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Family/Civil Forensic Psychology (Certificate)

This program has been suspended indefinitely. 

The Department of Graduate Psychology is offering New Jersey’s Certificate Programs in Forensic Psychology designed for graduate students, licensed, or license- or board eligible psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, professional counselors, psychiatric nurses and other health professionals. Our specialized, flexible programs are optimized for schedules and demands of the practicing professional.

Our Certificate programs provide the option for intensive clinical supervision in forensic settings or clinical practice leading toward eligibility for professional licensure or diplomate status.

Teaching methods include web-based virtual instruction using Elluminate Live! for real-time and asynchronous online learning. In residence seminars provide face to face instruction at critical training junctures through each ten session course cycle.

Along with the Family/Civil Forensic Psychology (Certificate), the Psychology department also offers the following options for graduate study: Industrial and Organizational Psychology (MA)Psychology (MA)Psychology (Combined BA/MA), and Criminal Forensic Psychology (Certificate).

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

This is a Post-Master’s Certificate program and candidates must have a master’s degree in a psychology field to be eligible to apply.

The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Family/Civil Forensic Psychology (Certificate) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement: Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions.
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career?
    • Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?

If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Family/Civil Forensic Psychology (Certificate) Program Coordinator:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: Jazmin Reyes-Portillo
Office: Dickson Hall 256