Forensic Psychology Graduate Programs in Florida

Oct 20, 2021

Individuals with graduate degrees in forensic psychology or a related field will be able to work for law enforcement agencies, social service organizations, or mental health agencies. Prospective students can see if any of the master's or doctoral programs in Florida is the right fit.

School Comparison

Students can choose from one public and two private, not-for profit institutions for their graduate degree.

Institution Location Average Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL $20,419
Carlos Albizu University Miami, FL $13,548
Florida State University Tallahassee, FL $11,553 (in-state); $25,985 (out-of-state)

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)

Florida Forensic Psychology Graduate Programs

Nova Southeastern University

Students can earn their Master of Science in Forensic Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. The online program requires 36 credits with required courses such as introductory forensic psychological science, ethics and multicultural issues. Students can choose from two concentrations: forensic psychology in the legal system or forensic psychology for mental health workers, first responders, and disaster teams.

Prospective students will submit an online application with a $50 non-refundable fee. Application materials include a statement of professional goals, two academic or professional recommendation letters, and official transcripts.

Carlos Albizu University

Carlos Albizu University has a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology. Students will receive training in in areas such as psychodiagnostic assessment and case law. Coursework for this concentration includes criminal law, police psychology, and behavior sciences and the law. Doctoral students will complete a pre-practicum course that is followed by nine semesters of clinical field work that includes intake assessment and various types of psychotherapies.

The university prefers that students have a 3.25 GPA or higher and the following GRE scores: 156 verbal, 146 quantitative, and 4.5 analytic. The admissions process involves the following:

  • Official transcripts
  • Official GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Personal statement

Florida State University

Florida State University awards a PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice, with a focus on research methods and theory. Required coursework includes criminology theory and applied statistics, with elective classes available in crime prevention and treatment and crime ecology. A unique feature of the program is that the credits required for graduation is individually determined for each student based on their background and skills displayed during the program. Students typically earn 30-45 credits in this program.

Candidates will need a bachelor's degree with a 3.5 GPA or higher from the last two years or 3.5 GPA or higher for master's courses. The preferred GRE scores range from 148-160; however, those with scores below this range will still be considered. Candidates will need to provide the below materials for the admissions process:

  • Three recommendation letters
  • Personal statement detailing interest in the degree and career goals
  • Completed thesis or area paper for those with a master's degree
  • Official transcripts

Students can choose from a master's or doctoral program in forensic psychology. Criminology programs are also available in Florida. Some of the programs require a minimum GPA or GRE scores.

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