program Director, Professor Mitchell L.
Eisen at (323) 343-5006. Professor Eisen can also be reached via e-mail
at meisen@calstatela.edu.

University Catalog

Application Form