*For those students applying for Fall 2021 admission (application deadline of February 15, 2021), GRE waivers are granted for candidates with previous graduate or professional degree or cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Our program prepares students to become licensed mental health workers in the field of forensics. We prepare students for forensic psychology jobs working with forensic populations. Want to learn more? Request information on the programs that interest you.
We send our students out into the real world through practicum. This is an incredible experience for our students and for the sites, as well. Our students apply theory and techniques they've learned in the real world at each site.
We often get feedback from the practicum sites with how impressed they are with our students. Our students often stay at their sites after practicum, graduation, and as employees. The practicum site supervisors are impressed with the skills and knowledge of our students.
UHV’s M.A. program in Forensic Psychology requires undergraduate coursework in Statistics, Research Methods, and Abnormal Psychology as prerequisites to the Forensic Psychology program. The completed program entails 66 semester hours as of Fall 2020. For a list of the required courses please see the Forensic Psychology Handbook for your entrance year.
Required Coursework (66 semester hours)
Admission to the counseling psychology, forensic psychology or school psychology program is based on an evaluation by the program's admission committee of the following information.
- A 1-2 page essay that states the applicant's reasons for applying to the program and the applicant's career goals.
- One Letter of Recommendation (including the Graduate Recommendation Form for Graduate Psychology Programs) from a non-UHV, non-family source.
- Evidence of having completed undergraduate or graduate courses in statistics, research, and abnormal psychology. A particular course will be waived as a requirement if the student passes a comprehensive final or its equivalent for the designated course with a grade of C or better. The exam may be taken no more than once for a particular course.
- Graduate Admissions Index of 980 or higher. Official GRE General Test scores are required in order to calculate your Admissions Index.
- Official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions from every institution previously attended.
- An interview with UHV graduate faculty in psychology.
All applications must be completed by February 15 to be considered for admission for the fall of that year. Students may start the psychology M.A. programs only during the fall semester.
Because this program is based in Victoria, Texas one of our main goals is to prepare students to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) and Licensed Psychological Associates (LPA’s) in Texas to work with forensic populations.
However, if you are coming from another state, the program also conforms to basic master’s level training and licensing requirements in counseling for most states. Please check your state’s licensure laws to see if our program will meet their requirements.
For more information about UHV's Forensic Psychology program, please contact Delores White.
Learn more about becoming a Forensic Psychologist.
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