The program offers an 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 entry 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 February 15, 2021 through Cal State Apply: http://www.calstate.edu/apply. For questions and other information regarding this application, you can visit the 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:
Office of Admissions and Recruitment
Student Affairs 101
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
2. Applicants must also submit a separate Forensic Psychology application directly to the Department of Psychology by February 15, 2021. Please print, complete and submit the Forensic Psychology Application along with:
(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 unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
(d) The GRE is not required for admission to the program, but applicants may also submit GRE scores (general and/or subject tests) to support their application.
Department applications can be mailed or dropped-off in person to the following address:
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) 343-2250 to confirm receipt of your materials.
- Forensic Application
- Letter of Recommendation Form (pdf)
- Letter of Recommendation Form (docx)
- Cal State Apply Application
- Prerequisite Program for Non-Psych majors
- Department Student Handbook
- University Catalog
- Graduate Resource Center
- Travel Support for students attending conferences and RSCA Application to support students in research, scholarship & creative activities.
- Office of Graduate Studies
- Office of Research Development
Forms for Thesis
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 Psychology program. 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 Psychology program, you can contact the Department of Psychology at (323) 343-2250 or contact the program Director, Dr. Mitchell Eisen at (323) 343-5006. Dr. Eisen can also be reached via e-mail at [email protected].
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 (33-34 units)
Prerequisites (13 units)
- PSY 1500 - Introductory Psychology (3)
- PSY 3020 - Statistics in Psychology (4)
- PSY 3100 - Abnormal Psychology I (3)
- PSY 4100 - Abnormal Psychology II (3)
- PSY 3180 - Psychology of Personality (3)
Required Courses (21 units)
Students must complete the following with a grade of B or higher:
- PSY 4640 - Psychology and the Law (3)
- PSY 5100 - Seminar: Abnormal Psychology (3)
- PSY 5310 - Individual Testing and Case Study Techniques (3)
- PSY 5950 - Field Experience in Psychology (1-6) (6)
- CRIM 5010 - Seminar: Administration of Justice (3) or
- CRIM 5300 - Theories and Perspectives in Criminal Justice (3)
- CRIM 5110 - Principles of Research (3) or
- CRIM 5620 - Courtroom and Legal Issues in Criminalistics (3)
One of the Following Quantitative Courses (3-4 units)
- PSY 4110 - Advanced Research Methods in Psychology (3)
- PSY 4140 - Analysis of Variance (3)
- PSY 4310 - Statistical Methods in Psychological Assessment (4)
- PSY 4910 - Multivariate Statistics (4)
- PSY 5040 - Advanced Experimental Methods (3)
- PSY 5150 - Advanced Statistical Methods (3)
- PSY 5910 - Advanced Multivariate Statistics (4)
Electives in Psychology/Criminal Justice (6 units)
Select 6 units from the following:
Thesis (3 Units)
- PSY 5990 - Thesis (1-6) (3)