Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Psychology / Self-Designed
Walden University

Program Details

Create a personalized learning program with the Self-Designed option of Walden University’s PhD in Forensic Psychology degree program. Students will gain a broad understanding of the field of Forensic Psychology and how its principles are applied in a variety of settings.

The program focuses on preventing and reducing criminal behavior and understanding victimization. Courses examine how Forensic Psychology professionals work within the legal system and in community-based organizations. This online Forensic Psychology degree program has two tracks: Track I is available to students with a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology; Track II is a pathway for students with a master’s degree in an unrelated field. 

Core classes explore topics including:

  • The intersection of crime, psychology, and the law
  • Understanding violence, risk, and threat assessment
  • Advanced issues in forensic psychology
  • Research foundations
  • Legal issues and social change in forensic psychology


  • This program requires at least two on-campus residencies.
  • Master's degree or higher
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • Additional materials may be requested

School Accreditation Statement

The Higher Learning Commission

Restricted States

New York, Rhode Island