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

Learning Pace


% Online

Mostly Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Walden University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Additional Materials May Be Requested, Official College Transcript(s), Resume/CV

Additional Info

  • This program requires at least two on-campus residencies.

Restricted States

Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota