Forensic Psychology

forensic psychology

Degree Plan
Admission Policies and Procedures
Forensic Psychology Handbook
Practicum Information
Recommended Schedule
Graduate Psychology Handbook
Psychology Practicum Handbook


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. Program curriculum can be broken into three parts: core classes, Forensic Psychology concentration requirements, and practicum requirements.

Required Coursework (63 semester hours) 

  • PSYC 6319 Vocational Psychology and Career Counseling
  • PSYC 6321 Psychopathology I
  • PSYC 6322 Psychopathology II
  • PSYC 6326 Advanced Research Methods
  • PSYC 6327 Assessment for Forensic Psychology
  • PSYC 6330 Life-span Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 6331 Multicultural Psychology
  • PSYC 6332 Advanced Social Psychology
  • PSYC 6333 Ethics and Practice of Psychology
  • PSYC 6334 Theories and Issues in Psychotherapy
  • PSYC 6335 Techniques of Psychotherapy
  • PSYC 6336 Intellectual Assessment
  • PSYC 6337 Personality Assessment
  • PSYC 6338 Group Psychotherapy
  • PSYC 6339 Theory and Techniques of Family Therapy
  • PSYC 6343 Advanced Forensic Psychology
  • PSYC 6350 Addictions Counseling
  • PSYC 6351 Crisis Counseling
  • 9 semester hours of PSYC 6304 Practicum in Forensic Psychology

Admissions Requirements

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.

    1. A 1-2 page essay that states the applicant's reasons for applying to the program and the applicant's career goals.
    2. One Letter of Recommendation (including the Graduate Recommendation Form for Graduate Psychology Programs) from a non-UHV, non-family source.
    3. 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.
    4. Graduate Admissions Index of 1400/980 or higher.

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 the Program Director Dr. Karen Parsonson.

Learn more about becoming a Forensic Psychologist

Kaitlin May is available for advising. Appointments are required. Please call (361) 570-4201 to schedule an appointment.