Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology applies psychological science to the legal system. Vermont State University's program offers you an opportunity to specialize in a cutting-edge field in the supportive, small classes for which Vermont State is known. You'll get real-world experience through internships in local law enforcement offices, corrections facilities, law offices, and psychology research laboratories. The program prepares you for further graduate study in a variety of related fields and careers. Past graduates have pursued careers in clinical forensic psychology, school psychology, academic research, law enforcement, corrections, the practice of law, victim advocacy, and other related career tracks. 

*See also Psychological Science.

*See also Applied Psychology & Human Services. 

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Why Study Forensic Psychology at Vermont State?

  • A unique opportunity: Few schools offer Forensic Psychology at the undergraduate level.
  • Affordability: Our program is eligible for the NEBHE Tuition Break program for residents of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.
  • Accelerated program: The major can be completed in 3 or 3.5 years, saving you time and money.
  • A flexible program: This program shares several courses with our B.S. in Psychological Science, which you can take at a different campus if you would like to.
  • Individual research: You will complete an individual research project, which is an important skill for graduate school.
  • Career readiness: We recognize the importance of career preparation and build multiple opportunities for you to develop plans for either graduate school or employment after college.

Financial Aid for Forensic Psychology Students

Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in forensic psychology to students across Vermont and beyond. More than 80 percent of Vermont State students are awarded financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.

Internships & Experiential Learning in Forensic Psychology

In this program, you’ll complete an outside-the-classroom experience: either an internship or a second independent research project. Some examples include:

  • Past students have interned at the Vermont State Attorney General’s Office, probation and parole offices, and law offices.
  • Students have developed leadership through our teaching assistant program, where students serve as TAs in introductory-level courses with close faculty supervision.
  • We have a learning lab space that we are currently outfitting with equipment to collect physiological data such as heart rate, electroencephalograms, etc. to add additional research methods options for students. This lab also has a virtual reality setup.
  • McNair Scholar students have completed research projects in forensic psychology.

Minor in Forensic Psychology

Interested in adding a minor to your degree program? You can minor in Forensic Psychology.

Student Stories

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“The forensic psychology department stood out from other schools as being the best program to prepare me not only for graduate school but my future career.”

Mikayla Shaw ’18