Police Psychology Overview
The Master of Arts degree in Police Psychology is designed for individuals currently in the field of law enforcement. The Program is designed to provide a theoretical background in clinical and social psychology and learn to apply the basic principles of these disciplines to managerial, field, interpersonal, and organizational concerns that arise within the police environment.
This Master of Arts degree is not designed to teach the student to conduct therapy or engage in psychological testing. There neither are clinical hours required nor a practicum to complete. This degree does not lead to any type of licensure or certification. Rather, this program is designed to teach students how to practically apply psychology to the field of law enforcement. A number of courses are team taught, combining experts from both fields of study.
The Program consists of 33 credit hours divided into 10 core courses plus a thesis course. All core textbooks are provided for each course, and courses are generally taught in the evenings and on weekends. Students who choose to take two courses per semester can complete the degree program in two years. Individuals who have successfully completed the ten week School of Police Staff and Command course at Northwestern University, or the Chicago Police Executive Development Program may be granted 3 credit hours toward this degree by having the thesis requirement waived.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution or a comparable degree from an international institution
- A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework
- Approved applicants will be invited to an interview as the final step in the application process
- Satisfactory completion of all required credit hours, including all required courses
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and no more than two grades or six credit hours of "C"
- Submission of graduation application and full payment of all outstanding tuition and fees
- Completion of Thesis with a grade of "CR"
- Faculty approval for graduation and recommendation to the Board of Trustees for the conferral of the Master of Arts in Police Psychology