MS in Criminal Justice with a concentration Forensic Psychology

Bringing The Real World Into The Classroom: Forensic Psychology

Tiffin University’s Master of Science (MS) Degree in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Forensic Psychology, is an outstanding example of how the real world meets the classroom experience.  Our faculty members have all been working professionals in the field, and our students are also working professionals, which provides for an exciting dialogue and a dynamic education filled with connections.  This is as real as it gets!

What Is TU’s MSCJ?

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree, with a concentration in Forensic Psychology is a professional practical degree program that attracts skilled managers, agents, and clinicians from many components of the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. Combined with the faculty who direct and facilitate the educational experiences in the MS program, the school's talented and multifaceted students complete the mixture and create an intellectual synergy that’s found in very few graduate programs.

Our faculty bring years of executive, operations-level, clinical, academic, and research experience in criminal justice to the graduate learning process in a way that sparks debate, fosters insight, and elicits innovation. Joint student-faculty collaboration on learning projects is a common occurrence.

The Forensic Psychology Concentration

The Forensic Psychology Concentration is offered in a four semester format, with the addition of an intercession course or thesis option. This concentration is designed for students who are interested in examining the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system.  The focus of the program is on the many different aspects within psychology and law.  The program is primarily research based and will prepare students for careers in the criminal justice system and/or mental health service agencies.   Students will develop knowledge and expertise in substance abuse, psychopathology, personality assessment, and research methods.

Students also study the application of psychological principles to the resolutions of problems in the administration of criminal justice, such as jury selection, police stress, and employee counseling.  Graduates can begin careers in either clinical settings where they work directly with offenders and victims, or in a research setting where empirical answers are sought to crucial issues affecting the administration of criminal justice.

Our Graduates Make An Impact: Careers With A MSCJ Degree

Tiffin University is ready to transform your future with the MSCJ degree program.  This program attracts motivated students who want to make a difference in the real world, and at TU, we help you by providing a personal and practical education.  Below are just a few of the many general and specific career paths that our graduates have taken.

  • Administrative positions in local, state, and federal agencies
  • Positions within corrections and probation departments
  • Positions as a research assistant with various agencies
  • Positions at the local, state, and federal level in the area of behavioral science
  • Clinical or research positions with human service agencies, mental health agencies, social agencies, and forensic agencies

Some of our graduates use their degree for promotion opportunities in their existing law enforcement fields. Other graduates go on to continue their education, earning a Juris Doctorate, Ph.D., or Psy.D. degree.

Careers In Clinical & Research Settings

Graduates can also begin careers in either a clinical setting where they work directly with offenders and victims, or in research settings where empirical answers are sought to crucial issues affecting the administration of criminal justice.  Some examples include:

  • Juvenile group homes
  • Domestic violence agencies
  • Immigrant and naturalization services
  • City police divisions
  • And in positions such as Crime Analyst or State Highway Patrol

Other Tiffin University graduates are employed with these agencies and organizations, to name just a few:

Department of Homeland Security

US Central Intelligence Agency

US Secret Service

US Marshal Services



Armed Forces

Drug Enforcement Agency

Postal Service

US Department of Agriculture

US Border Patrol

Wright Patterson Airforce Base

And with

Victim Services organizations

Nursing homes

Hospice centers

Head Start programs

Adoption agencies

Drug & Alcohol rehabilitation centers

Probation and parole offices


Foster care organizations

Mental health organizations

Employee assistance programs


Note: The ability to practice as a professional psychologist or as a professional mental health counselor—is highly regulated in all states. Learners who intend to seek licensure or certification should check licensing requirements in their home state.

TU programs (with the exception of the on-campus Addictions Counseling program) do not directly prepare one for practice as a counselor or psychologist.

Have Additional Questions? We’re Here Every Step Of The Way!

For more information about the MSCJ degree program, Forensic Psychology Concentration, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at (419) 448-3401, or (800) 968-6446, ext 3401.