Graduate Division

Master of Legal and Forensic Psychology

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The Online Master of Legal and Forensic Psychology (MLFP) Program, a collaboration between the Departments of Psychological Science and Criminology, Law and Society, focuses on the intersection of psychology and legal issues, with an emphasis on the use of psychological principles, theories, and research to better understand legal processes and systems.

What Sets Us Apart?

One of the strengths of this program is its promotion of interdisciplinary learning. At its core, the MLFP program will integrate facets of psychology, forensics and the law. Students will be immersed in an interdisciplinary field devoted to advancing scholarship, testing theories, and engaging in public service relevant to individual-level participation and experiences in legal contexts. The program also works collaboratively with the Center for Psychology and Law, offering the students exposure to insightful events and educational opportunities. Graduates will be well-prepared for careers in a range of fields that benefit from an understanding of forensic psychology, including jury consultants, court liaisons, expert witnesses, victims’ advocates, law enforcement advocates and case managers.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Professional Master's Program

Normative Time to Degree

2 years

Capstone Type

Capstone Course

Mode of Delivery

This is an online program with a mandatory one-week in-residence introductory course.

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Undergraduate preparation for admission entails a B.A. or B.S. degree from a fully accredited academic institution. Applicants must demonstrate that they possess academic potential for graduate study. Additionally, applicants must meet the general admissions requirements of the UCI Graduate Division. Selection for admission will be based on the following criteria:

  • A Minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate academic course work;
  • Transcripts;
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation;
  • A Statement of Purpose (describing the applicant’s goals in seeking the Master’s degree and academic/research background and interests);
  • A Personal History Statement (describing the applicant's personal background. Only required for U.S. citizens and legal permanent U.S. residents)
  • A resume (noting relevant work/academic experiences).

Please note that the GRE is not required for MLFP applicants.

Once you have completed your online application and provided all materials listed above, the Admissions Committee will begin reviewing your packet. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure your space in the program.

Financial Support

There are three basic ways to finance your education:

  • Scholarship through the MLFP Program
  • Need-based Financial Aid
  • Personal Resources*

Because this program is a fully accredited graduate degree, all enrolled students are eligible to apply for federal student loans. The first step in obtaining a loan is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (federal school code 001314). The FAFSA applications usually process within one to four weeks, after the processing period you will sent sent a Student Aid Report (SAR). Once your application has been fully reviewed you will receive notification from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships if any additional information is needed. You can check the status of your application here. Once your aid application is complete you will be notified of your loan eligibility and will also be provided with the necessary loan documents.

Please check the UCI Financial Aid office website for FAFSA and financial aid deadlines.

To review scholarships available, please browse the UCI Financial Aid web site. We also encourage you to check with your employer for tuition reimbursement programs and with your union for tuition assistance or scholarships.

Federal Direct Student Loans:

Federal Direct Student Loans are available to Legal and Forensic Psychology students (specific details on eligibility criteria available here). Loans are available up to the cost of attendance for the program. Students who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for up to $8,500 in subsidized loan proceeds with any remaining eligibility provided in unsubsidized loans. The Federal Direct Student Loan program has two types of loans available:

  • Subsidized loans
    • Interest accrues on a borrower's loan while the borrower is in school, grace, or authorized periods of deferment, and is paid by the government.
  • Unsubsidized loans
    • The borrower is fully responsible for paying the interest that accrues on the loan. Interest on an unsubsidized loan accrues from the date of disbursement and continues throughout the life of the loan.


Your financial aid eligibility is determined by your cost of attendance and the expected student contribution. See the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website for further information on how financial aid eligibility is determined and the current cost of attendance for the Master's in Legal and Forensic Psychology program.

*This program is a self-supporting degree program, and certain fee waivers traditionally accepted by the University of California may, or may not, be accepted. For example, STUDENTS ENROLLING IN THIS PROGRAM CANNOT USE CAL VET TUITION/FEE EXEMPTIONS; THIS PROGAM IS NOT SUPPORTED WITH STATE FUNDS AND IS NOT SUBJECT TO THE STATE LAW REGARDING CAL VET TUITION/FEE EXEMPTIONS. Please contact for more information.

Tuition & Fees

MLFP 2019-20 Fees
Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Annual
Program Fee * 4,798.00 4,798.00 4,798.00 14,394.00
Student Services Fee 25.00 25.00 25.00 75.00
Total Fees Paid $ 4,823.00 $ 4,823.00 $ 4,823.00 $ 14,469.00

Posted 12 June 2019:

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

* MLFP students pay an annual fee regardless of the year their cohort entered; students enrolled in on-line programs do not pay campus-based fees and do not have access to the facilities and services supported by the campus-based fees. Student Services Access fee not included in program fee.

Core Faculty

Mario Barnes, Ph.D.
Professor of Law

Elizabeth Cauffman, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior

J. Zoe Klemfuss, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior

Elizabeth Martin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior

Ray Novaco, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior

JoAnn Prause, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment in Psychology & Social Behavior and Nursing Science

Jodi Quas, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior

L. Song Richardson, J.D.
Professor of Law

Nicholas Scurich, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, and Criminology, Law, and Society

William Thompson, J.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society, and Psychology and Social Behavior, and Law

Susan F. Turner, Ph.D.
Professor of Criminology, Law and Society

Benjamin van Rooij, Ph.D.
Professor of Law

Joanne Zinger, Ph.D.
Lecturer with Security of Employment in Psychology & Social Behavior