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As Forensic Psychology is a dual discipline incorporating psychology and law, many forensic psychologists have doctorates in a branch of psychology and are certified as a forensic psychologist by the American Board of Forensic Psychology. A forensic psychologist is normally appointed as an expert witness by a court in a certain jurisdiction based on his or her specialization and experience. For example, a forensic psychologist can be called in as an expert witness in a family court, civil court or criminal court.
Choosing the best graduate program in Forensic Psychology is not an easy feat considering the many programs available and the numerous areas of specialization they offer.The following guidelines can assist a student in making the right choice.Career choice
The choice of graduate program depends primarily on one’s career path. For example, a master's degree in Forensic Psychology does not qualify one to be a forensic psychologist, but can certainly aid in preperation. Forensic Psychology programs are suitable for those who want to pursue a career in criminal investigation, law enforcement or in legal system, and later on specialize as a forensic psychologist by pursuing a doctorate degree. Some universities offer master programs in psychology specializing in Forensic Psychology. Argosy University offers a wide selection of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in a variety of psychology concentrations at 19 locations across the nation.
University and research facilities
At some universities, Forensic Psychology is a program jointly offered by both the psychology and legal departments, while some universities have full-fledged Forensic Psychology facilities with research labs and more. In a graduate program, the scope of study is much narrower than in an undergraduate program. Students are required to have some industry experience and basic knowledge of the subject before participating in a graduate program.
Many institutions offer online graduate programs on Forensic Psychology and this is very attractive to those who are working or not able to physically attend classes due to conflicting schedules. But, not all online programs are suitable and a student should read the course outline carefully before signing up for an online class.Forensic psychology is an interesting field; it is also one that requires serious dedication, hard work and commitment in order to fully attain the level expertise required for the job. Choosing the right Forensic Psychology graduate program is certainly crucial in launching one’s career in the right direction.
This post is brought to you by Argosy University. Drawing upon our more than 30-year history of granting degrees in professional psychology, Argosy University has developed a curriculum that focuses on interpersonal skills and practical experience alongside academic learning. Because getting a degree is one thing. Succeeding, quite another.
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