Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Psychology / Victimology
Walden University

Program Details

Learn how to help victims and first responders with this PhD in Forensic Psychology concentrating on Victimology. While most Forensic Psychology programs focus on offender behavior, this degree allows you to help those experiencing firsthand or vicarious traumatization.

Classes in this degree program examine stress disorders and treatment models. Students will learn how law enforcement may experience trauma from working closely with victims.  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. 

Topics of study within the Victimology program include:

  • Treatment of forensic populations
  • Family violence
  • Stress and coping
  • Vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue

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