Certificate in Forensic Psychology

The field of forensic psychology examines the intersection between human behavior and the law. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies has partnered with SDSU’s Homeland Security Graduate Program to launch this comprehensive, online Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology with an emphasis in Mental Illness Risk Management, specifically designed for individuals in law enforcement, fire and rescue, emergency management, and community organizing. It’s also ideally suited for those interested in forensic psychology, homeland security, public safety, and disaster-response humanitarian assistance.

Enrolling in the Certificate

You may enroll in the Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology Online program at any time (even before registering for a course) by clicking on the Enroll Now button at the top of the page. Enrolling is free and offers many benefits. It secures the curriculum you’re required to complete (should the requirements change in the future), allows you to track your progress through the program, and see upcoming courses when you log into your student portal. Enroll today!

About This Certificate
In recent years, it has become increasingly clear that interactions between emergency responders and the public they serve are becoming more difficult, frequently because of cultural differences and mental health challenges. Resulting miscommunication all too often leads to fatal altercations, and yet our emergency professionals receive little if any training in how to understand and mitigate these issues.

This certificate places special emphasis on the challenges emergency responders face in working with disabled and immigrant populations. It offers proven tools to boost resilience in both emergency professionals and civilians in the wake of natural disasters and other community traumas. It also enables community leaders and organizers to appreciate the community-oriented goals of law enforcement, helping to build trust and social capital on both sides, with the goal of generating real solutions.

Program Highlights

  • Fully online
  • Five eight-week courses
  • Instructors are all content specialists with real-world experience

Who Will Benefit
This certificate program would be beneficial for those pursuing promotion, seeking Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) training, planning to enter graduate programs in forensic psychology, or simply wishing to expand their knowledge base. It may also fulfill continuing education unit (CEU) requirements. This curriculum is recommended for:

  • Law enforcement professionals
  • Fire and rescue professionals
  • Other first responders
  • Emergency managers
  • Community organizers
  • Forensic nurses
  • Forensic social workers
  • Corrections personnel
  • Parole and probation workers
  • Military police
  • Victim advocates
  • Elected Officials
  • Counselors
  • Pastors
  • Attorneys
  • Students

Certificate Requirements
To earn the Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology, you must successfully complete two (2) core courses and three (3) electives within two (2) years.

Core Courses
Introduction to Mental Health
Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Elective Courses (choose three)
Cyber Psychology
Correctional and Police Psychology
Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Counter-Terrorism
Challenges & Psychological Components for Active Shooter Identification
Immigration Psychology

For more information email forensic.certificate@sdsu.edu.

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The certificate has been approved as part of the Workforce partnership.



There are no course restrictions.

These non-credit courses can be used towards the Certificate in Forensic Psychology but not towards your Psychology Degree.

Financial aid is not available for Non-credit courses.


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