Forensic Behavioral Science Degree Overview
A passion for making the world safer and more secure. A desire to prevent, investigate, and mitigate conflict and violence. A passion to work within the criminal justice system. A commitment to addressing and managing crises methodically and scientifically. These are the qualities shared by the students and faculty of the Master of Science in Forensic Behavioral Science Degree Program offered by the California School of Forensic Studies (CSFS) at Alliant International University. If you have the critical thinking skills, interest in mental illness and human behavior, and you're looking to make a difference in your community, enroll in our Master's in Forensic Behavioral Science degree today.
Faculty and Admissions
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Graduate students in our master’s program will create a professional e-portfolio of work that will help them advance and enhance their forensic behavior science careers from the moment they graduate.
The program also offers several concentrations, such as: Criminal Behavior; Forensic Linguistics; Forensic Victimology; Professional Security & Protection; and Trial Consulting so that students can translate their education into impact across a variety of specialties.
The Master in Forensic Behavioral Science is offered online with two weekend residencies, and utilizes simulations and case studies to support the application of theory to practice. Students will gather critical thinking skills, knowledge in crime scene profiling and criminal profiling, enhancing their future success in the field.
Faculty Spotlight: Diana Concannon
Diana M. Concannon, PsyD, is Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at Alliant International University, Dean of the California School of Forensic Psychology, and Director of the APA-Accredited California Psychology Internship Consortium. To each of these positions, she brings more than 25 years of executive leadership experience to support the development and delivery of quality, practical, and accessible education in various mental health disciplines.
She is a forensic psychologist, licensed to practice in California, New York, Utah, and Washington D.C., a Professional Certified Investigator by the American Society for Industrial Security, a Rape Escape Instructor, and a Loyola Law School-trained Mediator.
She is the author of Kidnapping: An Investigator’s Guide to Profiling and Neurocriminology: Forensic and Legal Applications, Public Policy Implications, as well as numerous journal articles on extremism, threat assessment and risk management.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?
Graduates of the Master's in Forensic Behavioral Science degree program can expect work in the legal system such as a crime analyst or in law enforcement. They can also work in private security, emergency medical services, fire services, corrections, mental health and allied fields, risk management, and forensic linguistics.
What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
When does the Master’s in Forensic Behavioral Science degree program start?
The Master’s in Forensic Behavioral Science degree program is offered as an 8-week term program and is open for enrollment during those enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our 8-week term academic calendar here.
How long does it take to complete the MS in Forensic Behavioral Science program?
The Master’s in Forensic Behavioral Science degree program is a 36-credit program and takes a minimum of 1 year to complete, across 7 terms.
Who teaches the classes?
CSFS faculty members include criminologists, forensic psychologists, law enforcement officers, security professionals, and legal professionals who are engaged in professional practice.
What is the modality of this program?
The MS in Forensic Behavioral Science is offered online with two weekend residencies, offering flexibility without sacrificing quality.
Program Campus Locations
The Master of Science in Forensic Behavioral Science Degree Program is offered as an online program. Explore our online programs below.
At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.
The California School of Forensic Studies is dedicated to graduating rigorously educated and trained professionals who impact society, public opinion, and policy by applying science in the service of preventing, investigating, and mitigating conflict and violence.