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Admission Requirements for the Forensic Psychology Program (MS)
All admissions material must be submitted through the UND School of Graduate Studies.
Applicants to the forensic psychology (MS) program will be eliminated from the initial admission review if they fail to meet any one of the following criteria:
- The following minimum requirements for a reviewable application must be received by January 1:
- Application completed through the UND School of Graduate Studies
- Transcripts from all academic institutions attended
- A curriculum vita
- A personal statement regarding career objectives, rationale for selecting UND, and faculty with whom you share research interests
- Payment of the application fee
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or above
- Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic Writing GRE scores equal to or exceeding the 30th percentile
Sending Application Materials
Applicants are strongly encouraged to have transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation sent well ahead of our January 1 deadline. Delays are not uncommon; it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application materials arrive by the January 1 deadline. Applicants are further encouraged to check the status of their application through the online graduate school system frequently to confirm the receipt of their application materials.
The Admissions Committee will evaluate applicant's most recent GRE scores. GRE scores in excess of five years old will be rated, but applicants who are ultimately in a position to receive an offer of admission must first retake the exam and successfully meet the department's minimum requirements with the updated scores. Applicants will not receive any points in the admissions review for letters of recommendation if they are not available once the application deadline has passed.
The top applicants will be invited to visit the UND Psychology Department in late February or early March of for our open house. The open house begins early on a Friday morning and ends around noon on Saturday. An orientation meeting will be provided by department administrators along with a brief presentation by each faculty member regarding his or her research interests. You will also be provided an opportunity to request individual meetings with faculty members of interest on Saturday morning. An interview with two or more members of the Admissions Committee will be completed.
Required Core Classes: Total = 24 credits
- Psyc 523 – Forensic Assessment (3 credits)
- Psyc 524 – Psychology & Law (3 credits)
- Psyc 541 – Advanced Univariate Statistics (3 credits)
- Psyc 542 – Multivariate Statistics for Psychology (3 credits)
- Psyc 543 – Experimental Design (3 credits)
- Psyc 575 – Behavior Pathology (3 credits)
- Psyc 998 – Thesis (6 credits)
Electives: Minimum Required = 6 credits
- Psyc 539 – Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)
- Psyc 560 – Advanced Social Psychology
- Psyc 587 – Supervised Field Work (3 credits)
- Psyc 594: Special Topics: Neuropsychology (3 credits)
- Psyc 594: Special Topics: Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
Note: The student’s Advisory Committee will also consider other graduate classes as appropriate electives on a case-by-case basis. Students who have a strong psychology undergraduate background may, after review by the Committee, be permitted to substitute an appropriate forensic psychology elective for a required course.
Please email email@example.com if you have any questions about your application or the application process.
Forensic Program Contact
Cheryl Terrance, Ph.D.,
Director, Forensic psychology