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Forensic Mental Health (M.S.)

Forensic Mental Health is one of the fastest growing areas of specialization in psychology and criminal justice. As more jurisdictions recognize the expanding demand for programs, services, planning, and supervision of clients who have both mental health needs and criminal justice involvement, educated personnel will be in demand to address these needs. These “boundary spanners” provide professional expertise across the many social systems utized by these clients, including criminal justice, mental health, substance abuse and social services systems. To meet these needs, this 36-credit interdisciplinary graduate program includes coursework offered by both theSage Graduate School and Albany Law School.

If you already have a baccalaureate degree in a field such as psychology, criminal justice or law, you may elect to pursue the 18-credit Certificate in Forensic Mental Health.

For students wishing to practice as mental health counselors in juvenile, forensic or correctional settings, the Certificate in Forensic Mental Health can be included as part of the 60-credit M.A. in Counseling and Community Psychology offered through the Psychology Department.


In addition to the general admision requirements for the Sage Graduate School, applicants must have:

  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for regular admission to the program
  • satisfactory completion of undergraduate or graduate coursework in statistics
  • satisfactory completion of two (2) courses in social and behavioral sciences
  • completion of the FMH application form
  • two (2) letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference

Degree Program Requirements

Total credits: 36

Additional Information

In addition to the above program and course requirements, students are expected to:

  • achieve a grade of B or better in all courses
  • maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better
  • demonstrate effective professional behavior, including effective interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and ethical behavior