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Field Experience: School of Psychology: M.S. in Forensic Psychology

M.S. in Forensic Psychology

Study criminal behavior, explore a new career path, or pursue doctoral-level studies when you earn your master’s in forensic psychology online at Walden.

Learn research methods to evaluate programs aimed at forensic populations, conduct forensic assessments, and work to enhance systems and programs for incarcerated and recently released offenders and other forensic populations, including juveniles. Walden’s Master’s in Forensic Psychology is one of the only online graduate programs of its kind.


Field Experience

The Field Experience (FE) is one of your two options for your final course in your degree program.  The other final project course option is called the "Capstone Project" and your Student Success Advisor can tell you more about this class.

In regards to the Field Experience final class option, the FE is a capstone experience designed to provide students who have finished their course work with the opportunity to synthesize knowledge in the foundation areas identified by Forensic Psychology, to apply knowledge to the solution of forensic psychological issues, and also to develop a respect for and commitment to continued professional knowledge. The field experience exposes the student to possible career options as a Forensic Psychology professional, and typically provides opportunities for exposure to the job responsibilities of a forensic psychology professional or a professional working in a forensic-related field as indicated below. Your field experience will entail your observation/shadowing of a professional performing the tasks typical of a forensic psychologist or in forensic fields.

Acceptable field experience domains:

  • Corrections -- Judiciary System -- Civil Law
  • Criminal Law -- Public Policy -- Law Enforcement
  • Government -- Health Care -- Research
  • Family Law -- Non-profit -- Crime investigation
  • Other types of agencies may be approved only if they demonstrate a clear nexus with forensic psychology


You will be required to complete a total of 60 work hours of field experience within 11 weeks of the term. Field experience must take place within the 11-weeks of the particular term when you are enrolled in the field experience course (FPSY 6915).


APPLICATION PROCESS and FORMS:  Please go to the tab on the left, "Application Materials," and then click on "M.S. in Forensic Psychology" and you will find information on the next steps around obtaining a Field Experience.


Note on licensure: The M.S. in Forensic Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

Note on Meditrek:  students in this degree program do not use Meditrek, only students in our licensure-track programs with field requirements do, so you will not receive an account.