Behavioral Forensics, Adv. Crt.

Application Deadline

Rolling admission

Next start date

January 22, 2018

Cost per credit hour


Credit hours


Social and behavioral science applications to the criminal justice system have become increasingly important in recent years. This certificate examines how the social and behavioral sciences intersect with legal systems.

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What you will study: 

Our program provides students the opportunity to tailor their learning experience depending on area of interest. The 15 credit program will teach students to identify sources of human error in forensic evidence analysis, describe types of mental illness and psychological disorders, as well as the societal and cultural factors influencing mental health and criminal behavior. Students will apply the skills and theories from the classroom in a 3 credit internship that aligns with career goals in mental health counseling, human services, law enforcement, corrections, probation or law.

  • GST 691 - Graduate Professional Internship, credit: 3
  • BFR 500 - Introduction to Behavioral Forensics, credit: 3
  • BFR 505 - Competency, Insanity, and Mental Illness, credit: 3
  • COM 522 - Intercultural Communication, credit: 3

Read full curriculum in the 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog.

Community-police relations cannot be undervalued. The need for professional, well-educated criminal justice personnel has never been greater.
Dr. Pam Brand, Associate Professor

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Learning outcomes: 

Graduates of our program can expect to improve their chances of employment and advancement in mental health professions in forensics and correctional settings. Law enforcement and correctional professionals will be prepared for professional advancement, especially to supervisory positions.

Mental Health Professional

Social Work

Law Enforcement

Correctional Professional

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Admission Requirements: 
Official transcript
Related undergraduate credit
Purpose statement
Two letters of recommendation
Application fee