Behavioral Forensics, Adv. Crt.

Recommended deadline

Rolling admission

Next start date

May 21, 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
Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.
Purpose statement
Indicate your purpose for applying to SUNY Oswego for graduate education. What inspired you to apply? How will this impact your life? Identify any particular interests within the program area, discuss your future career goals, and provide any additional information which may be of help in evaluating your application.
Include a professional resume or CV that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.
Two letters of recommendation
Indicate two names with valid email addresses. An email request will be sent directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities.
Application fee
Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.