MS in Juvenile Forensic Psychology

The College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology at Prairie View A&M University offers graduate courses leading to a Master of Science Degree in Juvenile Forensic Psychology (MSJFP). The MSJFP Program seeks a diverse group of qualified students with backgrounds in various disciplines committed to working in agencies to improving the life experiences of youths involved in the Juvenile Justice System or mental health facilities.

Specifically, the primary objectives of the Master of Science in Juvenile Forensic Psychology are to:

  • Enhance students’ knowledge of how psychology interacts with the law and the legal system;
  • Increase students’ knowledge of theoretical explanations of juvenile delinquency, juvenile crime, and juvenile aggression, especially from the viewpoint of psychological theories;
  • Provide students with skills in research methodology and statistics;
  • Enhance students’ knowledge of the cognitive and personality development of youth especially as it pertains to aggression in various life stages;
  • Increase students’ knowledge of the psychological dynamics of family violence such as child abuse, spouse abuse, incest, and other forms of inter familial violence;
  • Provide students with knowledge and skills pertaining to the assessment, classification, and treatment of juvenile offenders; and
  • Provide the technical knowledge to conduct psychological testing such as cognitive, intelligence, personality, and projective tests and techniques.

The MSJFP Program requires the completion of 36 semester credit hours. Two options are available for students: thesis and externship. The thesis option is designed for students interested in research and a Ph.D. The externship option is designed for students who desire to work in the field of forensic psychology. Students enrolled on a full-time basis can complete the program in two years.

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