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Forensic Psychology

Degree Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Location UOIT, Downtown Oshawa
Start dates September
Length Four years
Program load Full-time
OUAC code DPS
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Forensic psychology contributes to increased public safety by improving our understanding and support of victims, witnesses and offenders as they move through the criminal justice system from the initial criminal investigation, to their experiences with the court, to rehabilitation and reintegration into the community.

General information

Forensic psychology exists at the intersection between psychology and the justice system. It involves applying the principles and scientific methods of psychology to the study of both criminal behaviour and the basic tenets of the judicial system. Specific applications include the study of eyewitness memory, the intricacies of jury decision making, effective police interrogation techniques, and the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of criminal behaviour.

You will study the core areas of psychology: social, cognitive, developmental and abnormal, as well as research methods and data analysis. You will explore a variety of forensic psychology courses that apply psychology to crime, policing, the courts, corrections and other aspects of the justice system. You will also have opportunities to incorporate aspects of criminology, legal studies, health and neuroscience into your degree, with the objective of developing unique knowledge and skill sets.

Students have access to new, modern buildings and innovative labs including:

  • Forensic Psychology Laboratory 
  • Social Science Library 

Additional information

Forensic Psychology on the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities website

Admission requirements

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M courses, 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) is taken.

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

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
Ontario secondary school applicants
Ontario secondary school graduates
Canadian out-of-province high school applicants
international applicants
mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary)
transfer applicants
General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants
home-schooled applicants

Program curriculum

Sample courses: 

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Confessions and Interrogations
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Essentials of Biology 
  • Eyewitness Psychology 
  • Forensic Science 
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Psychology of Deviance Psychopathic Behaviour
  • Research Methods
  • Sexual Offenders
  • Social Psychology
  • Treatment in Forensic Settings 

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic CalendarCourses 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 is an experiential learning tool that provides students with opportunities to acquire workplace skills and knowledge, confront the relationship between theory and practice, and cultivate a sense of personal and professional development. The Practicum course consists of 100 hours of fieldwork, several in-class seminars and a set of academic assignments.

Career opportunities

You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed in careers including:

  • child protection worker
  • corrections officer
  • law enforcement officer
  • mental-health technician
  • probation manager
  • psychologist (after further study)
  • residential youth counsellor

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

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