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Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology (Discontinued)

NOTE: This program has been discontinued and is no longer accepting new students.

The required courses for the certificate program will continue to be offered through Summer 2020 to allow currently enrolled students to complete the program.

Why a Certificate in Forensic Psychology?

The Department of Psychology at Texas State University offers a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology to prepare individuals for career advancement in areas where Psychology and Criminal Justice intersect. Forensic Psychologists apply psychological principles to the criminal justice system. Those involved in the criminal justice system - whether they be officers making arrests, detectives interviewing witnesses, attorneys presenting a case or jurors processing information and attempting to reach a unanimous decision - will perform those duties more effectively with a background in forensic psychology. Topic areas in forensic psychology touch on all aspects of the system from more effective interviewing and questioning, the impact of drug and alcohol addiction on crime commission, how jurors function and influence each other as a part of a group, how jurors process information and make decisions, or how attorneys can best present evidence so that jurors can understand that evidence and make informed decisions.

What are the requirements for a certificate?

  1. PSY 5360G - Forensic Psychology (3 hours)
  2. Choose one of the following (3 hours) in consultation with the Certificate in Forensic Psychology Advisor:
    • CJ 5335 - Advanced Crime Theory
    • CJ 5321 - Current Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
    • CJ 5380A - Ethics and the Criminal Justice System
    • CJ 5380H - Police Problem-Solving Methodologies
    • CJ 5380I - Race, Class and Crime
  3. Choose three of the following (9 hours) in consultation with the Certificate in Forensic Psychology Advisor
    (some of these courses may have undergraduate prerequisites, choose carefully in consultation with the Certificate in Forensic Psychology Advisor):
    • PSY P5310 - Advanced Abnormal
    • PSY P5317 - Group Processes and Interpersonal Dynamics
    • PSY P5345 - Psychopharmacology
    • PSY P5370 - Learning, Cognition and Motivation
    • PSY P5385 - Industrial Social Psychology

15 Hours Total

Whom do I contact with additional questions?

Dr. Randall Osborne ( is the Advisor for the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology. General Texas State Certificate information may be viewed on the Graduate College website at:


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