University of North Dakota Online Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

Why University of North Dakota? 

This large public research university located in Grand Forks, North Dakota offers an online Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology program. Applications require a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants to this program, offered through the School of Graduate Studies, are required to hold an undergraduate degree in psychology, or in an allied subject such as criminal justice, sociology, counseling or social work. Applicants do not need to submit the results of standardized tests.

Program Snapshot


University Name University of North Dakota
Location Grand Forks
State North Dakota Grade B+
Name of Degree Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology 
School or Department Administering Program School of Graduate Studies
Credits 30
Cost per credit $588.65
Tuition for Entire Program $17,659.50
Test Requirements none
Minimum GPA 3.0
Prerequisite Courses and Skills behavioral or social science major allied with psychology, i.e., psychology, criminal justice, sociology, counseling or social work
Campus Visit Required? no
Typical Time to Complete 2 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring
Program Concentrations none
Synchronous classes no
Required Courses
  • Psychology and Law
  • Research Methods in Forensic Psychology
  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Behavior Pathology
  • Readings in Psychology
  • Independent Study (includes research or practicum experience)
  • 4 electives
Does the Program Include a Capstone? optional
Does the program include a practicum or internship? optional
Other Features that Make the Program Unique connections with research-intensive department; university with many online programs; lower cost
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program)
  • How to apply psychological theory, knowledge, skills and competencies to the civil and criminal justice systems
  • Knowledge of advanced psychological concepts and theories
  • Outstanding analytical, statistical and evaluation skills
  • Specific forensic-relevant knowledge
  • In-depth understanding of our legal system
Program Description This program’s 30 credits can be completed within 2 years. A capstone research project is optional, as is an internship. Students learn key concepts in the psychological theory and skills at the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice system. Research methodology is also emphasized. 

What will I Learn?

Forensic psychology addresses the intersection between psychology and the criminal justice system. It is primarily concerned with the assessment of suspected criminals but can also include broader discussions of mental health and functioning and the legal system.

Graduates of this program will be equipped to apply psychological theory and practice to the civil and criminal justice systems. They will acquire knowledge of advanced psychological concepts and theories as well as exemplary skills in analysis, statistics and evaluation. Graduates will gain specific knowledge relevant to the forensic psychology field, as well as a deep understanding of the legal system. 

The program begins with a look at foundational topics such as Psychology and Law and Behavior Pathology. Students gain fundamental skills while taking Research Methods in Forensic Psychology. Courses in Advanced Social Psychology, Behavior Pathology, and Readings in Psychology deepen and broaden analytical skills. Students must take an Independent Study course which involves either a practicum or a research project. Elective courses make up the remaining credits.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 2 years and pay  per credit for a total of 30 credits, or just under $18,000 for the entire degree.

How does the program fit into my life?

 Students do not visit campus unless they wish. Using an asynchronous instructional model, instructors provide students with learning activities every week which can include online video, interactive exercises, quizzes, and written assignments.

Most students complete the program within 2 years. Students can enter the program in the Fall semester or in the Spring semester every year. Offering flexible curriculum choices and scheduling, the UND program provides ample choice. 


The program is quite low in cost compared to peers, and offers valuable connections with a psychology department boasting well-respected faculty with active research programs. Faculty study such fascinating topics as memory formation by eyewitnesses, childhood aggression, and gambling behavior.