Master of Science

MS in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Psychology

Understand criminals. Understand their victims. Designed especially for those who are interested in examining the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system, TU’s Forensic Psychology program is primarily researched based and will prepare students for careers in the criminal justice system and mental health service agencies. Our grads have gone on to work in state prison systems, community corrections agencies, federal, state and local law enforcement, victims’ services or have continued their education and obtained Ph.D. and Psy.D. degrees in Psychology and Forensic Psychology.

Graduate Program Tabs

Bringing The Real World Into The Classroom: Forensic Psychology

Tiffin University’s Master of Science (MS) Degree in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Forensic Psychology, is an outstanding example of how the real world meets the classroom experience. Our faculty members have all been working professionals in the field, and our students are also working professionals, which provides for an exciting dialogue and a dynamic education filled with connections. This is as real as it gets!


What Is TU’s MS in CJ?

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree, with a concentration in Forensic Psychology is a professional practical degree program that attracts skilled managers, agents, and clinicians from many components of the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. Combined with the faculty who direct and facilitate the educational experiences in the MS program, the school's talented and multifaceted students complete the mixture and create an intellectual synergy that’s found in very few graduate programs.

Our faculty bring years of executive, operations-level, clinical, academic, and research experience in criminal justice to the graduate learning process in a way that sparks debate, fosters insight and elicits innovation. Joint student-faculty collaboration on learning projects is a common occurrence.


The Forensic Psychology Concentration

The Forensic Psychology Concentration is offered in a four semester format, with the addition of an intercession course or thesis option. This concentration is designed for students who are interested in examining the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system. The focus of the program is on the many different aspects within psychology and law. The program is primarily research based and will prepare students for careers in the criminal justice system and/or mental health service agencies. Students will develop knowledge and expertise in substance abuse, psychopathology, personality assessment and research methods.

Students also study the application of psychological principles to the resolutions of problems in the administration of criminal justice, such as jury selection, police stress and employee counseling. Graduates can begin careers in either clinical settings where they work directly with offenders and victims or in a research setting where empirical answers are sought to crucial issues affecting the administration of criminal justice.


Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)

To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.

This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.

Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.


“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”

Cassidy Ralph
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Graduation: Spring, 2019
Major: Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Position: Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police


Note: The ability to practice as a professional psychologist or as a professional mental health counselor—is highly regulated in all states. TU programs (with the exception of the on-campus Addictions Counseling program) do not directly prepare one for practice as a counselor, psychotherapist, or psychologist

Forensic Psychology Concentration – 30 hours

  • PSY511 Psychology and Law
  • PSY515 Research Design and Analysis in Forensic Psychology
  • PSY520 Statistical Applications in Forensic Psychology
  • PSY525 Victimology
  • PSY530 Legal and Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • PSY547 Mental Health Law in Forensic Psychology
  • PSY551 Psychopathology and Criminal Behavior
  • PSY613 Professional Seminar in Advanced Clinical and Experimental Forensic Psychology
  • PSY614 Substance Abuse
  • PSY620 Sex Crimes and Paraphilias
  • PSY625 Applied Advanced Psychological Assessment
  • PSY637 Forensic Counseling
  • One of the following:
  • Intersession
    • PSY630 Lifestyles and Career Development
    • OR
    • PSY635 Cultural Competence in Professional Practice
    • OR
    • Thesis:
    • PSY640 Thesis
    • PSY640-1 Thesis Extension (if needed)

Total MS 42-43 hours


This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

Psychology and Law (PSY511) - This class examines the theoretical and empirical bases for the field of forensic psychology. Students will explore how psychologist interacts with offenders, victims and criminal justice agencies.

Introduction to Forensic Psychology (PSY512) - The class is designed to present students with a broad overview of the field of Forensic Psychology. The course will explore the various applications of theories and research in psychology to aspects of the criminal justice system.

Victimology (PSY525) - This course will cover the broad views of the study of victims at the social, legal, individual and psychological level. The course is designed to broaden the understanding of victims. The student will be given the history of how victims have been treated over time, how the interface of victim-offender dynamics has changed in the criminal justice system, how society treats victims and the psychological processes, services and therapeutic remedies that are available for victims. Various types of victims/crimes will be covered. Legislative and social movements geared at advancing public awareness for victims will be discussed.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology (PSY530) - Forensic Psychologists encounter ethical conflicts when called upon to function in the criminal justice system. This course will focus on various ethical, legal and professional controversies and dilemmas. Analysis and resolution of these controversies and dilemmas will be explored. Topics include the psychologist-examinee relationship, the retaining party-examiner relationship, legal limits on confidentiality, the psychologist as expert witness, forensic psychology records, etc

Sex Crimes and Paraphilias (PSY620) - This course explores the wide net that the term sex crime casts. In exploring the many different types of sex crimes that exist, detailed focus will be placed on the typology and etiology of the offenders who commit these various crimes and the effect that these crimes have on their victims. The legal system has put in place many policies governing sex offenders based upon an underlying assumption that sex offenders pose a greater risk to society than other types of criminals. We will discuss the various legal issues that surround sex offenders and explore empirical research to determine if this underlying assumption is valid. Topics of treatment effectiveness, therapeutic jurisprudence and the challenges of managing sex offenders in the community will also be discussed.


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    "Tiffin University is the college that has helped me grow into the person that I am today. While at Tiffin, I have made unforgettable memories and friends. I continued my education at The University of Toledo College of Law. Although I am moving on, I will never forget everything I have gained from my time at Tiffin University."

    – Jessica Paule, Class of 2015

    Jessica Paule - Class of 2015
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    - Xin Guo, China

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    Class of 2013
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

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    TU helped grow my network and give me experience by meeting students from other cultures and countries, and learning from a range of professors. Anyone who wants to feel connected to their fellow students, to their personable professors, and the community
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