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Psychology - Forensic Psychology


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


Faculty of Social Science and Humanities


UOIT, Downtown Oshawa

Start dates:



Four years

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General information:

The Forensic Psychology program at UOIT prepares students for leadership roles in the interface between psychology and law. This program combines disciplinary study in psychology, specialized study in forensic psychology, study in related fields at UOIT and applied learning experiences to prepare students to work in a variety of settings, and for post-secondary study in fields associated with forensic psychology. 

The first and second years of study are common to all Forensic Psychology students. In the third and fourth years, students develop unique knowledge bases and skills through carefully selected elective coursework in Forensic Psychology and related disciplines and applied learning experiences.

Admission requirements:

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U). It is recommended that Biology (SBI4U) and one of Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) or Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U) be taken. Applicants with credentials from outside Ontario should visit the Admissions section. 

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

Last year's cut-off:

70 per cent

Expected cut-off:

Low 70s

Program Curriculum:

Sample courses: 
  • Biology 
  • Introduction to Canadian Legal System 
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice 
  • Introduction to Forensic Science 
  • Introductory Psychology 
  • Introductory Sociology 
  • Political Science 
  • Writing for the Social Sciences

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning:

A limited number of fourth-year students are granted an opportunity to participate in a learning experience with a community organization. The practicum course consists of 100 hours of fieldwork, several in-class seminars and a set of academic assignments.

Career opportunities:

The Forensic Psychology program will prepare students for the wide variety of careers available to students with bachelor’s degrees in general Psychology, but will particularly emphasize bachelor-level careers in which Psychology intersects with the legal systems. When taken in combination with other courses and concentrations available at UOIT as part of the degree program, Forensic Psychology graduates will be eligible for careers such as:

  • Alcohol and drug abuse counsellor
  • Case worker
  • Child protection worker
  • Corrections officer
  • Crime prevention officer
  • Family service worker
  • Intelligence officer
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Mediator
  • Mental health technician
  • Private security officer
  • Probation officer
  • Research assistant
  • Residential youth counsellor
  • Social services assistant
  • Statistical assistant

The Forensic Psychology program will also prepare students for graduate-level training in Psychology and Forensic Psychology.

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