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Preparing students to
lead social change.

Forensic Psychology Curriculum

The M.A. Counseling, Specialization in Forensic Psychology is a 64 credit hour program that includes coursework and a training practicum. Successful completion of this program includes the courses listed below. More information, including course descriptions and sequencing, can be found in the Adler University Catalog.

Core Courses

  • MACF-500: MACF Professional Development Seminar (0 credits)
  • MACF-518: MACF Professional Identity Seminar I (1 credit)
  • MACF-519: MACF Professional Identity Seminar II (1 credit)
  • MACF-506: Roles and Directions in Forensic Psychology (3 credits)
  • MACF-507: Counseling in Forensic Populations (3 credits)
  • MACF-508: Violence, Aggression, and Social Deviance (3 credits)
  • MACF-509: Trauma and Victimology: Theory, Practice, & Advanced
    Counseling Skills (3 credits)
  • COUN-518: Adlerian Theory and Counseling (3 credits)
  • COUN-532: Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Counseling (3 credits)
  • COUN-533: Counseling Theories (3 credits)
  • COUN-534: Counseling Skills (3 credits)
  • COUN-535: Diagnosis of Maladaptive Behavior (3 credits)
  • COUN-536: Counseling Multicultural Communities (3 credits)
  • COUN-540: Group Counseling (3 credits)
  • COUN-618: Couple and Family Counseling (3 credits)
  • COUN-622: Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
  • COUN-625: Research and Program Development (3 credits)
  • COUN-626: Appraisal and Assessment (3 credits)
  • COUN-629: Career Development Theories and Intervention (3 credits)
  • COUN-630: Addictions Counseling (3 credits)


Students are required to take an elective of a three-hour course. Students can take electives offered by the program as listed below; or they can choose a course from the department elective menu, upon faculty advisor’s approval.

  • MACF-715: Forensic Psychology for Law Enforcement (3 credits)
  • MACF-716: Sex Offender Treatment, Theory, and Practice (3 credits)
  • MACF-717: Psychology of Juvenile Justice Populations (3 credits)

Or Thesis Series:

  • COUN-550: Preparation for Applied Thesis (1 credit)
  • COUN-551: M.A. Thesis I (1 credit)
  • COUN-552: M.A. Thesis II (1 credit)

Field Training and Seminars

  • SJP-513: Social Justice Practicum I (1 credit)
  • SJP-514: Social Justice Practicum II (1 credit)
  • MACF-680: MACF Counseling Practicum and Seminar (2 credits)
  • MACF-681: MACF Counseling Internship and Seminar I (2 credits)
  • MACF-683: MACF Counseling Internship and Seminar II (2 credits)