California School of Forensic Studies

Complete Your Training in Forensic Studies


CSFS Overview - Forensic Psychology and Behavioral Sciences


The California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University is on the forefront of redefining and expanding the traditional definitions of forensic psychology studies and criminology. As one of the first schools of criminology and forensic psychology studies in the nation, we strive to impact society, public opinion, and policy through evidence-based practices.

The California School of Forensic Studies (CSFS) is dedicated to graduating rigorously educated and trained professionals who impact society, public opinion, and policy by applying behavioral science in the service of preventing, investigating, and mitigating conflict and violence.

Two key objectives shared by all CSFS programs:

  • Effectively adapt theoretical principles to real-world situations.
  • Establish professional identities as ethical, effective, and compassionate forensic professionals.

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Psychology and Behavioral Sciences: Programs & Degrees

The California School of Forensic Studies (CSFS) at Alliant International University is on the forefront of delivering quality, practical education and training in the field of forensic psychology programs in California.



One of the most important aspects of the degree programs offered at CSFS is an integration of coursework and practical experience. All of the forensic behavioral analysis and criminology programs at CSFS are taught by faculty that have extensive training and field experience, with many regarded as industry experts. More importantly, our faculty truly cares about students' success.

Our graduates are well-equipped to enter careers in exciting fields and prepared for rewarding work that makes a difference in the lives of others.



CSFS Information

Find Your Speciality

Our Online Master of Science Degree Programs in Forensic Behavioral Science and Forensic Leadership and Administration are designed to enhance the professional practice skills of those interested in entering—or currently working in—the forensic fields. You can tailor your degree to focus on your specific professional interest through one of the programs highly relevant concentrations:

  • Advanced Situational Awareness
  • Forensic Victimology
  • Criminal Behavior
  • Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies
  • Trial Consulting

All CSFS programs are taught by faculty who practice within the fields of forensic psychology, law, law enforcement, or security.


Advance Your Career

The California Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Behavioral Science, Public Safety, and Justice Advanced Practice Certificates

The California Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Behavioral Science, Public Safety, and Justice is dedicated to providing law enforcement, security professionals, other first responders, and mental and allied health professionals with practical forensic education and training through our Advanced Practice Certificates (APCs). All APCs are offered online by faculty experts who practice in the respective fields, and are offered as 3 courses over 3, 8-week terms:

  • Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Forensic Victimology
  • Fundamentals of Correctional Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Correctional Psychology with Assessment
  • Fundamentals of Military and Veterans Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Police Psychology
  • Police Psychology for Licensed Practitioners
  • TeleMental Health

Significant Opportunities for Research

The fields of forensics and criminology are still growing and evolving, and much more research still needs to be done to further advance these fields. At Alliant International University, we recognize this, and our criminal psychology program and forensic analysis curriculum is always changing to adapt to today’s changing landscape. 

Our forensic psychology degree programs in California are anchored in strong social science research methods, designed to advance critical thinking and problem-solving skills. At the California School of Forensic Studies, you can work with faculty to become part of expanding this area of professional practice and academic study.


Strong Alumni Network

Alumni of the California School of Forensic Studies can be found in prominent positions across the United States, including the Lead Psychologist for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the University Chair of the Department of Psychology at University of Virginia.


Welcome from the Dean

I’d like to welcome you to the California School of Forensic Studies (CSFS) at Alliant International University.

The current state of our world —3 consecutive years in which violent crime has increased, a 30-year high in suicides, quadruple the number of natural disasters over the last half century, and a doubling of the number of active shooter incidents — renders the need for qualified forensic experts greater than ever.

As a practicing forensic psychologist, I have the privilege of working in concert with law enforcement, security professionals, human resource executives, and other mental health practitioners on efforts designed to prevent, investigate, and assess violence.

The CSFS faculty and I are dedicated to providing you with education and training that will support you to positively impact society, public opinion, and policy through the prevention, investigation, and mitigation of conflict and violence.

In each CSFS course, you will gain the skills, knowledge, and competence to positively impact communities through the application of theory to practice, the transformation of research into purpose, and the mobilization of intent into engagement.

I thank you for choosing to join us in this incredibly rewarding field, and look forward to meeting and supporting you as you pursue your education with us.

My Best,

Diana M. Concannon, PsyD
Dean, California School of Forensic Studies

Professor Diana Concannon from the Masters in Behavioral Science Program

Prepare Your Next Step in Forensics and Criminology

As one of the first forensic psychology schools in the country, the California School of Forensic Studies has amassed accomplished faculty, professionally trained thousands of alumni, and developed a balanced program in both breadth and depth, as well as scholarship and practice. 

With a variety of different bachelor's and master's degree programs to choose from, we make it easy for you to become the forensic psychologist you've always wanted to be. With our world-class education, you'll learn valuable problem-solving skills and have hands-on experience that will help you succeed and thrive in your future career.

If you’re ready to explore or further your career in forensics, contact Alliant University today at 1-866-825-5426.


What will your impact be?

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