California School of Forensic Studies

Delivering quality, practical education and training in the field of forensic behavioral science

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Forensic Behavioral Sciences at CSFS


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

CSFS programs share a common approach to education and training: effectively adapting theoretical principles to real-world situations, and supporting students to strengthen their professional identities as ethical, effective, and compassionate forensic practitioners.

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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 behavioral science. Take the next step in your career by applying for a forensic program at our university in California today.

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Faculty

One of the most important aspects of the forensic degree programs offered at CSFS is an integration of coursework and practical experience. All of the forensic behavioral science programs are taught by industry experts with extensive field experience. Most importantly, our faculty are committed to graduating future colleagues who will join them in making an impact in the broad field of forensic behavioral science. 

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National and Global Partnerships

Students benefit from the partnerships CSFS has with various national and international agencies and organizations, including Forensic Linguistics Intelligence, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), and ASIS International. Some courses and certificates are also eligible for continuing education (CE) credit through the American Psychological Association. 

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CSFS Information


Find Your Speciality

Our Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology, Public Policy and Law; Master’s of Science degree programs in Forensic Behavioral Science and Forensic Leadership and Administration are offered online with two weekend residencies. Our Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice Systems is offered at our San Diego campus. Our Advanced Practice Certificates are fully online.  Each program is designed to enhance the professional practice skills of those interested in entering, or those currently working in, forensic fields in a variety of contexts. Each program offers practical training in relevant specialty areas in which students can chose to concentrate:  

  • Criminal Behavior
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Forensic Victimology
  • Professional Security & Protection
  • Trial Consulting

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

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Advance Your Career

The Institute of Forensic Behavioral Science, Public Safety, and Justice - Advanced Practice Certificates

The Institute 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 practicing faculty experts. Most* entail three, three-unit eight week courses:

  • Advanced Situational Awareness and Safety
  • 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
  • RESPOND: Law Enforcement-Mental Health Response Team
  • TeleMental Health
  • Threat Assessment and Management
  • Trial Consulting

*Fundamentals of Correctional Psychology with Assessment and Police Psychology for Licensed Practitioners entail four, three-unit courses.

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Research

The field of forensic behavioral science is constantly evolving as new technologies and databases are developed. CSFS faculty and students contribute to the corpus of information upon which the field relies through original research in forensic linguistics, forensic victimology, police science, contextual intelligence, behavioral threat assessment and risk management, and related areas.

All degree programs are anchored in strong social science research methods, designed to advance critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

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Strong Alumni Network

Alumni of the California School of Forensic Studies can be found in prominent positions across the United States, including in police departments, security organizations, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, departments of correction, and research universities.

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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, with the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and institutional racism converging at a time when the U.S. is experiencing its third consecutive year of increased violent crime, 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 in gaining the skills to allow 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

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Professor Diana Concannon from the Masters in Behavioral Science Program
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Take the Next Step in Your Career Path

With a continuum of education and training opportunities, ranging from advanced practice certificates, to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, to a Doctorate degree, the California School of Forensic Studies can support you to achieve your education, training, and professional goals wherever you currently are along your career path. 

If you’re ready to explore or further your career in forensic behavioral science, please contact Alliant University today at 1 (866) 679-3032.

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